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Quarter Columns

Forget the lathe; a router table setup makes quick work of these striking architectural features.By Charles Bender Pages 28-31If you want to add a little punch to your next traditional furniture project, try adding quarter columns. They help narrow the look of any piece by drawing your eye inward. This usually gives the piece the...

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A Trio of Trifids

Three variations on a carved foot offer high style.By Charles Bender Pages 36-41Access to information provides the modern woodworker with greater variety, and it challenges their skills more than their 18th-century counterparts. When we consider how fashion-conscious both producers and consumers were in the 1700s, it’s truly amazing to think how quickly the word spread...

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Just Plane Round

An exercise in dowel-making without a lathe.By Charles Bender Pages: 46-49From the February 2012 issue #195 Buy the issue now.During my formative years as a woodworker my instructor, Werner Duerr, taught many lessons both subtle and gross. Sometimes it wasn’t until years later that I learned the benefit. Toward the end of the first year,...

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Chester County Style

This Pennsylvania area developed unique and recognizable furniture.By Charles Bender Pages: 52-55From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue nowFrom its green rolling hills in the south and plains-like farmland in its middle to the nearly mountainous terrain in the north, the topography of Chester County, Penn., is as diverse as its people and,...

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It’s a Secret

Secret drawers and hidden compartments are as much fun to create as they are to discover. By Charles Bender Pages: 54-57 From the November 2009 issue #179 Buy this issue now When I was a teenager, I met a cantankerous old lumber guy. You know the type – a little too disgruntled to actually...

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Carving Spanish Feet

A Delaware Valley foot and a Pennsylvania ring-and-vase turning combine to develop a period-style design. By Charles Bender Pages: 55-57 From the April 2009 issue #175 Buy this issue now Years ago, when I first began my business as a period furniture maker, a close friend and mentor jumped on board to help kick...

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The William & Mary Style

This period ushered in a radical shift in furniture design and construction. By Charles Bender Pages: 46-49 From the April 2010 issue #182 Buy this issue now If you ask most people what they know about period furniture, many will shrug and say something like, “Oh, you mean that Colonial-style furniture.” Most woodworkers tend...