Federal Furniture

Federal Furniture

by Mike Dunbar

Paperback(Reprint ed.)

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Take a Step Back in Time with Easy Instructions for Building 18th Century Pieces

The end of the 18th century was a fascinating time in American history. With the end of the Revolutionary War in 1781 and the ratification of the U.S. Constitution seven years later, the country was embarking on one of the most radical political experiments in history.

As the U.S. laid the groundwork for the Industrial Revolution, the arts began to bear influence of the era. The emerging style, produced from 1790 to 1820, is known as Federal.

In this comprehensive guide, expert woodworker Michael Dunbar provides complete, illustrated instructions for replicating Federal style tables, chairs, beds, chests, mirrors, desks and candlestands.

By addressing Federal furniture from the point of view of those who lived through the time as well as the perspective of the craftsmen who built the furniture, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in history, antiques and that era.

For more expert woodworking guidance, be sure to get Mike's other books, Make a Windsor Chair (paperback, ISBN 978-1-63561-768-9), and Easy Woodworking Projects (hardcover, 978-1-63561-768-9), both published by Echo Point Books.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635617672
Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
Publication date: 11/04/2019
Edition description: Reprint ed.
Pages: 194
Sales rank: 1,187,703
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

A master country woodworker, Michael Dunbar has written many books on Windsor chairs, hand tools, and Federal-style furniture, taught country woodworking and Windsor chair-building techniques at his school, The Windsor Institute, and at seminars around the country. Throughout his career as a craftsman he created the country's most sought-after Windsor chairs, one at a time, in his small shop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Though now retired from teaching, Mike still sells chair turnings and seat blanks; more information can be found at his web site, http://www.thewindsorinstitute.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction ... 4

CHAPTER ONE: Making the Seat

CHAPTER TWO: Making the Shield Seat

CHAPTER THREE: Making the Oval Seat

CHAPTER FOUR: Windsor Chair joints

CHAPTER FIVE: Turning the Legs ..

CHAPTER SIXL Socketing the Scat

CHAPTER SEVEN: Turning the Stretchers & Assembing the Undercarriage

CHAPTER EIGHT: Bending the Back 72

CHAPTER NINE: Whittling the Spindles

CHAPTER TEN: Assembling the Sack Back

CHAPTER ELEVEN: Assembling the Continuous Arm



CHAPTER FOURTEEN: Continuous Arm Plans

CHAPTER FIFTEEN: A Windsor Gallery

CHAPTER SIXTEEN: Sharpening Chairmaking Tools

APPENDIX A: The Little Black Chair

APPENDIX B: Bending at Home

APPENDIX C: Sandpaper Sharpening

APPENDIX D: Milk Paint

APPENDIX E: Refining Windsor Design

APPENDIX F: The Shave Horse Invective

APPENDIX G: Four Woodworking Objectives

APPENDIX H: Sack-Back Handout

APPENDIX I: Mistakes

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