Shaker Furniture: 12 Timeless Woodworking Projects

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Widely admired for its clean lines, simple beauty, and long-lasting quality, Shaker furniture has stood the test of time in form and function. It remains a fundamental and popular style that most woodworkers aspire to build in their lifetime.

As part of the Built to Last Project Series, Shaker Furniture delves into this traditional style with 12 enduring projects such as the Enfield side chair, a meeting house bench, a trestle table, and a pie safe. Also included are smaller and...

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Overview

Widely admired for its clean lines, simple beauty, and long-lasting quality, Shaker furniture has stood the test of time in form and function. It remains a fundamental and popular style that most woodworkers aspire to build in their lifetime.

As part of the Built to Last Project Series, Shaker Furniture delves into this traditional style with 12 enduring projects such as the Enfield side chair, a meeting house bench, a trestle table, and a pie safe. Also included are smaller and equally classic Shaker projects such as a wall clock, step stool, pegboard, and oval boxes.

Step-by-step instructions, accompanied by crisp drawings detailing every piece of the project and how it all goes together, will guide you in building from the plans as well as developing your skill at designing Shaker-style projects of your own.

Series Copy
The Built to Last Series features the fundamental furniture and cabinet projects that are at the core of woodworking. These projects become a benchmark of knowledge as a woodworker starts with the basics, builds experience, and moves to more ambitious challenges. Before long, an accomplished woodworker is proudly furnishing a home with handmade furniture that is passed to the next generation with pride.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
This is the first book in a new series titled "Built to Last". The initial book looks at the beauty and simplicity of Shaker furniture with some great ideas and plans. Methods of work are discussed and full construction details are illustrated. Chairs, tables, pie safes and other classic Shaker designs are included in this great book. Traditional oval boxes, a wall clock and a step stool are also illustrated. One project that you will certainly want to build is the traditional Shaker rocking chair and the book shows you how to build it. The book also shows you how to 'rush' the seat. An excellent book for both novice and pro woodworkers alike.

Part of the publisher's "Built To Last" series focusing on furniture and cabinetry, this volume presents a small sampling of projects. Background information on Shakers and their influence on style precedes a gallery of furniture samples. The projects embody simple, classic design and include construction information on lathe work, bending the slats, assembly, and weaving the rush seat. The instruction level is not basic but fine for the experienced woodworker.

SHAKER FURNITURE, one of seven volumes in the Built to Last Project Series from Fox Chapel Publishing, offers classic furniture and cabinet projects, including an Enfield side chair, a meeting house bench, a trestle table and a pie safe. Also included are smaller projects such as a wall clock, step stool, pegboard and Shaker boxes. The book's step-by-step instructions and drawings will help the reader build from the plans or serve as a starting point for a custom design.

Library Journal
Part of the publisher's "Built To Last" series focusing on furniture and cabinetry, this volume presents a small sampling of projects. Background information on Shakers and their influence on style precedes a gallery of furniture samples. The projects embody simple, classic design and include construction information on lathe work, bending the slats, assembly, and weaving the rush seat. The instruction level is not basic but fine for the experienced woodworker.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565234673
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Built to Last Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John Kelsey is a journalist and editor specializing in woodworking and furniture making. He has a degree in woodworking and furniture design from the School for American Craft at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is a former editor in chief of Fine Woodworking magazine and a publisher of woodworking and home building books at the Taunton Press. He is the author of Furniture Projects for the Deck and Lawn. He lives in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: Shaker Design

*Redefining Shaker Style

*Elegant Shaker Box

*A Shaker Life

Chapter 2: Chairs

*Enfield Side Chair

*Rush Seat

*Shaker Rocking Chair

*Tape Seat

*Meeting house Bench

Chapter 3: Tables

*Trestle Table

*Drop-Leaf Table

*Candle Stand

Chapter 4: Pie Safe

*Anatomy of a Pie Safe

Chapter 5: Shaker Classics

*Wall Clock

*Step Stool

*Shaker Boxes

*Pegboard

Index

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