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A Woodworker's Bench Notes is a collection of plans, jigs and information that I have accumulated over the years. The information contained in this site is offered with the assumption that the reader has a basic knowledge of tool use and safety procedures, see disclaimer at bottom of page. I will be happy to respond by email to any further inquiries on the information given here. As a matter of policy I try to refrain from endorsing or condemning products, there are discussion groups listed on the Links Page where this is covered in much depth. This site is in a constant state of development so please bookmark it so that you can easily return to see the latest updates.

For anyone just starting out in woodworking as a hobby I have another site "Sawdust Making 101" which has information on getting started and plans for simple projects. For more project ideas visit Absolutely Free Plans a site that has an index to hundreds of free plans as well as woodworking clip art for making your own patterns. If you need information on home or auto repairs, want to try a new craft or hobby then try Do-It-101.com. I am also pleased to be involved with a family project that covers most home crafts and hobbies, Timeless Treasure Trunk, which includes sewing, knitting, crochet and scrapbooking, needless to say I am contributing mostly to the workshop related pages.

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Easy to make combination jig.
  • Vee_Block

    Useful for drilling and cutting dowels.

Dress up a gate.
Effective emergency clamps.
Put up a site to show your work!
Cut exact width dados with a router.

Woodcraft.com - Helping You Make Wood Work

Practical Mechanics For Boys

This book takes the beginner
through a comprehensive series of
practical shop work, in which the
uses of tools, and the structure and
handling of shop machinery are set
forth; how they are utilized to
perform the work, and the manner
in which all dimensional work is
carried out.

Online Reprint
from Do-It-101.com


Free Mission Style Furniture Plans from
Vintage Internet Plans

These are plans from a 1912 Popular Mechanics publication "Mission Furniture and How to Make It. Each plan has basic instructions and .pdf downloadable drawings.

 
Plans from

Furniture Plans.com

 

 

 

Replaced Table on Dewalt Radial Arm Saw

Made from salvaged speed reduction motor.

Craftsman Contractor saw repair.

T - Square style rip fence I built.

Trip down memory lane and the tools my father built.


Types of joints and tools used to make them

Proper method to file steel.

What and why is 2d and more.
How to draw stars, hexagons, octagons etc. with a compass.
The basics and kinds of nailers available.
Easy method for making pattern
How to make coped moulding joints.
S4S, Board Feet, 4/4 explained
Materials to use and how to clean and maintain them.
A few hints on making patterns.
Clips and dados allow top to float.
Basic use of taps and dies.
How to find center or mid point.
Tips, tricks and shortcuts
Help to calculate area, capacity, etc. of common objects.
Information and supplies from Rockler.
Finding pulley and gear sizes.

How they work and what to look for in a blade.

Tips and supplies to make your own.

Frequently asked questions.

Saw and dry your own lumber.

Get tight square joints.



Macintosh Software

Freeware and Shareware
  • Boardfoot Calculator
Calculate boardfeet for a project, download
  • CADintosh
2D-Cad program for techincal and architectual drawings. download

 
 

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PC Software

SketchList 3D Furniture Design Software
Design projects like the pros! Ideal for woodworkers who don't want to invest the time or money to learn complicated CAD programs, SketchList 3D makes it easy to create detailed visualizations and accurate designs, even for users without any previous computer design experience. It's simple, efficient and comprehensive  and right now you can try it for free! Click here for a FREE 14-day trial of SketchList 3D!

SketchList 3D Furniture Design Software

SketchList 3D Furniture Design Software

Connected Lines -- software for creative people.

  • MasterCarpenter (PC Version) Purchase here
A handy application, calculate boardfeet, spindle spacings, concrete volume, stair dimensions and more.
Superdoor Software


 

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