Guide Bushings can allow you to use plunge cutting router bits as if they had bearings. In this short PDF, I explain how to figure the "offset" and give some tips.
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Ralph Bagnall designed and built a shady pergola for his back yard a few years ago. When he built it, he took lots of photos so that he could share how he constructed it and how it all went together. Ralph built this great backyard feature in just a few days with common tools.Read More
Written as a school primer, Problems in Furniture Making by Fred D. Crawshaw poses a series of woodworking projects at levels from elementary to advanced /high school. This book contains an excellent array of useful furniture making projects that we are very pleased to be able to share with you!Read More
Frederick Bryant's Working Drawings of Colonial Furniture, published in 1922, is a wonderful tome chock-a-block full of drawings and instructions for reproducing colonial-style furniture. We have selected a variety of his table projects for your personal use.Read More
Have you ever wondered how to design custom plans based on an existing plan or drawing? Ralph Bagnall uses Paul Otter's drawings and descriptions of a serving tray and stand set from his 1914 book, Furniture for the Craftsman, to walk you through how to create your own plans for this useful serving set.Read More
Paul D. Otter's book, Furniture for the Craftsman contains a myriad of unique and useful projects. We have posted excerpts of the book covering projects such as settle tables, a writing table, a dressing table, a hanging plate rack, a sewing stand, and more.Read More
In this excerpt from Fred Hodgson's Practical Cabinet Maker and Furniture Designer, Mr. Hodgson outlines how to make a revolving bookcase, including materials and drawings relevant to the build.Read More
Craftsmen in the early 20th century relied almost exclusively on hand tools to complete their work. An important part of nearly any woodworking project was certainly the joinery. We share Noyes illustrations of 75 common joints in use in the early 1900s.Read More
We have selected three beautifully illustrated project plans with an eye toward practical use in the home from this little book by G.A. Raeth. Written in 1910, these plans are in interesting glimpse into household furniture needs at the turn of the 20th century.Read More