Information and Answers for Woodworkers
This page is where I will be posting what I think is useful information, plans and links. They are free to download and use, I simply ask that you maintain my credit for them.
Come back often, I'll be adding stuff pretty routinely.
Home Furniture Making
By G. A. Raeth. A small book of Mission Style plans from 1910. I'll be taking some plans from this nice little tome to share with you.
Hand Work in Wood
William Noyes' 1910 book "Hand Work in Wood" is another resaource that I have to share with you.
Practical Cabinet Maker
Another of my collection of antique woodworking books, Fred Hodgson's "The Practical cabinet Maker" does not have as many actual plans as others, but there are a number of items of interest which I will share with you.
Furniture for the Craftsman
I have used parts of Paul Otter's 1914 "Furniture for the Craftsman" before (see "Learn to Make YYour Own Plans" below) and now I return to it to show off some of the unique and useful projects contained in this great book.
Shop Made Measures
I like having measuring tapes on my jigs and fixtures, but hate paying for a 3 or 4 foot measure and only using 6-12 inches. So I made my own using my CAD program and printer. Here is a PDF file with instructions, and even a .dxf of my layout for your CAD program.
Miter Gauge Extension Fence
You invested in a good saw, but if it will be a while until you can save enough for an aftermarket Miter Gauge, this plan is for you. I'll show you how to make a sliding extension for your gauge, and how to set the stops. As a bonus, I also show you how to add Rockler's new Flip Stop. PDF
Curved Molding Jig for the Woodmaster
Plans for building a new adjustable bedboard for your Woodmaster Planer/Molder to guide curved moldings of varying radii.
Improved Guide Rails for the Woodmaster
Improved guide rail plans for your Woodmaster Planer/Molder. The outfeed ends are narrower to support molding that are cut on the sides, providing reduced chatter and tear out.
Shop Built Blocks to match your existing K-Body clamps with your new Revo clamps
Bessey's new Revo clamps are great, but they are not the same dimentions as your older K-Body clamps. These blocks allow you to clamp panels mixing the two types. PDF
Shop Built Center Blocks.
These handy center blocks add a solid support in the center for clamping two or more smaller parts in one clamp setup. They help resist the crowning as you apply clamp pressure. PDF
All of the things I'm posting here are free for the taking and distribution for non-commercial use.
Feel free to download these items, send them along to friends or co-workers, whomever.
If you wish to carry any of this stuff on your site, please copy the links here.
I only ask that you be sure that any credit lines in the documents remain intact, that you give me credit as you pass them around, and don't use them for monetary gain.
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Working Drawings of Colonial Furniture
Frederick J. Bryant, published in 1922. This is a rare find as it contains no mission style furniture!
Empire Card Table NEW!
Building a Pergola
I recently built a pergola for my backyard patio area. No big deal, there are pergola plans a-plenty, but several folks have asked to see mine, so here is a PDF write up of the process with photos and very basic parts drawings.
Learn to Make Your Own Plans!
Working with isometric drawings from Paul D. Otter's 1914 book, "Furniture for the Craftsman", we will be discussing how to take this information and develop a set of shop drawings that can be used to make the serving tray and stand from the book.
Free Mission Plans
For several months, I have scanned the plans from Fred D. Crawshaw's 1912 "Problems in Furniture Making" and presented them for you in PDF format.
Haunched Beaded Face Frames
A little sheet I made up on how to successfully make haunched beaded frames on your router table. Free
Here are some links to sites I think are worth passing along:
A really wide selection of woodworking tools, supplies and hardware.
Woodworking tools and blog!
Woodshop Machines is a New England equipment dealer. Bob Rougvie is my go to guy for equipment solutions and tooling questions. I've worked with him for more than 10 years and he's always been honest and reliable.
I've been writing articles for Woodworker's Journal for about 6 years. They have useful information in their Woodworker's Resource pages. Search an extensive archive of woodworking articles and tool reviews, as well as view special offers from some of your favorite woodworking companies.
A great source for hard to find woodworking titles from Linden Publishing and other sources.