Period - Fine Woodworking How-To


  • Learn From AntiquesLearn From Antiques

    by Steve Latta

    If you want to build furniture that will last well into the future, the best place to look is the past. Period furniture expert Steve Latta scoured the countryside ...

  • Mother Nature Meets Her MatchMother Nature Meets Her Match

    by Jonathan Binzen

    When Greg Brown decided to build a live-edge table in tribute to his older brother, he stepped away from the stark, plain base design that is traditionally paired ...

  • A Seat in the TreesA Seat in the Trees

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Greg Klassen’s slender side chair is packed with personal history....

  • Butternut BeautyButternut Beauty

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Garrett Hack mixes classic styling with playful details in his butternut cabinet....

  • Elements of FederalElements of Federal

    by Steve Latta

    The Federal period was an exciting time for the young United States and a prolific one for furniture makers. Stringing, banding, exotic veneers, and inlay are some ...

  • Heart of the BackHeart of the Back

    by Jonathan Binzen

    The nine separate parts that make up the back have to be linked seamlessly and flow together fluidly. See how he did it.

  • Secret to a Sheraton Leg? Divide and ConquerSecret to a Sheraton Leg? Divide and Conquer

    by Mario Rodriguez

    The turned legs on Mario Rodriguez's Sheraton table look daunting. They start with tight stack of rings, followed by 12 carved, tapered reeds that end in a small ...

  • Carve a Decorative FanCarve a Decorative Fan

    by Philip C. Lowe

    The visual centerpiece of Phil Lowe's Queen Anne lowboy is this carved fan, which decorates the bottom center drawer. This motif was a popular element for this ...

  • Make an Oval Fan InlayVideo: Make an Oval Fan Inlay

    with John Gush

    A fast and repeatable method for cutting, shading, and assembling the veneers on this Federal-period decoration

  • Freestyle Relief CarvingVideo: Freestyle Relief Carving

    with Peter Follansbee

    Learn to carve intricate surface decorations with basic layout tools and a handful of carving gouges

  • Curved Dividers for Glass DoorsCurved Dividers for Glass Doors

    by Richard Oedel

    The graceful and elegant curved muntins used on Federal furniture take time to make. But when executed well, they can transform a piece. Richard Oedel has devised ...

  • A Woodworker's OdysseyA Woodworker's Odyssey

    by Joel Ficke

    How learning from the pros can propel your woodworking skill level to unimagined heights

  • Making an Ogee Bracket FootVideo: Making an Ogee Bracket Foot

    with Lonnie Bird

    Part 1 of 3: Cut the miter and bandsaw the profile from a classic ogee template

  • Federal-Style Stringing and BandingFederal-Style Stringing and Banding

    by Steve Latta

    In this Master Class, Steve Latta describes how to veneer the feet of the Federal-Style Card table; how to add banding to the apron and the feet; and how to inlay ...

  • How to Inlay Ornamental BellflowersHow to Inlay Ornamental Bellflowers

    by Steve Latta

    Bellflower inlays come in many variations, but the type used on the card table I built are common to Baltimore work and are extremely beautiful.If you’ve never ...

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