Woodworking is the process of building, making or carving something using wood. It is a craft that is likely as old as man himself, evolving from basic essentials made from local trees to heirlooms built from exotic imported wood. Both hand tools and power tools are used in most home woodworking shops. There are many facets of woodworking, carpentry, carving, turning and furniture making are a few, even these divisions can be broken down into categories. It can be either a career or a rewarding hobby, sometimes both.


- Getting Started - Techniques & How To's - Buying Power Tools - Build Your Own - Free eBooks - Free Plans - Pay Plans - Tool Use and Safety

Carpentry For Boys by J.S. Zerme, M.E. - online reprint

A book which treats, in a most practical and fascinating manner all subjects pertaining to the "King of Trades"; showing the care and use of tools; drawing; designing, and the laying out of work; the principles involved in the building of various kinds of structures, and the rudiments of architecture. It contains over two hundred and fifty illustrations made especially for this work, and includes also a complete glossary of the technical terms used in the art. The most comprehensive volume on this subject ever published for boys.

Getting Started

Getting Started in Woodworking

"I am interested in getting into woodworking, what tools should I buy first?"

This question is frequently asked in forums and discussion groups related to woodworking, it might be an easy question to answer if woodworking did not cover such a vast territory. What kind of woodworking are you interested in, furniture making, scrolling, turning, lawn ornaments, or general repairs and fix-up projects around the home?

Getting Started in Woodworking

Kids Woodworking

Kids are never too young to get involved with woodworking, Timeless Treasure Trunk has some great ideas to keep them occupied in the shop:

Kids Woodworking

SawdusMaking 101

Welcome to Sawdust Making 101, first of all let me assure you that woodworking is not nearly as daunting as it may seem. It is not necessary to spend a fortune on tools many projects can be done with a minimum investment.

Sawdust Making 101

Techniques and How To's

French Polishing

The following pages commence with a description of the art of French Polishing in its earliest infancy, care having been taken by the Author, to the best of his ability, to note all the new processes and manipulations, as well as to concisely and perspicuously arrange and describe the various materials employed, not only for French polishing but for the improving and preparation of furniture woods, a matter of great importance to the polisher.

French Polishing & Enamelling

Hinges 101

A hinge is a mechanical device that connects two solid objects, allowing rotation between them. Hinges may be made of flexible material or of moving components. The Old Testament mentions hinges on King Solomon's elaborate temple (likely gold-plated sockets for solid gold doors).

Hinges 101

How to Grind and Sharpen Tools

Dull tools indicate the character of the workman. In an experience of over forty years, I have never known a good workman to keep poorly sharpened tools. While it is true that the capacity to sharpen tools can be acquired only by practice, correct habits at the start will materially assist. In doing this part of the artisan's work, it should be understood that there is a right as well as a wrong way.

How To Grind and Sharpen Tools

Laying out Work

A concrete example of doing any work is more valuable than an abstract statement. For this purpose I shall direct the building of a common table with a drawer in it and show how the work is done in detail.

For convenience let us adopt the Mission style, with a top 36" × 42" and the height 30". The legs should be 2" × 2" and the top 1", dressed. The material should be of hard wood with natural finish, or, what is better still, a soft wood, like birch, which may be stained a dark brown, as the Mission style is more effective in dark than in light woods.

How Work Is Laid Out

Wood Turning

Wood turning has had a definite place in the commercial world for a great many years. It is used in various forms in making furniture and furniture parts, building trim, tool parts, toys, athletic paraphernalia and many other useful and beautiful articles in common use.

Wood Turning

Buying Power Tools

Buying a Router 101

Often described as the most versatile tool in the shop, a router consists of a circular base housing holding a vertically mounted universal electric motor with a collet on the end of its shaft.

Buying a Router 101

Buying a Table Saw 101

Considered by many the heart a workshop, there is always much debate on which saw to buy. My take on this is, like buying any other tool, get the best you can afford.

Buying a Table Saw 101

Build Your Own Tools

Building a Router Table 101

The true joy of having a router is only experienced when it is used in a table, a whole new world of possibilities is opened up. Building a router table is a great first project, a little bit of everything is involved and it will stay in the shop so it doesn't have to perfect.

Building a Router Table 101

Building a Table Saw Sled 101

Making cross-cuts or trimming panels is much easier to do with a sled, it does not have to be fancy, just accurate. There are two basic designs, one runs beside the blade, like this one, the other runs on both sides of the blade. I like this one because it is simple to build and I think safer than the other style, the blade guard can still be used.

Building a Table Saw Sled 101

Build a Disk Sander

Build this disk sander with parts that are probably sitting around your shop gathering dust. All you need is a 1/4 hp or larger 1750 RPM electric motor, a v-pulley, switch, electrical cord and scraps of wood.

Disk Sander

Electric Motor Basics

There are many types of electric motors, some smaller than a human hair others large enough to power a locomotive. For the purpose of this page we will be discussing induction motors which are typically found on most workshop machinery such as air compressors, drill presses, table saws, band saws, jointers, shapers and lathes.

Electric Motor Basics

Wooden Hand Plane

Make your own wooden hand plane step-by-step instructions

Wooden Hand Plane

Scrap Pile Tools 101

With the amount of tools produced both domestically and from off shore today it is generally not worth either the time nor money to build your own if one looks at it with a practical view. Not everybody takes this view, some of us still walk through life with our eyes open looking to find just the right part to build a new machine around.

Scrap Pile Tools 101

Free eBooks
Free eBook

Talks about how to become a woodworker, the tools required and what they do. Will you become a woodworker after reading this book, not likely but it will get you started on the way.

Free eBooks from Project Gutenberg

Handbook on Japanning: 2nd Edition by William N. Brown (1913)

Handwork in Wood by William Noyes (1910)

Illustrated History of Furniture by Frederick Litchfield (1893)

Rural Architecture by Lewis Falley Allen (1852)

The Mechanical Properties of Wood by Samuel J. Record (1914)

The Recent Revolution in Organ Building by George Laing Miller (1913)

The Ten Books on Architecture by Vitruvius Pollio (Translated 1914)

Wood Carving by George Jack (1903)

Woodward's Country Homes by F.W. & George E. Woodward (1866)

Woodworking Tools 1600 - 1900 by Peter C. Welsh

Free Plans

Absolutely Free Plans.com

An index of free plans, and how to information.

A Woodworker's Bench Notes

Plans and workshop projects for the average skilled woodworker.

Sawdust Making 101

Project plans for the begining woodworker.

Timeless Treasure Trunk, Projects

Selection of interesting woodworking projects and information.

Vintage Internet Plans

Free Mission style furniture Plans.

Pay Plans
Cedar Wishing Well

- Wishing well stands just over four feet tall, hexagon base is aprox. 22" across.

- Constructed with standard dimension material.

- Includes plans for cedar bucket and optional roof planter.

- .pdf file, once your purchase is made you will receive an email to immediately download it.

Plan # FC102


Tool Use and Safety

Always read the manual before operating any new tool, if you are not confident, practice doing dry runs with the tool off and unplugged.

Sawdust Making 101

Use and safety information for common workshop tools.



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