In the Modern Style

In the Modern Style

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Features Instructions for 14 Imaginative and Attractive Projects Inspired By the Modern Era

From the editors of Fine Woodworking


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  • Product # 070698
  • Type Paperback
  • ISBN 978-1-56158-581-6
  • Published Date 2002
  • Dimensions 8-1/2 x 10-7/8
  • Pages 176
  • Photos color photos
  • Drawings and drawings
The retro look has fueled an unprecedented appreciation for the modern furniture styles of the 20th century. The cutting-edge designs based on simplified form and technical innovations have become the new classics. In the Modern Style shows the designs and techniques of 28 artisan furniture makers, all from the pages of Fine Woodworking magazine. Instructions for 14 imaginative and attractive projects are featured, including a component-built sideboard and mahogany bedside table. In addition, the craftsmen share their design strategy and how they executed new techniques including working with curved panels, thick veneer, and a vacuum press.

  • Attractive projects for a wide variety of pieces inspired by modern craftsmanship and style
  • Design inspiration for credenzas, built-ins, audio cabinets, and chairs
  • Methods for curved work, veneering, bent plywood inlays and many other furniture-making techniques
Table of Contents

PART ONE: Style & Design
Table and Chairs with a Split Personality by E. E. "Skip" Benson
A Stylish Credenza by Patrick Warner
Extraordinary Built-ins by Ross Day

PART TWO: Projects & Techniques
Component-Built Sideboard by Seth Janofsky
Build a Harvest Table by Gary Rogowski
Knockdown Computer Desk by David Tuttle
Building an Open-Pedestal Table by John Burchett
Frame-and-Panel Bed by David Fay
Mahogany Bedside Table by Charles Grivas
Curved Panels from a Vacuum Veneer Press by Mason Rapaport
A Hall Table That's Both Traditional and Contemporary by Peter Korn
Entertainment Center in Quartersawn Maple by Peter Turner
Joinery for Light, Sturdy Coffee Table by Lindsay Suter
Shelving, Plain and Simple by M. Felix Marti
Gate-Leg Table Is Light but Sturdy by Gary Rogowski
Using Shop-Sawn Veneer by Paul Harrell
Strategies for Curved Work by Darryl Keil

PART THREE: Inspiration
Dining Set in Cherry and Imbuya by Gene Martin
Audio Cabinet in Cherry and Wenge by Darrell Peart
Lacewood Writing Desk by Charles E. Johnson
Cloud Rise Bed by Gary Rogowski
Fresh Curves for a Kitchen Table by Michael Hurwitz
A Bent-Plywood Chair Built for Good Posture by Gary Nakamoto
Circles, Inlays, and Curves Unite a Bedroom Suite by Philip Ponvert
A Simple Table in Elm by Curt Wessel
Lacewood Stereo Cabinet by Peter Barrett
Contemporary Cherry Credenza by James Probst
Pearwood Cabinet on Stand by John Cameron




Some cabinetmakers work in well-established, historically defined furniture styles. Others can't help themselves when it comes to forging their own way, making furniture in their own style.

The good designers among these mavericks pay some attention to history and to the great proportion found in nature, of course, but many can't resist the urge to go off in their own direction. These woodworker/furniture designers are aided in their efforts to bend convention by using the latest materials and technology. Where historical woodworkers were limited by the tools available, today's artisans working in a contemporary motif are using lightweight manufactured woods, vacuum presses, steam boxes, and specially engineered glues to achieve their nontraditional ends.

As one of the woodworkers in this book says, "Furniture design is always a tussle over the fact that wood comes in straight, flat planks and yet is an organic and sensuous material."

Furniture makers working in the contemporary vein come down on the side of making the most of wood's sensuous and organic possibilities. As you look through the sections of this book you'll see that the safety net under these high-wire designers is their unstinting reliance on traditional proportion and a good eye to save them from failing.

The Taunton Press editors of this book assembled information from the pages of Fine Woodworking and Home Furniture magazines to help you explore this furniture frontier. Part One looks at the personality and artistic vision behind this approach. Part Two contains some projects and lots of training in the techniques that aid in their construction. Part Three includes inspirational examples made by some of the best artisans now practicing the woodworking craft. I hope that the ideas and information in this book help lift you on your own flight of furniture fancy.

-- Tim Schreiner, publisher of Fine Woodworking and former editor of Home Furniture

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