Article Index Chuck Bender

Quarter Columns

Forget the lathe; a router table setup makes quick work of these striking architectural features. By Charles Bender Pages 28-31 If 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...

A Trio of Trifids

A Trio of Trifids

Three variations on a carved foot offer high style. By Charles Bender Pages 36-41 Access 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...

Just Plane Round

An exercise in dowel-making without a lathe. By Charles Bender Pages: 46-49 From 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...

Chester County Style

This Pennsylvania area developed unique and recognizable furniture. By Charles Bender Pages: 52-55 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy the issue now From 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...

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...

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...

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.”...