I'm relatively new to woodworking (only a dozen or so projects under my belt), and one of the things I'd like to find out more about and try my hand at making is period furniture. To that end, I have two questions, which are hopefully similar enough to warrant only one post instead of two:
1) What are some good resources, either online or in print, for getting to know the various styles in the history of American and European furniture? I can find plenty of things on the individual styles themselves, but I'm looking for more of a survey that addresses the various periods and the hallmarks and characteristics of each one.
2) What are some good beginner's projects and/or exercises in period furniture? I know things like Shaker tables and other pieces with mainly straight lines are often suggested for beginners, but I'm not sure where to go from there to learn some of the more complex techniques.
Thanks for your help!