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seuss79

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08-13-2018 01:31 PM

I’m new to woodworking and looking for ideas on furniture projects. I have been looking in the project gallery and see tons of beautiful stuff. I am looking for a list of furniture building styles.
Off the top of my head, I can think of:
Mission
Shaker

Both of these are Amish I believe. I’m sure there are tons of other styles out there but I have not found them doing forum searches.

Please chime in with a list of styles that you know of. Help me get more inspiration for my first real furniture project.


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rwe2156

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#1 posted 08-13-2018 01:51 PM

Just knowing the names won’t get you much without studying the styles.

I would say get a book at the library.

Or just Google it.

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#2 posted 08-13-2018 03:00 PM

That list is long. Her a few:
Mid century modern
Japanese
Chinese
Chippendale
French classicism (Ludvig xiv)
Bauhaus
Art noveau
Art deco
Hepplewhite
Victorian
Arts&crafts
Bodger style (wet wood)
Rustic
Federal
And so on..

But rather that focusing on styles it might be a better, and more inspiring, solution to write a list of items it could be fun to make, that you need, that someone would be glad to receive as a gift. For instance write all the things that could be made for a dining room. Then for the kitchen, the workshop, the kids room etc. Then do a google images search for your favorites of these items and ideas should pop up right away!

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#3 posted 08-13-2018 03:03 PM

Some other common & well known styles would include

Arts & Crafts
Mid Century
Federal
Queen Anne
Danish Modern
Campaign

Then you have the types that echo the original designers such as

Maloof
Nakashima
Greene & Greene

Those are just quickly off the top of my head, there are tons more.

A good book, as suggested above, or a general Google search instead of just searching the LJ forums would help you narrow down the look you are going for. After that you can delve into the construction methods.

Edit: I see kaerlighedsbamsen was posting as I was typing, so some duplication there.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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seuss79

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#4 posted 08-13-2018 06:30 PM

Thanks for the replies. I have looked up pieces such as nightstands, curio cabinet, etc. through Google and such. There are so many styles, I was looking for a list to add to the search criteria. I figure with that I can study the details of each and can then copycat or take elements of each for my own finished piece. You guys have given me a starting point.
Thank you.

I think my first project will be a nightstand for my daughter. I just need to decide what I want it to look like. It will be all oak.

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#5 posted 08-13-2018 06:39 PM

Mission style (surprised it hasn’t been mentioned).
Farmhouse

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#6 posted 08-13-2018 08:47 PM

And off course you have the freelance woodworking in which you create your own style.

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runswithscissors

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#7 posted 08-15-2018 03:24 AM

Mission style has nothing to do with Amish (though I see Amish workshops are making it). I’m guessing it might reflect the style in old Spanish missions . . . or? Okay, check out Wikipedia’s entry on it. Also related to arts & crafts style.

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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 08-15-2018 04:49 AM

When I build a piece of furniture, I usually don’t skip around too much…I have a couple of favorites that I like, and also a few of my customers ask for…those being Shaker and Arts & Craft styles….Those seem to be a couple of popular styles that most people can relate to…..I’ve always liked the Shaker style, because the Shakers had a belief that “form follows function”.....nothing gawdy….just simple, clean lines…..!!! If you take a look at some of my projects, you’ll see what I’m talking about…..!!

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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runswithscissors

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#9 posted 08-15-2018 06:42 PM

The Shakers were an interesting group. Though they practiced simplicity, they were not opposed to technology, and were themselves innovators in their furniture building. A shaker woman invented the first circular saw. I believe all their machinery was water powered.

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Desert_Woodworker

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#10 posted 08-15-2018 07:22 PM

use the “Golden Ratio” and you’ll be fine.

https://www.finewoodworking.com/FWNPDFfree/011168048.pdf

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CWWoodworking

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#11 posted 09-06-2018 03:35 AM



use the “Golden Ratio” and you ll be fine.

https://www.finewoodworking.com/FWNPDFfree/011168048.pdf

- Desert_Woodworker

Ha. I always chuckle at this. I find furniture that is anything but the “golden rule” more visually appealing.

I take a more systematic approach to designing furniture.

Form follows function. Define the space where it is going and make something pretty that will be functional for the space.

Ask your daughter what she likes. Kids almost always have a different take on things. ;)

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Desert_Woodworker

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#12 posted 09-06-2018 11:17 AM

Ha. I always chuckle at this. I find furniture that is anything but the “golden rule” more visually appealing.

- CWWoodworking


Each to his own… When it comes to the “Golden Ratio” not only does it work for me, not only in woodworking but in human anatomy.

#1 Golden ratio

#2 Non Golden ratio

For me, I’ll keep my furniture and women close to the Golden ratio rule.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#13 posted 09-08-2018 01:55 AM

How did you get pictures of my girlfriend?

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