Found 154 articles matching Furniture category.
  • Feb 9 2016
  • 9 Feb 2016

Making a Federal Case: A Young America Tries to Find its Own Style

One of the most popular and most reproduced styles in America for the last 100 years has been the Federal style of the early 19th […]

  • Jan 25 2016
  • 25 Jan 2016

Bold as Brass: Cleaning Your Antique Brass Furniture Hardware

Most traditional furniture hardware is brass or brass looking, but that covers a multitude of sins. Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc and […]

  • Jan 12 2016
  • 12 Jan 2016

The Leaf Problem: Where to Put Table Extensions

Extension dining tables were a great invention. Going from slabs of boards laid across trestles to a fixed table that could be expanded at will […]

  • Jan 5 2016
  • 5 Jan 2016

Step into My Parlor … and Sit in the Correct Chair

One of the most frequently seen arrangements of seating furniture in an antique shop or at a show is the ubiquitous “parlor set.” It seems […]

  • Nov 11 2015
  • 11 Nov 2015

Multitasking Furniture: Doing Double Duty in the Colonial Home

Have you ever had one of those “multipurpose” tools or gadgets? You know, the kind that combines several useful ideas into one convenient package? If […]

  • Nov 3 2015
  • 3 Nov 2015

Hand-Carved American Furniture that Never Came Close to a Chisel

In furniture making and design, it always seems preferable that flat, plain panels of unadorned wood be largely avoided wherever possible. There’s a need to […]

  • Oct 15 2015
  • 15 Oct 2015

Furniture French: You May Already Speak It

If you like older and antique furniture, you may have already acquired another asset that you didn’t even know about in addition to the antiques. […]

  • Oct 8 2015
  • 8 Oct 2015

Detecting Furniture’s Cheap Tricks & Fake Finishes

Throughout most of the history of wooden furniture, there have been many attempts to disguise the true nature of the wood used. Most attempts are […]

  • Sep 29 2015
  • 29 Sep 2015

Fred’s Junk Drawer: Small Tips that don’t Fit Anywhere Else

This column is intended to be like the kitchen drawer everyone has that is packed with indispensable items (they must be indispensable, or you would […]

  • Sep 15 2015
  • 15 Sep 2015

Large Supply of Official ‘Commemorative’ JFK White House Rocking Chairs Keep Prices Low

It is as iconic a symbol as Lincoln’s stovepipe hat or FDR’s cigarette holder. The rocking chair of John F. Kennedy endures as a symbol […]