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 of the pieces of furniture from the book.
These are still available, and I think they are still a good value. But between then and now, new tools have become available that allow me to do a better job of presenting the details of these wonderful pieces of truly American furniture and I have just released several new sets of plans in PDF format that you can download and print yourself.
This morning I added 7 sets of plans to the store, and I have several more in the works. Some of these are old favorites from the “Shop Drawings” book, but most are new. These plans are the only ones available to build authentic reproductions (and a few adaptations) of furniture from the American Arts & Crafts period of the early 20th century.
Unlike the drawings in my books, or the large format plans I sell, each of these pieces has been created as a 3D model. The drawing views are then extracted from the model and polished for page presentation. Because I’m publishing these myself I wasn’t limited to any specific number of pages. My goal was to tell the entire story, showing the details needed so that you get a clear idea of what goes where and how this fits into that.
Each set of plans contains a cutlist and a rough estimate of how much wood you need, standard views like elevations, plans and sections, 3D detail views and construction tips. If you’re a fan of this style of furniture you need to check these out and let your friends know about them.
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