Follow Us: iconfinder 5365678 fb facebook facebook logo icon 64px   iconfinder 5296765 camera instagram instagram logo icon 64px   iconfinder 5296516 tweet twitter twitter logo icon 64px   youtube 64px


APF2020 1000pxOptAmerican Period Furniture is published annually by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and is one of the many benefits of SAPFM membership. This annual journal is written primarily by members of SAPFM, but membership is not required to write an article. American Period Furniture is the only trade publication devoted exclusively to the interests of period furniture makers. Just as SAPFM is a unique organization, our journal is a unique publication. Each annual volume contains how-to articles, biographies of important cabinetmakers, analyses of important pieces, and articles dealing with historical topics in period furniture making. It's the next best thing to spending time in the shop with experienced makers.

The image on the cover of the 2020 edition of American Period Furniture is the work of 2020 Cartouche recipient Tony Kubalak. Tony contributed an article on this project, and there is a profile of his career as a furniture maker. Three other Cartouche recipients also share their knowledge and experience. Jeff Justis shows us his recent project, an incredible Pie Crust table, Steve Lash details the construction of an elliptical cellarette and Ronnie Young builds an iconic piece of southern furniture, a Jackson Press. The life of another Cartouche recipient, the late Robert Whitley is profiled in an article by Steve Dietrich.

Other projects include a Pinwheel Cabinet from the collection of MESDA, by Jeff Thompson, a set of nesting tables by Tim Killen and Hearts and Crown Chairs by Larry Mauritz and a pair of chests by Tim DeMars. Mary May shares techniques for constructing and carving a shell niche and W. Francis Brown writes about veneered serpentine drawer fronts.


 MEMBERS: American Period Furniture is mailed to SAPFM members in early December. The journal is sent directly from the printer via bulk mail, so it can take a while to arrive. If you were a member in good standing as of October 31, and your address is up to date, your issue should arrive before the first of the year. If it doesn’t, drop a note to the editor for a replacement issue. If you joined on or after November 1, you will receive the next years edition at the end of the following year. You can purchase this issue (and view the table of contents) by clicking here. Previous years editions are also available. The table of contents for all available issues can be found at the link above.

Please Note: The 2020 edition was mailed as usual in early December. USPS has experienced unprecedented delays due to the volume of holiday mail and the Covid pandemic. Please be patient and give them time to catch up before requesting a replacement issue.

 The following video is referenced in the 2020 edition of the journal.    

Tim Killen

Nest of Tables Introduction

 The following videos are referenced in the 2019 edition of the journal.    

Steve Dietrich

The Seven Easy Pieces of Furniture

Episode 2: Blanket Chest


David Boeff

Curved Blockfront Dressing Table

Carving Baby Butt (Notched) Corner, Step 25


 Click Here to download Aspen Golann's Clock Drawing mentioned in her article in the 2019 edition of American Period Furniture

Article Suggestions

The production of American Period Furniture is an ongoing process and if you have an idea for an article you'd like to see in the journal, or if you want to write an article, we want to hear from you. We're always interested in stories about our craft as well as the story behind the story. Contact our editor Bob Lang to get started.

Submitting an article

Our editor's mission is to make producing an article as easy as possible for our contributors. You don't need to write a complete article before you submit your proposal and we prefer to publish the work of skilled furniture makers regardless of their experience in writing. If you are proud of your work can explain how you did something to another woodworker you are well on you way to an article in the journal. Click pdfhere to download instructions for submitting an article.


If your product or service is related to period furniture, the members of SAPFM are among the most accomplished and enthusiastic wood workers in the world. Your advertisement will reach the right audience and you will help to support the mission of SAPFM. Contact our editor Bob Lang <[email protected]> or our advertising manager Joyce Lang <[email protected]> for more information. If you would like to advertise in American Period Furniture camera ready, digitally formatted ad copy is desired. The editor can provide services to prepare ads at additional cost.

Click pdfhere to download information regarding current advertising rates, submission deadlines, and additional services.