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Styles and Forms

Furniture design has seen many styles and forms throughout its rich history, from the rectilinear designs of the Arts and Crafts movement to the instantly recognizable Windsor chair. Furniture makers and designers have set new trends across continents
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  • How to Make a Shaker BoxHow to Make a Shaker Box

    by Pete Baxter

    Simple, practical, and elegant, the Shaker box was used to hold everything from sewing notions to seeds. It's not difficult to make, using straight-grain hardwood ...

  • Mining Danish ModernMining Danish Modern

    by Tim Rousseau

    In this first Designer's Notebook department, we take a look at the inspiration and design process behind a desk by Timothy Rousseau. The inspiration was Danish ...

  • Putting the Primal into Production: Dean PulverPutting the Primal into Production: Dean Pulver

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Dean Pulver combines the efficiency of machine work with the satisfaction of handwork to make his innovative tables. He got his production acumen from years of ...

  • 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 ...

  • Uncommon Arts & CraftsUncommon Arts & Crafts

    by Jonathan Binzen

    There is a wealth of amazing Arts and Crafts design to be found outside the mainstream—away from the well-known and much-heralded pieces by the likes of the Greene ...

  • Building a Community of BenchesBuilding a Community of Benches

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Take a closer look at four of the utopian benches Francis Cape re-created after traveling to 12 Utopian communities and writing a book about the benches he found ...

  • Develop Your Own DesignsDevelop Your Own Designs

    by Michael C. Fortune

    Learning to design furniture can seem intimidating, but Michael Fortune has boiled down his technique into seven basic steps that any woodworker can follow. His ...

  • Butternut BeautyButternut Beauty

    by Jonathan Binzen

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

  • Tips for Drawer Runners and KickersQ & A: Tips for Drawer Runners and Kickers

    by Christian Becksvoort

  • The Classic Shaker StyleThe Classic Shaker Style

    by Christian Becksvoort

    What makes a piece of furniture quintessentially Shaker? What defines the style that so many furniture makers see as the epitome of clean lines and excellent craftsmanship? ...

  • How to Turn a Shaker Leg on a LatheVideo: How to Turn a Shaker Leg on a Lathe

    with Christian Becksvoort

    Breeze through this elegant turning with guidance from a Shaker expert

  • Ming Masterpiece, Joint by JointMing Masterpiece, Joint by Joint

    by Anissa Kapsales

    When John Cameron (back cover FWW #206) set out to build an exact reproduction of an original Ming Dynasty table, he knew the joinery would tap into all his skill ...

  • Grand Illusion on a Small ScaleGrand Illusion on a Small Scale

    by Anissa Kapsales

    Learn Joel Shepard's techniques for veneering and crafting wood in miniature

  • Authentic Shaker KnobsAuthentic Shaker Knobs

    by Christian Becksvoort

    Commonly called mushroom knobs, authentic Shaker knobs have a graceful profile that commercial versions can't quite replicate. Christian Becksvoort, a master of ...

  • Original Arts and CraftsOriginal Arts and Crafts

    by Nancy R. Hiller

    This companion piece to Nancy Hiller's Arts and Craft Wall Shelf shows how to apply an original Arts and Crafts finish. Hiller uses a five-step process that incorporates ...

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