A sturdy bench was a commodity much valued in the American colonies. It provided a welcome place to rest weary legs after a long day of hard work. Most early homes enjoyed several benches.
Back then, country cabinetmakers found benches quick and easy to make. Today, a bench like this can still be made with a minimum of time and effort.
|Christmas Angel Folk Carving
The angel has been a favorite woodcarving subject for several hundred years. In early America, carved angels like this were often seen in the form of weather vanes.
This project is an example of shallow relief carving where a silhouette shape is rounded and then detailed.
Here's a simple table patterned after a piece commonly found in Early American taverns. Many a settler took stock of his fortunes and made plans for a new life seated at one of these small tables.
The construction is fairly simple, with trestle style legs that fit into chamfered feet. The joinery consists of double mortise-and-tenon joints that are pegged. The pegs add an interesting detail, and were commonly used instead of glue when these tables were originally made.
|Early American Style Curio Shelf
This traditional Early American design is as useful today as it was 200 years ago. It's perfect for displaying curios or any other small items.
Ours is made from bird's-eye maple, but walnut, cherry, and pine are other appropriate woods.
This cupboard captures the essence of a primitive slant-back cupboard without being pretentious.
Best of all, though, you don't need to have a supply of old wood or moldings on hand to make the piece. The cupboard can be constructed entirely of 3/4 inch pine boards and stock molding available at your local lumber-yard.