The Great Book of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture is a an excellent book for intermediate or higher level woodworkers who want some detailed reference materials for classical style furniture. Let’s take a closer look.
Quantity & Quality of Plans
This book features 61 woodworking plans. Each included plan features full perspective views with measurements to help you visualize how each piece would be assembled.
What should be noted about this particular book is that its plans are not exactly start-to-finish woodworking plans. It is more an study and measurement of actual pieces of furniture for interpretive purposes. The author does a good job of providing all the details that a woodworker would need to develop an understanding of what size materials to use and how to assemble everything into a quality piece of furniture. Woodworkers can use these drawings and outlines to create their own detailed plans for actual production.
The types of woodworking plans that are included in this book are focused on classical furniture pieces. Here’s an idea of what you’ll find in this one:
- Wall Shelves
About the Author
From the author’s bio:
Bob Lang grew up in the college town of Kent, Ohio and began working with wood shortly after high school. His professional career began building speaker cabinets for professional sound systems, followed by a few years repairing wooden boats on Lake Erie. An apprenticeship in a commercial cabinet shop in Cleveland followed a stint as lead scenic artist at an aquatic theme park. In the 1980s, he designed and created furniture and accessories, and exhibited his work at art shows and galleries across the country. He returned to the world of professional cabinetmaking in the mid-1980s, until he joined the staff of Popular Woodworking in 2004. Along the way he owned his own shop, worked in a number of shops creating high end work for the residential and commercial markets. He rose through the ranks and at the end of that phase of his career, he was managing and engineering projects that ranged in scope from individual pieces of furniture to multi-million dollar interior projects. His first magazine articles appeared in WoodShop News and Fine Woodworking in 1999.
His interest in furniture of the American arts & crafts period of the early 20th century began early on, and in 2001 his first book “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” was published, followed shortly thereafter by “More Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture”, “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Interiors” and “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Inlays and Hardware”. After joining the magazine, he wrote “The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker” and “Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture”, published by Cambium Press (now Fox Chapel) and “Drafting & Design for Woodworker’s” and co-authored (with Glen Huey) “Furniture in the Southern Style”. Bob began doing illustrations for the magazine in 2008 and was promoted to executive editor in 2010. Bob’s first self-published book in interactive PDF format “Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp” appeared in 2010, and a second interactive PDF book “Building Blocks of SketchUp” was published in 2013. Bob’s printed books are among the few woodworking books published in the last 15 years to remain in print. His philosophy in publishing is the same as it is when building furniture, make something of the finest possible quality, and build it to last.
What type of woodworker will find this book useful? This book is probably best for people who are looking for some inspiration along with enough details to confidently craft their own fine-tuned woodworking plans. Woodworkers with more experience will be able to easily understand the drawings and terminology, but will need to fine-tune the ideas to their own specific plans before production. Beginner woodworkers who are looking for exact start-to-finish plans will find the outlines and ideas a little tougher to work with and too much open to interpretation.