Thorsen House Plant Stand SketchUp Model

Here is a more accurate SketchUp model of the Thorsen House plant stand, one of the projects that students can build in my “Real Details of Arts & Crafts Furniture” class. The model in the Popular Woodworking 3D Warehouse collection … Continue reading

Jim’s Blacker House Entry Bench

Sometimes our brains get wrapped around a problem, and we think we know what we need to solve it. A typical situation is a subtle angle, and a typical response is a desire to define it numerically: Purchased the two … Continue reading

Value of Craftsman Furniture

In January 1902, Gustav Stickley suggested to readers of The Craftsman that they should examine furniture in the same way they would examine prospective friends, to look for moral and agreeable qualities in both. That may seem like an odd … Continue reading

Prairie Settle-FAQ and FQA

Prairie Settle

The L. & J.G. Stickley No. 220 Prairie Settle is one of the bestselling plans in our store. The most frequently asked question I get is about building it is “how do I attach the arms”, and my answer, “glue … Continue reading

Free Stickley Book Rack Plan-Format Experiment

I’ve been selling plans online for 10 years through craftsmanplans.com, large format printed plans. They’re nicely done, but if you’ve never made any furniture or worked with measured drawings, they can be intimidating. Over the years, there have been requests … Continue reading

Why I Wrote Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture

I never set out to be a writer. I’m a cabinetmaker first and foremost and have been since the early 1970s. In those days resources were few and I was continually on the prowl for new information about woodworking and … Continue reading

Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture

27 Stickley Designs for Every Room in the Home This is the first book to present accurate, detailed drawings for reproductions of Arts & Crafts period furniture. Drawings for 27 pieces of furniture, text chapters on the history of the … Continue reading