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Free Plan: Tilt-top Table

Hone your hand tool and your machine skills with one elegant, classic project.

Free Plan: Arts and Crafts Library Table

A nontraditional approach to a traditional Arts and Crafts piece.

Free Plan: Overhead Lumber Rack

Learn how to build a simple overhead lumber storage rack with this free PDF plan download.


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Free Plan: Cherry Chest of Drawers

A handsome, heirloom piece of furniture, this cherry chest of drawers draws heavily on Shaker design. And Christian Becksvoort takes all the mystery out of the construction with tips for accuracy, speed, and efficiency.

Free Plan: 3-in-1 Joinery Jig for the Tablesaw

Do it all on your tablesaw with this one jig- cut tenons, produce keyed miter joints, and cut spline slots

Free Plan: Shaker Blanket Chest

This dovetailed blanket chest with a drawer is a handsome, highly-functional piece of furniture you can pass down for generations.

Free Plan: Small Curved Stand

Learn two techniques for curving wood that don't involve steam-bending with our latest free plan.

Free Plan: Tablesaw/Router Combo

Make an auxiliary fence to transform your tablesaw into a dual-purpose machine, a tablesaw and router table combination.

Free Plan: Arts & Crafts Coffee Table

In this article, furniture maker Kevin Rodel shares design elements and technique for building an Arts & Crafts coffee table. He also will show how the harmonious details he creates can work in tables of many sizes.

Free Plan: Shaker Wall Clock

This adaptation of an 1840 Shaker clock features simple case construction and straightforward door joinery. A hand-painted face is a handsome touch, and a quality movement will keep the clock running smoothly for years to come.

Free Plan: Drill press shelf

Keep your bits, chuck, pencil, clamps, and anything else you may need handy with this easy-to-make accessory shelf for the drill press.

Free Plan: Arts & Crafts Mantel

This straightforward mantel project gracefully spans the divide between woodworking and homebuilding.

Free Plan: Sandpaper Ripping Jig

This basic jig will help you rip sandpaper to size with speed and accuracy. And it will last for the duration of your woodworking career.

Free Plan: Arts-and-Crafts Inspired Chair

With Rex Alexander's free plan for this sturdy chair with a classic design, you can take advantage of the time he spent refining the design and building a prototype to fine-tune construction.

Free Plan: Frame-and-Panel Bed

A lot of time is spent refining what may seem like the small details of this frame-and-panel bed, but the effort pays off in the handsome inlaid piece with six-sided posts, headboard, and footboard.

Free Plan: Light, Strong Sawhorses

These easy to make sawhorses are light, sturdy, and stack neatly when not in use. A simple scarf joint with a spline is glued and screwed to the legs, and that's all there is to the joinery.

Free Plan: Six-Board Chest

Mike Dunbar will show you how to reproduce an 18th-century original and fine-tune your hand-tool skills at the same time.

Free Plan: Humidor

Building a humidor the right way requires careful consideration of the wood choice and joinery to ensure the proper humidity for cigars. This plan gives the basics you'll need to successfully build a humidor, and from there you can let your design sense run wild.

Nice legs: Mitered, shaped, and a bridle joint too

Peter Schlebecker’s chest of drawers sits on a delicate base with unusual legs. See the step-by-step process for making the legs.

Plan Spotting: Platform Bed and Murphy Bed Ideas

Here are two plans for contemporary beds we spotted out on the Web, a Murphy bed and a platform bed. The designs are very different, but both beds are at home in contemporary settings.

Looking ahead: Furniture Society Conference 2009

A look back at the 2008 conference and a sneak peak at the 2009 conference in Boone, North Carolina

Recent comments

Re: Becksvoort honored

Congratulations! Having worked with Becksvoort on a number of occasions I can definitely say he truly is a master craftsman, and the honor is well-deserved. And the state of Maine is one of the most progressive in terms of honoring, promoting, and keeping its craftspeople. Kudos to them as well.

Two facts you might now know about Christian Becksvoort:

1. He has a great design eye, and his portfolio extends well beyond just Shaker reproductions.

2. He is also the author of In Harmony with Wood, an out of print (so get it wherever you can) book that gives a comprehensive look at wood from tree to plank and beyond.

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