Design Elements of Arts & Crafts Furniture: Offset Surfaces

Furniture from the American Arts & Crafts period is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. Many woodworkers assume that the deliberate lack of ornament means it is easy to build. One often overlooked feature is the visual effect of parallel surfaces that … 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

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

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

Harvey Ellis/Gus Stickley No. 700 Bookcase PDF Download Plans

Harvey Ellis/Gustav Stickley No. 700 Bookcase Plans Available for instant download in PDF format Complete detailed plans to build a reproduction of the Gustav Stickley No. 700 Bookcase 18 letter size pages of detailed drawings Standard views, Details and Exploded … 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

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

Stickley 700 Bookcase-Alabama Woodworker’s Guild Version-PDF Download Plans

Stickley No. 700 Bookcase Adapted for the Alabama Woodworker’s Guild Available for instant download in PDF format Complete detailed plans to build an adaptation of this Gustav Stickley Glass Door Bookcase 15 letter size pages of detailed drawings Standard views, … Continue reading

Harvey Ellis/Gus Stickley Bookcase Desk PDF Download Plans

Harvey Ellis/Gustav Stickley Bookcase Desk Plans Available for instant download in PDF format Complete detailed plans to build a reproduction of this Gustav Stickley Billiard Chair 17 letter size pages of detailed drawings Standard views, Details and Exploded Views Complete … Continue reading

Gustav Stickley No. 388 Highchair PDF Download Plans

Gustav Stickley No. 388 Highchair Plans Available for instant download in PDF format Complete detailed plans to build a reproduction of this Gustav Stickley Highchair 11 letter size pages of detailed drawings Standard Views, Details and Exploded Views Complete Cutlist … Continue reading

Gustav Stickley No. 312-1/2 Billiard Chair PDF Download Plans

Gustav Stickley No. 312-1/2 Billiard Chair Plans Available for instant download in PDF format Complete detailed plans to build a reproduction of this Gustav Stickley Billiard Chair 15 letter size pages of detailed drawings Standard views, Details and Exploded Views … Continue reading

How I Fit a Through Mortise

One of the curious things about woodworking is that you don’t really know how thorough to be in one step until you are knee-deep in the next. With experience you develop a routine and can move along efficiently. Without experience … Continue reading

2016 Classes: SketchUp and Stickley Bookcase

I only have a few classes scheduled (at the moment) for the coming year. Space is limited and my classes often fill early. Here are dates, places and information about signing up: SketchUp Weekend at Rockler Denver, January 30-31, 2016 … Continue reading

Voysey Mantle Clock Reproduction

Voysey Mantle Clock Repro by Robt. W. Lang

This piece is available to purchase – scroll down for buying information. Good design is timeless, and one of my pastimes is taking an old design and reproducing it with a contemporary selection of materials.  If you weren’t aware of … Continue reading

Stickley No. 70 Music Cabinet Reproduction

This piece is available to purchase – scroll down for buying information. This is a reproduction of a Gustav Stickley No. 70 Music Cabinet in solid quartersawn white oak. The cabinet stands 47″ high, is 20″ wide and 16″ deep. … Continue reading

Byrdcliffe Carving Class Follow Up

A few weeks ago I spent the weekend teaching a class on carving reproductions of the panels from the Byrdcliffe Iris Desk at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking deep in the corn maze of central Indiana. Carving is the … Continue reading

Large Format Plans Price Increase Coming

I began selling large format plans for reproductions of the furniture of Gustav Stickley, L & J.G. Stickley and other makers shortly after the publication of my first book “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture“  in 2001. Plans for reproductions of … Continue reading

Woodworking Articles From Stickley’s “The Craftsman” Magazine

I’ve never been to Madison, Wisconsin but it is one of my favorite places because it is the home of the University of Wisconsin Decorative Arts Collection. This is an online image resource that I highly recommend, but with the … Continue reading

Byrdcliffe Panel Carving Class

Byrdcliffe Iris panel in progress

Space is still available for this class August 1 & 2, 2015-Click Here to sign up at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking website. On the weekend of August 1 & 2 I’ll be teaching a weekend workshop at the … Continue reading

Stickley No. 369 Slant-arm Morris Chair Plans

This chair is not included in my book “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” and now I am pleased to make large format plans of my favorite chair available. This is the chair I built for the cover of the April … Continue reading

Stickley Music Cabinet: A Different Approach

A completed piece of furniture provides a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment that people who don’t make furniture miss out on. I suppose it’s like most things in life that take dedicated effort and practice; those who have been there … 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

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

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: 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

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 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

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