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Forum topic by Gary Roberts posted 03-10-2010 04:46 AM 1380 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gary Roberts

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03-10-2010 04:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: plans furniture books

Actually stepping out of lurk mode for a bit here. Admittedly I do more lurking than posting or answering. Once the new kitten in the house settles down, I’ll get some images of projects posted. Mostly antique restoration stuff along with the occasional tool restore. Or new/old tool buy.

But for now, I’m interested to know what style/year/period plans are people interested in? What I mean is, do you have a preference for:

Arts & Crafts/Mission
Art Deco
Arte Nouveau

Also, are you interested in:

garden stuff

I can’t think of other styles at the moment but there are tons. Why am I asking? Well, I have a leaning towards Arts & Crafts style and Shaker, so most of my books on plans are of this sort. But I realize that not everyone in the world shares my interests! I’m assembling a list of books of plans to reprint. As always, I try to poll people to see to where their interests point. Plus, this can give me a reason to buy more books…


-- Gary Roberts,

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 04:48 AM


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#2 posted 03-10-2010 04:53 AM

I like to create my own style . Not interested in anyone else,s :)
If i did have to pick a style it would be Victorian .

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 04:55 AM

Arts and Crafts/Craftsman

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 04:59 AM

John… true, in so many cases we create our own, either from our hearts or drawn from existing styles. Or just wing it and see what happens!


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#6 posted 03-10-2010 06:52 AM

Greetings Gary: I build a few different styles of furniture, but my favorite is Shaker style. I really build what the wood tells me, and just see how it turns out. My favorite though is still Shaker because it is simple in design and functional. The Shaker motto was.. form follows function, and that’s what it does. One you didn’t list that I enjoy more than building furniture is building “shop furniture”, i.e. cabinets, workbenches, work tables, oufeed tables… any shop stuff. I think shop furniture should not only be functional, but also look nice and when built right, will stand the test of time and last forever…....... take a look at my shop pixs, and you’ll see what I mean.

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#7 posted 03-10-2010 08:12 AM

I think shaker with southwest materials. Is rustic a style?

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#8 posted 03-10-2010 08:40 AM

Probably Arts & Crafts

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#9 posted 03-10-2010 09:36 AM

Rustic is a distinct style. In the latter part of the 19th C, Rustic furniture was popular, made of natural wood twigs and branches, boards with waney edges and all that great Adirondack stuff.

Shaker remains one of my favorites too. Periodic trips to Hancock Shaker Village feeds the need. The only downside is finding plans or pictures of the furniture or architecture that predates copyright. But I keep on looking.

Arts & Crafts – one of my all time favorite publishers was The Manual Arts Press. Right at the turn of the 19th-20th C, they published many wonderful books of measured drawings of Arts & Crafts and Art Nouveau furniture, all for the manual arts educational movement.

Southwest is something I have been looking for but is a tough one to find. I think it was not ‘high style’ enough for the book publishers. But, I’ll ask Stephen Shepherd if he knows of good titles. If anyone does, he would.

My thanks for the feedback. It provides a valuable focus on what people like or dislike (by process of elimination).

-- Gary Roberts,

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#10 posted 03-10-2010 11:55 AM

Japanese, Tokugawa and Meiji Periods

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#11 posted 03-10-2010 01:19 PM

I like Greene & Greene style arts & crafts, but I am mostly a deck builder/wood craft maker, so I don’t get to much of that.

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#12 posted 03-10-2010 01:32 PM

Gary, it sounds like you and I enjoy making similar styles of furniture/cabinetry: A&C and Shaker.

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