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Router Templates for Mortises Made Easy (& Accurately)

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  Jigs and templates are common in professional woodworking shops, as well as common topics in woodworking books, magazines and blogs. A good jig will do two things; make the work better and get the work done faster. If you … Continue reading

Router Jig for Through Tenons Video

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Through tenon joints are one of the hallmarks of Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman furniture. These joints are incredibly strong and they look impressive. This little table is a great project for practice, and it was one of the projects I taught … Continue reading

Building Blocks of SketchUp-New Book Preview

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Update, October 15, 2013: “Building Blocks of SketchUp” is now available as a digital download. CLICK HERE TO ORDER! SketchUp is a wonderful piece of software for designing, visualizing and planning just about anything. Some people catch on to SketchUp … Continue reading

Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture: Best Seat in the House

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This chair, the Gustav Stickley No. 369 Morris chair is one of the most iconic of his designs.  I like it when complex things can be simplified, but I seem to like it more when something that appears simple at … Continue reading

Byrdcliffe Linen Press–Another Favorite from Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture

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Picking a favorite project is like deciding which of your children you love the most. Picking my favorite kid would be easy, I only have the one. Among all the things I’ve made from wood, the Byrdcliffe Linen Press is … Continue reading

Stickley Poppy Table–A Favorite from Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture

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When I was a self employed furniture maker and cabinetmaker I didn’t have much choice about what I would build, it was mostly a matter of what a client wanted and was willing to pay for. For the last 9 … Continue reading

Make a Mortise from a Tenon with SketchUp

Here is one of my favorite moves in SketchUp, exploding and redefining components to move geometry from one component to another. If you don’t speak SketchUp fluently, that means I can take an existing tenon from a table apron and … Continue reading

WoodCentral Chat Transcript

A couple of weeks ago, I was the special guest in the WoodCentral chatroom, taking questions on Arts & Crafts furniture and trying to keep up. A transcript of the March 11, 2013 chat is now available online at WoodCentral. … Continue reading

Cabinet Doors and Drawers in SketchUp-What Size Should They Be?

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I recently received the following question from a reader, and as it is asked often it makes sense to post the answer here. At first glance it is a technical question, but my answer veers off into philosophy, and bounces … Continue reading

Nice Words About “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture”

I’ve written a lot about my new book the “Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture”, and I’m admittedly biased. I wrote the original book in this series because I thought that the furniture of the American Arts & … Continue reading

How to Interpret Shop Drawings for Craftsman (and other) Furniture

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A Free Excerpt from the “Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” Step One: Cut all the pieces to the sizes listed in the cut list. Please don’t do that. Not if you’re building from the large format plans … Continue reading