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Southern Sugar Chest

This 19th-century piece was designed to safeguard a then-precious commodity. Not so long ago, obtaining sugar wasn’t easy. It’s difficult to believe that the commodity we have in almost [...]

‘Rivet’ Your Furniture

This strong and simple – but uncommon – joint imparts a decorative touch. Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of Popular Woodworking. After 20 years of [...]

Danish Modern Campaign Chest

Built to move (and to last), this piece blends classic proportions and clean lines. When the British Empire began taking over the world in the 18th century, one vexing problem at its tropical [...]

New Hope Blanket Chest

Inspired by traditional Pennsylvania design, this chest is a dovetailer’s delight. I’ll bet that there’s a blanket chest somewhere on your honey-do list. It’s a useful piece that looks great in [...]

William & Mary Chest

Mortise-and-tenon joinery and side-hung drawers make for a simple but impressive build. Early in my career I met an avid antiques collector whose focus was objects from the William & Mary [...]

Greene & Greene-style Blanket Chest

A simple approach to a sublime design. I’ve been enamored of Greene & Greene furniture since my early days of woodworking, well before I possessed the skills to produce such a piece. Since [...]

6-Board Chest

Use two planks, two days and two piles of nails to make this age-old form Six-board chests have been an enduring form of furniture in Western cultures for hundreds of years. And while they differ [...]

Hannah’s Inlaid Chest

Router and hand tools combine for line and berry inlay on this 18th-century piece. In 1746, at the age of four, Hannah Pyle stored her prized possessions in a small three-drawer chest with line [...]

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