American Country Furniture: Projects from the Workshops of David T. Smith

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American Country Furniture
Create a Beautiful Country Home with More than 40 Early American Projects

Everyone loves American country furniture for its simple design. attention to detail, and faithfulness to tradition. At The Workshops of David T. Smith, the talented crafts people not only build furniture that's similar to what their great-great- grandfathers might have built in the workshops of yesteryear, but...

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American Country Furniture: Projects From the Workshops of David T. Smith (American Woodworker)

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Overview

American Country Furniture
Create a Beautiful Country Home with More than 40 Early American Projects

Everyone loves American country furniture for its simple design. attention to detail, and faithfulness to tradition. At The Workshops of David T. Smith, the talented crafts people not only build furniture that's similar to what their great-great- grandfathers might have built in the workshops of yesteryear, but they also build it in the same manner: one craftsman building each piece from start to finish.
With American Country Furniture, you too can build 50 of David T. Smith's most popular furniture reproductions. Each project includes clearly illustrated diagrams and step-by-step instructions detailing how to cut and assemble each part. You will learn common woodworking techniques, and even discover how the furniture was used during those times gone by. With American Country Furniture and the guidance of the master craftsmen at The Workshops of David T. Smith, you will be inspired to continue this proud furniture-making tradition.

American Country Furniture projects included:
Dry Sink - Shaker Candlestand - Pencil-Post Bed
Pie Safe - Ladder- Back Chair - Trestle Table
Spice Cupboard, and more!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
For anyone who loves to build long-lasting country furniture comes a thoroughly illustrated handbook from the master craftsmen at The Workshops, a well-known Ohio provider of Early American reproductions. David T. Smith, and the folks who work with him have emerged as outstanding historians, designers and artisans. American Country Furniture is a collection of their combined experienced, and reveals their outstanding woodworking techniques, as well as the history behind each of the 50 pieces of furniture included.

American Country Furniture, by Nick Engler and Mary Jane Favorite, features plans for 50 projects from the workshops of David T. Smith. Projects include a dry sink, Shaker candle stand, pencil-post bed, pie safe, ladder-back chair, trestle table, spice cupboard and more. Each projects includes a clearly illustrated diagram and step-by-step instructions detailing how to cut and assemble each part. The book describes common woodworking techniques and offers insight on how the furniture was used. Of particular interest is the finishing section, highlighted by instruction for achieving an antique or distressed appearance. Engler made traditional American musical instruments before he began to write about woodworking. Favorite is a woodworking artist best known for her furniture designs, hudnreds of which have been published in woodworking magazines and books.

Canadian Woodworking Magazine E-Newsletter

For anyone who loves to build long-lasting country furniture comes a thoroughly illustrated handbook from the master craftsmen at The Workshops, a well-known Ohio provider of Early American reproductions.

Woods
Each project includes a clearly illustrated diagram and step-by-step instructions detailing how to cut and assemble each part.
Lumberjocks.com
If you like American country furniture, then this book is a great resource for you, not only for the many plans but also for understanding what you are building and how to make it look American Country.
Furniture & Cabinetmaking Magazine (UK)
Fox Chapel's American Country Furniture will appeal to all lovers of this style.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565234321
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: American Woodworker Series
  • Pages: 327
  • Sales rank: 1,305,403
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Engler is the founder of Hands On! magazine and writes articles for Fine Woodworking and American Woodworker. He has published 48 books on woodworking, including the Workshop Companion series. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mary Jane Favorite is a folk artist, a woodworking designer, and an illustrator. She has contributed hundreds of her furniture designs to various woodworking books and magazines and is the coauthor of 50 Storage Projects for the Home and Country Woodworking. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

CONSTRUCTION
Tools, Materials, and Techniques

FOR EATING AND DRINKING
Trestle Table
Joining Breadboard Ends
Shaker Dining Bench
Shoe-Foot Settle Table
Spoon Rack
Knife Caddy

FOR READING AND WRITING
Lap Desk
Making Hand- Cut Dovetails
Bookshelf
Shaker Candle Ledge
Making Bentwood Boxes
Ratchet Candlestand
Meal Bin Filing Cabinet
Shaker Candlestand
Routing Dovetail Mortises and Tenons
Plantation Desk
Attaching Moldings

FOR DRESSING AND SLEEPING
Keeping Box
Pencil-Post Bed
Making Pencil Posts
Chest of Drawers
Shaker Cradle
Six-Board Chest
Fretwork Mirror
Turned-Post Bed

FOR SITTING AND REFLECTING
Ladder-Back Chair
Weaving a Tape Seat
Splay-Leg Side Table
Pouting Chair
Sofa Table
Wing-and-Arm Chair
Five-Board Bench
Occasional Tables

FOR COOKING AND BAKING
Bucket Bench
Pie Safe
Making Tin Panels
Water Bench
Herb Cupboard
Dry Sink
Making Backboards
Salt Box
Spice Cupboard
Driving Square Pegs in Round Holes

FOR STORING AND KEEPING
Hanging Corner Cabinet
Using Square-Cut Nails
Pewter Bench
Ohio Corner Cabinet
Chimney Cupboard
Hanging Corner Shelf
Plate Shelf
Whale Shelf
Step-Back Cabinet
Installing Glass in Cabinet Doors
Pipe Box

FINISH
Finishing Philosophy
Traditional Finishes
Museum-Quality Finishes

Sources
Index
Credits

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    The content itself is 5 stars.  There is a huge variety of proje

    The content itself is 5 stars.  There is a huge variety of projects for varying skill levels.  The author provides some fascinating historical background on what the pieces were originally used for and how they were made.  The projects are illustrated with measurements and explosion views so you have a better idea of exactly how they all fit together.  there are also special sections with the projects giving more detail on how to do the more unusual or complicated parts.  

    Unfortunately, the formatting does not work on Nook.  There's no way to expand the pages so that you can actually read it.  On the Nook, the writing is so tiny that I could barely make it out..  I was sort of able to read the descriptions with great effort, but I would not trust that I could see it clearly enough to use the measurements.  I can't even see if maybe it shows up larger online since it currently isn't available on Nook for web.  If there had been a preview available to have realized that this was a problem, I would not have bought it in the first place.  as it is, I will probably ask for a refund and see about just buying a hard copy.  Very disappointed. 

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