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Wood figure in design. How grain, color and texture can either enhance or disrupt the appearance of a piece of furniture.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #32 May-Jun 1993 pg. 52
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER #33 Jul-Aug 1993 pg. 6

Coping with wood movement. How to build furniture that won't crack or split. Includes advice on designing to deal with wood movement. Offers specifics on frame-and-panel construction, mortise-and-tenon problems, fastening tabletops, case construction, miters, dowels and screws. Charts show cross-train movement of flatsawn boards for various wood types and annual changes in average indoor relative humidity for 17 cities.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #34 Sep-Oct 1993 pg. 38
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER #35 Nov-Dec 1993 pg. 6

From concept to cutlist. Trouble-free projects begin by preparing sketches, working drawings, cutlists and bill of materials prior to building a piece of furniture.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #40 Oct 1994 pg. 44

How to determine the dimensions for a piece of furniture from a photograph using only simple drafting tools.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #77 Dec 1999 pg. 8

Tips on designing homebuilt furniture that is sized for the user.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Feb 1984 (v.62#2) pg. J1

Rearranging furniture. Ideas for modifying existing furniure projects to fit a new application or style. Includes tips on using the computer as a drawing tool.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Nov 2000 (v.24#2) pg. 43

Working with wood. The art of woodworking: A step-by-step guide to making fine furniture. Part 1. Design and drafting the detailed plans. Planning the materials and proceedures and readying the tools.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1979 (v.3#3) pg. 29

Working with wood. Part 2. Preparing the wood, shaping, assembly, sanding, finishing, and analysis of the results.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jan 1980 (v.3#4) pg. 36

Working with wood. Part 3. A look at the specific requirements of a piece of furniture in terms of function and appearance as well as techniques used in construction and cost.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Feb 1980 (v.3#5) pg. 34

Working with wood. Part 4. Determining proper balance, proportion and color harmony in designing furniture.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1980 (v.3#6) pg. 50

Profile and dimensions for constructing a bench that conforms to the human anatomy.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #53 Apr-May 1989 pg. 14

Drawings illustrate the important styling elements found in good Queen Anne tables.
FINE WOODWORKING #3 Summer 1976 pg. 40

Lester Margon discusses the process of making measured drawings of furniture which is on display in museums.
FINE WOODWORKING #5 Winter 1976 pg. 46

Antiqued pine furniture construction is detailed. A look at general design and construction elements covering carcase, drawers, doors, moldings, distressing, and finishing. Emphasis is on careful workmanship.
FINE WOODWORKING #7 Summer 1977 pg. 54

How to draw and carve the decorative fans which are a part of Queen Anne, Georgian and Chippendale furniture.
FINE WOODWORKING #7 Summer 1977 pg. 60

Tall chests. The art of proportioning used by 18th-century furniture makers is reviewed.
FINE WOODWORKING #9 Winter 1977 pg. 39

Advice for cabinetmaker on how to adapt the good design elements of Chippendale, Hepplewhite and Sheraton into your furniture projects.
FINE WOODWORKING #14 Jan-Feb 1979 pg. 77

Furniture from photographs. How to reproduce museum-quality furniture. The process begins by taking dimensions and details from photographs.
FINE WOODWORKING #17 Jul-Aug 1979 pg. 61

Profile of Hans Wagner, a modern master of furniture design, particularly chairs.
FINE WOODWORKING #21 Mar-Apr 1980 pg. 36

Measuring antiques. How to measure furniture in order to prepare drawings for reproducing the piece. Tips on tools and techniques for recording all the important dimensions and details.
FINE WOODWORKING #53 Jul-Aug 1985 pg. 52

Tips on scaling up a furniture design from a photograph.
FINE WOODWORKING #58 May-Jun 1986 pg. 14

Designing furniture for the disabled. Some tips.
FINE WOODWORKING #60 Sep-Oct 1986 pg. 116
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #62 Jan-Feb 1987 pg. 6

Drawing and the design process. Translating ideas into furniture. Advice on sketching, scale drawings, full-scale drawing, perspective drawing, mock-ups and prototypes.
FINE WOODWORKING #74 Jan-Feb 1989 pg. 70

Form in furniture. Six rules for creating better designs.
FINE WOODWORKING #78 Sep-Oct 1989 pg. 64

Queen Anne furniture. An overview of the history and elements of style. A related article looks at designing a bedroom set which incorporates Queen Anne elements into contemporary furniture.
FINE WOODWORKING #87 Mar-Apr 1991 pg. 73, 76

Integrating lathe-turned components into furniture in both design, functional and structural ways. Ideas from a furniture designer.
FINE WOODWORKING #96 Sep-Oct 1992 pg. 82

Furniture models help projects succeed. Making prototypes of cardboard, foam or paper help solve design and construction problems.
FINE WOODWORKING #111 Mar-Apr 1995 pg. 66

The test of time. An overview of which furniture construction and joint techniques will last the longest can be gotten by examining period furniture.
FINE WOODWORKING #137 Jul-Aug 1999 pg. 92

Designing a small cabinet to house audio equipment and CDs. Advice on determining the style, size, moldings, wood, and finish. The same procedures can be applied to cabinets for other applications.
HOME FURNITURE #1 Winter 1994 pg. 18

Scaling furniture from photographs. How to create shop drawings for accurate reproductions.
HOME FURNITURE #1 Winter 1994 pg. 28
Added Info HOME FURNITURE #2 Spring 1995 pg. 8

Drawing and using four basic curves. Enliven furniture designs with ovolos, ogees, serpentines and ellipses.
HOME FURNITURE #2 Spring 1995 pg. 24

Using the "golden section" to establish proportion in furniture.
HOME FURNITURE #3 Summer 1995 pg. 10

From concept to cabinet. Visualizing the finished piece through sketches, models and mockups.
HOME FURNITURE #3 Summer 1995 pg. 19

Orthographic projection. This basic drafting technique will help you visualize your furniture ideas and transfer them to paper.
HOME FURNITURE #4 Fall 1995 pg. 88

Using the Hambridge rectangles to determine proportion in a piece of furniture.
HOME FURNITURE #5 Winter 1995 pg. 14

Designing for upholstery. Discovering the hidden secrets for designing and building padded furniture.
HOME FURNITURE #5 Winter 1995 pg. 27

Where designs are born. Advice on keeping a sketchbook to record your furniture design ideas.
HOME FURNITURE #5 Winter 1995 pg. 89

Designing along the grain. Make the wood grain flow with the furniture. Orienting wood grain for the most pleasing effect in legs, doors, aprons, stretchers, and drawers.
HOME FURNITURE #6 Spring 1996 pg. 30

Sketches worth a thousand words. A perspective sketch renders an object in 3-D. Some tips on making furniture sketches.
HOME FURNITURE #6 Spring 1996 pg. 86

Using the Fibonacci series to proportion furniture. Whole numbers are used to produce graduations which approach the golden section ratios.
HOME FURNITURE #7 Summer 1996 pg. 14

Tips on drawing freehand curves (irregular or non-geometric curves) in furniture design.
HOME FURNITURE #7 Summer 1996 pg. 15

Designing with dividers. Ancient proportioning methods guide a modern furniture craftsman.
HOME FURNITURE #7 Summer 1996 pg. 84
Added Info HOME FURNITURE #8 Oct 1996 pg. 8

Architectural ornamentation. Borrow the best from classical buildings to include in furniture.
HOME FURNITURE #8 Oct 1996 pg. 32

Tips on refining your thumbnail furniture sketches. By tracing and redrawing your original sketches on a succession of pieces of tracing paper, you can develop a design in an efficient and controlled way.
HOME FURNITURE #11 Jun-Jul 1997 pg. 18

Getting the maximum out of medium-density fiberboard. Technique for using 1/4" MDF to make full-scale detailed front, side and top view drawings of furniture pieces.
HOME FURNITURE #12 Aug-Sep 1997 pg. 18

Keeping a design notebook. Some tips.
HOME FURNITURE #14 Dec 1997-Jan 1998 pg. 18

Chart of standard furniture dimensions (in inches).
HOMEOWNER Jun 1990 (v.15#5) pg. 13

A look at the design influences of Charles Lock Eastlake on American architecture and home decoration in the late 1800's.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1974 (v.2#8) pg. 1

Furniture design. A guide to the evolution of period styles.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1993 (v.170#8) pg. 53

Design your own furniture. Advice on knowledge needed, design principles, furniture standards, etc.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #53 Mar 1990 (v.9#5) pg. 35

How to prepare plans for a furniture project starting from a good three-quarter view photograph.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #67 Jul 1992 (v.12#1) pg. 66

Human factors in project design. The importance of checking dimensions before cutting materials for any project. Important measurements to remember when designing a table or desk.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #79 Jul 1994 (v.14#1) pg. 16

It's all in the box. Learn the tricks to modular furniture, then assemble this storage unit (or other furniture) by stacking square and rectangular boxes in various combinations.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #106 Jan 1999 (v.18#6) pg. 18, 58

Borrowing a design. Advice on designing an original piece of furniture by researching examples of good design.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #110 Sep 1999 (v.19#4) pg. 52

Woodworkers' standards. Seating and tables. A summary of the design and dimension standards established over the years by the furniture and wood industries, and by furniture designers.
WOOD MAGAZINE #9 Feb 1986 (v.3#1) pg. 54

Simple explanation of the "golden rectangle" or "golden section" theory of proportion used in furniture design.
WOOD MAGAZINE #91 Oct 1996 (v.13#7) pg. 24

Taking wood movement into consideration when designing and building furniture. Looks at attaching molding, table top fasteners, end caps on large solid-wood panels, wrapping around legs, and moisture imbalance.
WOODSMITH #87 Jun 1993 (v.15) pg. 12

Tips on achieving the distinctive southwestern style when building furniture. Included in an article on furniture maker Del Longanecker.
WOODWORK #5 Spring 1990 pg. 86

Furniture drawings. Understanding the basic concepts of multi-view and isometric drawing.
WOODWORK #40 Aug 1996 pg. 41
Added Info WOODWORK #41 Oct 1996 pg. 22

Tip suggests how to add a little style to plain furniture designs by substituting a top overlap and shelf or apron setbacks in place of flush joints.
WOODWORK #46 Aug 1997 pg. 4

Drawings illustrate design features found on the furniture of Thomas Sheraton, 1751-1806.
WOODWORKER #1020 Nov 1978 (v.82) pg. 500

Sitdown, Mr. and Mrs. Average. A look at the human factors which are basic to good furniture design.
WOODWORKER #1091 Oct 1984 (v.88) pg. 664

Through the golden gate. A look at the classical "rules" of proportion as applied by early cabinetmakers.
WOODWORKER #1102 Sep 1985 (v.89) pg. 686

Style in the making. What constitutes good furniture design. Several unique furniture pieces shown, including: (1) Pine and mahogany chest. (2) Coffee table which converts to a baby cradle. (3) Octagonal table with a glass top.
WOODWORKER May 1989 (v.93#5) pg. 419

Classical approach to furniture proportion utilizes the concept of the "Golden Section".
WOODWORKER Apr 1990 (v.94#4) pg. 315

Drawing for furniture designers. How to create elevational and perspective drawings for a professional presentation to a client.
WOODWORKING INTERNATIONAL #14 Dec 1989-Jan 1990 pg. 36

A look at cyma curves that are so frequently found in furniture.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1973 (v.29#4) pg. 42
Added Info WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1974 (v.30#1) pg. 51