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

Stickley Morris Chair Class at Marc Adams

I don’t teach classes very often; a few times a year at most. While I really enjoy teaching, I’m not crazy about travel, hotels or unknown sources of food. I don’t actively solicit teaching jobs, but when somebody calls or … 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

  Special Price for Limited Time-Save 10% + Free Priority Mail Shipping Revised Edition of the “Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” now available The new compilation of my first, second and fourth books, “Shop Drawings for Craftsman … 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 The Craftsman  magazine, this book contains detailed drawings for recreating or renovating interiors in … 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

Router Templates for Mortises Made Easy (& Accurately)

  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

Harvey Ellis in “The Craftsman” Magazine

When the “Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” was published, I hoped to include all of the material from the three books that were originally published individually, “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture”, “More Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” … Continue reading

Router Jig for Through Tenons Video

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

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

Build an Arts & Crafts Mantel Clock DVD

This clock was originally designed in 1895 by British architect and designer C.F.A. Voysey. The best known version is painted, but there are also examples in ebony and oak with inlaid faces. The clock in the video is featured as … 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

Voysey Clock DVD Coming Soon–Close Look At Details

DVD — Build an Arts & Crafts Mantle Clock is now available. Click Here for More Information and to Order Click Here for Photos of the Finished Clock The project I recently completed, a reproduction of a C.F.A. Voysey mantel … 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

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

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

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

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

Large Format Reproduction Furniture Plans

Professionally drawn, custom printed, fully detailed plans for accurate reproductions of many of the pieces originally made by Gustav Stickley, L. & J.G. Stickley and Charles Limbert from “Shop Drawings For Craftsman Furniture” and “More Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture”, … 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

Upholstery for Craftsman Furniture

slip seat for a Stickley dining chair

One of the most common questions asked about building pieces from my Shop Drawings Books is “What do I do about the cushions? Your drawings don’t show any details.” There were several methods used in the original Stickley pieces, and … 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

Old Repair On Stickley Morris Chair

The Gustav Stickley No. 332 Morris chair is an iconic example of Arts & Crafts period furniture. It isn’t as flashy as the bow arm or bent arm chairs, but it’s a challenging project. In my never-ending hunt for details … Continue reading

Butt Hinges Without Fear Or Loathing

This post is adapted from my book “Bob Lang’s Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker”. You can buy a signed copy of the revised edition from our store. Few things are more terrifying to many woodworkers than hanging a door on butt hinges. … Continue reading

How I Cut a Through Tenon

Almost every task in woodworking comes down to cutting to a line. If you can cut to a line consistently and accurately, you can build anything. There are any number of ways to do it, and the more methods you … 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