American Country Furniture
Projects from the Workshops of
David T. Smith

by Nick Engler and
Mary Jane Favorite

190 x 23

Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA


ISBN 978-1-56523-432-1

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Extract from back cover of book:

Create a Beautiful Country Home with More Than 40 Early American Projects

Everyone loves American country furniture for its simple design, attention to detail, and faithfulness to tradition. At The Workshops of David T. Smith, the talented craftspeople not only build furniture that's similar to what their great-great-grandfathers might have built in the workshops of yesteryear, but they also build it in the same manner: one craftsman building each piece from start to finish.

With American Country Furniture, you too can build 50 of David T. Smith's most popular furniture reproductions. Each project includes clearly illustrated diagrams and step-by-step instructions detailing how to cut and assemble each part. You will learn common woodworking techniques, and even discover how the furniture was used during those times gone by. With American Country Furniture and the guidance of the master craftsmen at The Workshops of David T. Smith, you will be inspired to continue this proud furniture-making tradition.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial


Tools, Materials and techniques

For Eating and Drinking
Trestle Table
- Joining Breadboard Ends
Shaker Dining Bench
Shoe-Foot Settle Table
Spoon Rack
Knife Caddy

For Reading and Writing
Lap Desk - Making Hand-Cut Dovetails
Shaker Candle Ledge
- Making Bentwood Boxes
Ratchet Candlestand
Meal Bin Filing Cabinet
Shaker Candlestand
- Routing Dovetail Mortise and Tenons
Plantation Desk
- Attaching Mouldings

For Dressing and Sleeping
Keeping Box
Pencil-post Bed
- Making Pencil Posts
Chest of Drawers
Shaker Cradle
Six-Board Chest
Fretwork Mirror
Turned-Post Bed

For Sitting and Reflecting
Ladder-Back Chair
- Weaving a Tape Seat
Splay-Leg Side Table
Pouting Chair
Sofa Table
Wing-and-Arm Chair
Five-Board Bench
Occasional Tables

For Cooking and Baking
Bucket Bench
Pie Safe
- Making Tin Panels
Water Bench
Herb Cupboard
Dry Sink
- Making Backboards
Salt Box
Splice Cupboard
- Driving Square Pegs in Round Holes

For Storing and Keeping
Hanging Corner Cabinet
- Using Square-Cut Nails
Pewter Bench
Ohio Corner Cabinet
Chimney Cupboard
Hanging Corner Shelf
Plate Shelf
Whale Shelf
Step-Back Cabinet
- Installing Glass in CabinetDoors
Pipe Box

Finishing Philosophy
Traditional Finishes
Museum-Quality Finishes