Furniture

Steam Bent Music Stand

Steam Bent Music Stand “Learning to bend wood with steam takes practice, just like playing an instrument.”  By Seth Keller Bending wood with steam always intrigued me, but I never tried it. The process seemed mysterious, complicated and maybe even dangerous. But one day a beat-up old music stand motivated me to...

The Unsinkable Molly Brown’s Parlor Table

The Unsinkable Molly Brown's Parlor Table This little charmer folds flat, then sets up in seconds. By Tim Johnson This table is an accurate reproduction of one purchased by Molly Brown and her husband in the late 1880s, when they were starting their family in the rough mining town of Leadville,...

Trophy Coffee Table

Trophy Coffee Table Stunning Beauty Right from the Tree By Dave Munkittrick Big planks of wood with natural bark edges make my heart race. Most woodworkers share a desire to build something from a single, thick plank of wood. After 20 years of building custom cabinets and furniture, I finally got...

AW Extra 1/2/14 – Beautiful Boulle Work

Beautiful Boulle Work A masterpiece of inlaid intricacy begins with a sandwich of brass, sheet, wood veneer and waxed paper. By Silas Kopf “Plus c’a change, plus c’est la même chose.” This centuries-old French expression translates something like this: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” It’s a...

AW Extra 10/3/13 – Classic Country Hutch

Classic Country Hutch American style and classic hardwood create a timeless treasure By Tim Johnson Tall and stately, this cupboard promises to be the focal point of any dining area. A functional wonder, it combines elegant display with spacious storage. For you as a builder, though, this cupboard is loaded with...

The Telephone Game – Woodworking Version

All life is an experiment.  The more experiments you make the better. – Ralph Waldo Emerson You know what the Telephone Game is, right?  One person starts by whispering a phrase into the next person’s ear and that person whispers what they heard to the next person and this continues down the line....

AW Extra 8/8/13 – Log Cabin Writing Desk

Log Cabin Writing Desk Rustic tradition meets modern style. By Chris Cander and Mark Love Coziness is built right into this desk, because it was inspired by a log cabin. Squint a bit and you’ll see logs and chinking—the muck-and-straw mixture pioneers depended on to keep out drafts. Squinting isn’t necessary...

Computer Armoire

Computer Armoire Build an updated American classic from bargain-priced plywood and poplar. By Jeff Corns My wife and I enjoy antique country furniture. It's usually a bargain, but we've been unable to find a piece that would hold all of our computer gear. I'm a professional cabinetmaker, so naturally my wife...

Design in Wood: The Winners, part 2

Selecting "Best of Show" awards at the San Diego "Design in Wood" exhibition on behalf of Woodwork and American Woodwork was a challenge. As I described in my last blog, the process for choosing the winner in the Furniture category was made somewhat easier because at least all the contenders were...