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Bob Lang Online SketchUp Class

In the almost 10 years that I’ve been teaching people how to 3D model with SketchUp, I’ve learned a lot about the many ways different people learn. Each of us is a little different in the way our brains absorb … Continue reading

Secrets to Long Miter Joints

The average woodworker doesn’t always use the best looking method to join two pieces of wood – he or she is happy just to get the face frame stuck to the cabinet side. That’s why these folks are “average”. The … Continue reading

Stickley Bridal Chest Class – Mixed Materials

I’m a stickler for getting the history of Craftsman furniture correct. Too much has been written about the people, dates, responsibilities and relationships of the original makers and designers that doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. And a lot of these … Continue reading

Stickley Bookcase Class Results

Last fall I spent a week at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking near Indianapolis, Indiana, leading a group of woodworkers in the construction of reproductions of the iconic Gustav Stickley/Harvey Ellis No. 700 Bookcase. Marc Adams’ classes are always … 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

2017 Classes At Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Marc Adams School of Woodworking is a special place and I’ve been invited to teach a few classes at MASW in 2017. It is the largest woodworking school in the country with an incredibly well-equipped shop and an experienced staff … 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

Byrdcliffe Sassafras Leaves Carving-Left

This piece is for sale, in stock for immediate delivery. Scroll down for purchasing information. This carving is based on the left hand door panel of the Byrdcliffe linen press. The original linen press is in the Metropolitan Museum in … Continue reading

Byrdcliffe Saffafras Leaves Carving-Right

This piece is for sale, in stock for immediate delivery. Scroll down for purchasing information. It doesn’t seem like ten years have passed since I built a reproduction of the Byrdcliffe Sassafras Linen Press, but time has marched on. Building … 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

Stickley No. 700 Bookcase Class at MASW Follow Up

I spent last week in the company of a dozen or so woodworkers at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Franklin, Indiana. We were working on reproductions of the iconic Gustav Stickley/Harvey Ellis No. 700 glass door bookcase. This … 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

Thoughts Occasioned By An Anniversary . . .

 . . . A Plea For a Democratic Art In the October 1904 issue of “The Craftsman” magazine, Gustav Stickley looked back on three years of publishing and many more years as a furniture maker. The article is worth reading … Continue reading

Boxes With Gwinnett Woodworkers Association

There are hundreds of woodworking clubs in the United States, and last week I spent three days + one morning in the company of members of one of the best, the Gwinnett Woodworkers Association. Many of the faces were familiar … Continue reading

Stickley Bookcase Class at Marc Adams Oct.3-7, 2016

There are still a few spots available in my upcoming class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in fabulous Franklin, Indiana October 3-7, 2016. CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE MASW WEBSITE AND ENROLL We will spend the week making … Continue reading

Joinery Class in Atlanta September 14-16, 2016

A local woodworking club is a great way to connect with friends you haven’t met yet. One of the best organizations I’ve visited is the Gwinnett Woodworkers Association located in the north east corner of Atlanta, Georgia. I was there … Continue reading

New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp Above the Arctic Circle

The good thing about running an online business is extended reach; folks from the other side of the world purchase and download my book the “New Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp” all the time, usually without a hitch. Once in a … Continue reading

PDF Download Plans Now Available

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. You can, but sometimes it takes a while. After my first book, “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” was published in 2001 I began selling large format printed plans of many … Continue reading

Alabama Woodworkers Guild Follow Up

Bob Lang at Alabama Woodworkers Guild

I had heard nice things about the Alabama Woodworkers Guild before I left last week to teach a two-day seminar in building a Stickley cabinet and an evening SketchUp workshop. When I arrived on Friday I found a shop that … Continue reading

SketchUp Workshop-Birmingham, AL-Friday April 8

Next weekend I will be in Birmingham, Alabama as a guest of the Alabama Woodworkers Guild. On Friday evening, April 8, 2016 from 6-9pm I will be conducting a Woodworking With SketchUp workshop. This special event is open to the … Continue reading

Craftsman Furniture: History vs. Marketing

Harvey Ellis Chair from the Craftsman Magazine

My cynical side believes that there isn’t much difference between history and marketing, and my rational side has to admit that a lot of recorded history exists to sell something. Maybe not a specific product but a set of ideas … Continue reading