Hardcover Edition – Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture

Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture by Robert W. Lang

One way to judge the merit of an idea is to see how long the results of that idea stay around. A long time ago I thought it would be a good idea if somebody published a book of measured … Continue reading

Stumpy Nubs Video Review — “SketchUp For Kitchen Design”

James Hamilton (aka Stumpy Nubs) has included a video review of my latest book “SketchUp For Kitchen Design”. Jim is the host/author/publisher of the online “Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal”  and you can read the latest issue (and start your free … Continue reading

Review of SketchUp For Kitchen Design

Bob Lang's "SketchUp For Kitchen Design"

Win a copy of SketchUp For Kitchen Design — Leave a comment on Jeff Branch’s blog Woodworking is an interesting blend of the practical and the romantic. Like most woodworkers I swing back and forth; I love the artistic side … Continue reading

Look Inside “SketchUp For Kitchen Design”

To give you a better idea of what my new book “SketchUp For Kitchen Design” is like, I recorded a short video. Kitchens aren’t the most glamorous woodworking projects, but a new kitchen has been, and will be among the … Continue reading

SketchUp For Kitchen Design Model Collection

As an independent author/publisher I enjoy being free of corporate policies and rigamarole, so I can give stuff away if I think it makes a product better. While I was working on my new book “SketchUp For Kitchen Design” I … Continue reading

New Book – SketchUp For Kitchen Design

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO PREVIEW OF “SKETCHUP FOR KITCHEN DESIGN” SketchUp is the ideal tool to plan a kitchen, whether you are a cabinetmaker, an interior designer, a contractor or a do-it-yourselfer. With a 3D model you can see … Continue reading

Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture-TOC

There was a discussion last week over at WoodTalk Online about Darrell Peart’s books on Greene & Greene Furniture and my book “Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture” was mentioned. The question was about what projects are in the … Continue reading

Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp Reviews

I think my books are pretty good; they mix text and video in a digital format (PDF). These different methods reinforce each other so no matter what your learning style is you “get it” faster than you would with just … Continue reading

2 Reviews-New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp

My SketchUp books are independently produced and published. That gives me an incredible amount of freedom as an author, but the flip side of that is there is no marketing department, broad-based distribution channel, or advertising budget. To succeed I … Continue reading

Look Inside the “New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp”

The “New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp” isn’t like most books. It’s a digital publication in enhanced, interactive PDF format. One of the big advantages to this is the addition of video content, embedded in the pages of the book. The … Continue reading

New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp Revised and Updated.

CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO PREVIEW OF THIS INNOVATIVE DIGITAL BOOK In 2010 I wrote and published “Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp” in enhanced PDF format. Staying digital let me put videos in along with the text and images. A lot … Continue reading

Teaching Integrity, a New Book by Bob Lang

Teaching Integrity: How Dean Mattson Sells Education to Unteachable Students About a year ago I experienced one of those moments where a seemingly meaningless action turns out to be a life-changing event. A woodworking industry newsletter arrived in my inbox, … Continue reading

European Hinges Explained to Americans, part 2

This post is adapted from my book “Bob Lang’s Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker”. The book details reasonable options to enable readers to make decisions that make sense for them. Good information about hanging cabinet doors is hard to find, and I … Continue reading

Revised Printing: Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture

Please Note: The paperback edition of this book has been replaced with a hardcover. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF THE NEW HARDCOVER EDITION OF THE “Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture”. Revised Edition of the “Great Book of … Continue reading

European Hinges Explained to Americans, part 1

European inset hinge

This post is adapted from my book “Bob Lang’s Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker”. The book details reasonable options to enable readers to make decisions that make sense for them. Good information about hanging cabinet doors is hard to find, and I … Continue reading

Shop Drawings for Craftsman Interiors

Cabinets, Moldings & Built-Ins For Every Room In The Home The first, and only book of it’s kind. Based on Gustav Stickley’s original architectural drawings and information from The Craftsman  magazine, this book contains detailed drawings for recreating or renovating … Continue reading

Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker Back in Print-Available Now

“Bob Lang’s Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker” has been one of my most successful books since it was published in 2006. It’s been reprinted several times (an unusual occurrence for a woodworking book in this day and age) and about a year … Continue reading

The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker

Shop Drawings and Professional Methods for Designing and Constructing Every Kind of Kitchen and Built-in Cabinet This new technical handbook shows woodworkers exactly how to approach the complex job of designing and making built-in cabinets for kitchens, family rooms, and … Continue reading

Shop Drawings for Greene and Greene Furniture

23 American Arts & Crafts Masterpieces This book is the first publication of detailed drawings for the construction of authentic reproductions of the furniture designed by Charles & Henry Greene, and constructed in the workshops of Peter & John Hall. … Continue reading

Building Blocks of SketchUp

New SketchUp Book, “Building Blocks of SketchUp”  Now Available for Download “Building Blocks of SketchUp” is the best way to learn the basics of 3D Modeling with SketchUp. With 260 pages of illustrated text, with 50 embedded video lessons this … Continue reading

What About the 3rd Book-Shop Drawings for Craftsman Interiors

Over on Matt Vanderlist’s Basement Workshop, someone posed the question, ” . . . what happened to book #3?” This was in reference to the “Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” being a compilation of my first, second … Continue reading

Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture: Best Seat in the House

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

(Not So Great) Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture — Issues Fixed

I haven’t said much about the “Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” since it was released late last summer. Frankly I was rather embarrassed. The book that came from the printer was a far cry from the PDF … Continue reading

“Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture: 14 Timeless Designs”

“Classic Arts & Crafts Furniture: 14 Timeless Designs” is a collection of project articles from Popular Woodworking Magazine, built by Robert W. Lang between 2004 and 2013. The entire book is a fresh design, and the many of the original … Continue reading

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

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

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

Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp Download

  PLEASE NOTE: A NEW, REVISED EDITION OF “WOODWORKER’S GUIDE TO SKETCHUP” IS NOW AVAILABLE. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE “NEW WOODWORKER’S GUIDE TO SKETCHUP” SketchUp Book Now Available As a Download Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp is a unique … Continue reading

Shop Drawings for Craftsman Inlays & Hardware

Original Designs by Gustav Stickley & Harvey Ellis This unique book presents full-size patterns for the inlay designs and hardware originally used in Craftsman Furniture. Text includes history of these designs and the designers, materials and techniques. My last copy … Continue reading

Review of Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp

Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp is approaching its third birthday. It’s a unique work; it really isn’t a book although there are almost 200 pages to it. It comes on a disc in PDF format and what makes it different is … Continue reading

Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture – Special Price + Free Shipping

PLEASE NOTE: THIS BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE IN HARDCOVER AT THE ORIGINAL PRICE! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS. A little while ago the folks at the WoodNet Hand Tools forum were discussing Stickley furniture and where to get plans and information … 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

Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture-Canadian Shipping

RECENT INCREASES IN INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING RATES HAVE FORCED US TO TEMPORARILY STOP SELLING TO ADDRESSES OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS Due to popular demand, I’m happy to announce that we are now accepting orders for the “Great Book … Continue reading

Last Copy of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture

End of An Era and Thank You About this time of year eleven years ago, I was waiting to see what would happen when my first book “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” was published. It had taken awhile to move … Continue reading

New Shop Drawings Book Table of Contents

By request, here is the Table of Contents for the compilation book “Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture.” Most of the larger pieces are available as large format plans, and you can see images of those pieces at … Continue reading

Legacy of Craftsman Furniture

Quartersawn white oak isn’t the easiest wood to work, but with experience and an understanding of its character, it is steady and predictable. In gaining that experience, you’ll better understand your own character. The work becomes a partnership between man … Continue reading

Who Designed Stickley Furniture?

Gustav Stickley, while an innovator in design, did not work single-handedly, and his work does show influences from designs that were seen in England prior to the introduction of his Craftsman furniture. Although Stickley’s daughter Barbara, maintained that Harvey Ellis … Continue reading

New Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture Preview

Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture

  “Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture Now in Stock” The new, corrected printing of  “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” is on its way from the publisher.  This is a combination of three of my earlier books, “Shop … Continue reading

Harvey Ellis on Design

Furniture from the American Arts & Crafts period is extremely popular, but it is also misunderstood. We’re not even sure what to call it. Is the correct name Mission or Craftsman or something else? Much of the confusion comes from … Continue reading