"Elementary" Clues to
Solving the Mysteries of Furniture


Fred Taylor, columnist of the Nationally Syndicated "Common Sense Antiques"

Volume I

“Common Sense Antiques Volumes I and II”, 60 columns each, have been compiled, edited and updated in two downloadable .pdf files with numerous color photos.  Each column is 800-1200 words and includes I.D. methods, repair techniques, antique furniture history, suggested research materials, important cabinet makers and general insights into  antique furniture. Each column is written in an easy to read and understand conversational manner but is loaded with important information, both technical and historical.

Common Sense Antiques by Fred Taylor

Volume I "COMMON SENSE ANTIQUES" Table of Contents


# 1 - AMERICAN DEPRESSION FURNITURE - OUTSTANDING VALUE
# 2 - STICKY SUBJECT #1 - DRAWERS THAT DON'T WORK
# 3 - STICKY SUBJECT #2 - DOORS THAT DON'T WORK
# 4 - CLEANING UP YOUR ACT #1 - CLEANING WOOD FURNITURE
# 5 - CLEANING UP YOUR ACT #2 - CLEANING BRASS HARDWARE
# 6 - MID-19TH CENTURY CASE GOODS #1 - REBUILDING DRAWERS
# 7 - MID-19TH CENTURY CASE GOODS #2 - REBUILDING RUNNERS
# 8 - "WHAT DID HE SAY?" #1 - BASIC ANTIQUES VOCABULARY
# 9 - "WHAT DID HE SAY?" #2 - MORE ANTIQUES VOCABULARY
#10 - LOCK IT AND POCKET THE KEY - LOCKS MADE EASY
#11 - TOTE THAT BARGE.. - A MOVING GUIDE
#12 - LIGHTEN UP - A GUIDE TO SAFE WOOD BLEACHING
#13 - FILL'ER UP - PART 1 - A GUIDE TO PASTE WOOD FILLER
#14 - FILL'ER UP - PART 2 - A GUIDE TO PASTE WOOD FILLER
#15 - MATCH THIS! - LIGHTING AND COLOR
#16 - BLOCKIN' IT - ANTIQUE REPAIR TIPS
#17 - PHYFE PHYXES - TABLE BASE REPAIR
#18 - DOWEL DETAILS - JOINT REPAIR TIPS
#19 - SNAP, CRACKLE & POP - HANDLING OLD GLASS
#20 - FIT, FEEL AND FINISH -PART 1, FIT
#21 - FIT, FEEL AND FINISH - PART II, FEEL
#21a - FIT, FEEL AND FINISH - PART III, FINISH
#22 - VALUE? WHAT VALUE? - WHAT IS IT WORTH?
#23 - CAST YOUR FATE.. - MAKING PLASTER APPLIQUES
#24 - JUNK DRAWER - THE SMALL STUFF
#25 - RUST AND ROLL - 20TH CENTURY CASTERS
#26 - TAKE DOWN - SOME DISASSEMBLY REQUIRED
#27 - THE STRESS TEST - REASSEMBLY
#28 - THE RED KING - MAHOGANY
#29 - THE RED FAKES - NOT MAHOGANY
#30 - THINLY SLICED - VENEER OVERVIEW
#31 - PATENTLY HELPFUL - GOVERNMENT AID
#32 - JUST SAY NO - KNOWING WHEN TO QUIT
#33 - WALK AWAY - WHEN NOT TO BUY
#34 - BONDO - PATCHING UP
#35 - PATCH COLOR - FIXING YOUR FIX
#36 - TOUGH TURNS - REMOVING RELUCTANT SCREWS
#37 - KEYHOLE COMPANIONS - ESCUTCHEONS, ETC.
#38 - RECIPE FOR SUCCESS - PRODUCT, PATIENCE AND PRIDE
#39 - SQUARE WHEELS - OLD CLOCK FIX
#40 - LOW MAINTENANCE - PART 1 FURNITURE PRESERVATION TIPS - DO'S
#41 - LOW MAINTENANCE - PART 2 FURNITURE PRESERVATION TIPS - DONT'S
#42 - LATIN LESSON - BEFORE OR AFTER?
#43 - WORD GAMES - FAKE, REPRODUCTION OR REVIVAL
#44 - DRAWER CHECK - FIRST LOOK AT JOINERY
#45 - MR. LARKIN, I PRESUME - THE UBIQUITOUS DESK
#46 - HAVE A SEAT - WICKER, RATTAN, CANE OR RUSH
#47 - PAYING THEIR WAY - MAKING ANTIQUES WORK
#48 - BUYING ON FAITH - WHO DO YOU TRUST?
#49 - OUR "AMERICAN" HERITAGE - WHOSE STYLE IS IT ANYWAY?
#50 - BASIC VOCABULARY - PART III OBSCURE FURNITURE FORMS
#51 - PRIMARY OR SECONDARY - WHY DIFFERENT WOODS?
#52 - THE PERFECT UNION? - DETECTING MARRIED PIECES
#53 - THE N.K.O.B. - CYANOACRYLATE GLUE
#54 - PROVENANCE - TO WHOM DID IT REALLY BELONG?
#55 - FURNITURE GLASS - IS IT ORIGINAL?
#56 - MR. KNAPP'S ODDITY - A NEW JOINT
#57 - TRIMMING DOWN - WOOD SHRINKAGE
#58 - PANIC ATTACK - QUICK FIXES FOR YOUR FURNITURE
#59 - BEDSTEADS - WHAT KEEPS US UP
#60 - FAMILY PORTRAIT - PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR TREASURE