• A brass padlock on a hasp on a wooden dovetail chest box

    Install a Locking Hasp on a Dovetail Chest using Hand Tools

    By Joshua Farnsworth In this video and article I’ll teach you how I install these vintage-style hasps, so I can put a padlock on a wooden chest or box. This is part 3/3 of a series on hardware for a chest or box. In the first video and article I showed how to use toilet bowl cleaner to turn inexpensive, zinc-coated hinges, hasps, and screws from a hardware store, into lovely historical hardware. You

  • Historical butt hinges and slotted screws from toilet bowl cleaner

    4 Steps to Add Hinges on a Dovetail Chest with Hand Tools

    By Joshua Farnsworth In this article, and the above video, I show my simple 4 step method for adding historical style hinges onto a dovetail chest. In my last video & article I showed how to use toilet bowl cleaner to turn these inexpensive, zinc-coated hinges and screws from a hardware store, into lovely historical hardware (see the video & article here). But you can use any hinges or screws for your project. I

  • Before and after new zinc hinges and screws next to antique style stipped

    Make Historical Hinges & Screws Using Toilet Bowl Cleaner

    By Joshua Farnsworth In this article, and the above video, I show my method for turning inexpensive, zinc-coated hinges and screws from your hardware store into beautiful, historical hardware for these wooden dovetail chests. And I use toilet bowl cleaner to do it! I recently made these 4 dovetail chests for some very important clients...my kids! And I wanted these chests to have a very traditional look, which includes antique-looking hardware. But antique hardware

  • Portable Moravian workbench holding a board with a holdfast on the flush legs

    All about Holdfasts for Workbenches

    By Joshua Farnsworth In this video I talk all about metal holdfasts for woodworking on your workbench. A holdfast is a historical metal workbench fixture that wedges into a workbench top, holding your workpiece down firmly as you cut joints. In my woodworking school, I own 10 workbenches, and about 30 holdfasts, so I've got a lot of experience with using and troubleshooting different holdfasts with different styles of workbenches. You can read about

  • Beautiful blond woman sitting on a Viking camp chair with a camp fire in the background

    Making a Collapsible Viking Camp Chair

    By Joshua Farnsworth This past fall I was camping with my friends, Ervin & Willie Ellis ("The Ellis Bros Builders"...see them here) at their new beautiful property in Southwest Virginia.  Ervin let me sit in a surprisingly comfortable wooden camp chair, and he told me that it is called a Viking Camp Chair (I'm almost certain it isn't of Viking origin). We immediately took measurements, because I wanted to make one too. The chair

  • Joshua Farnsworth woodworker using a block plane while building a shaker bench from woodworking plans

    Make a Shaker Bench from 3 Stair Treads!

    By Joshua Farnsworth In this video I give a detailed tutorial on how to build a Shaker bench. I chose this design because I absolutely love the look of the lapped dovetail braces, and I felt that the lap dovetail joints and the through-mortise & tenon joints would give beginner woodworkers a challenge without overwhelming them. And the project is really fun for experienced woodworkers as well. The most exciting thing about this bench

  • Wood carver William Brown carving a Bellamy Eagle

    Stunning Workshop of Wood Carver & 18th Century Furniture Maker William Brown

    By Joshua Farnsworth William Brown is a renowned high-end furniture maker and wood carver who builds 18th-Century style furniture in his basement workshop in rural Forest, Virginia. In the video above you'll see a tour of William's workshop, and below you'll see a gallery of William's stunning furniture that he has photographed over the years. But first, here is a mini bio about William: About Wm.

Workbenches in a traditional woodworking workshop

“Wood & Shop is a place for Woodworkers…

…of all skill levels to come learn how to use a mix of traditional Hand Tool Woodworking and modern Power Tool Woodworking to make heirloom-quality furniture that will last a lifetime.”

– Joshua Farnsworth

Kaare Loftheim at the Colonial Williamsburg Hay Cabinet maker's shop with a jointer hand plane

WOODWORKING WORKSHOP TOURS

Watch video tours of traditional & modern workshops, and other fascinating places for woodworkers.

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Row of antique scottish infil handplanes for sale

HAND TOOL BUYING GUIDE

Joshua’s buyer’s guides for which hand tools to buy for traditional woodworking.

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Joshua Farnsworth jointing the edge of a board on a Grizzly power jointer

POWER TOOL BUYING GUIDE

Joshua’s buyer’s guides for which power tools to buy for woodworking.

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Joshua Farnsworth putting together a mitered dovetail joint

TRADITIONAL WOOD JOINERY

Learn how to cut different joints, like dovetails and mortise & tenon, to create strong furniture.

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Figured white oak end table with hand cut dovetails

WOODWORKING PROJECTS

Woodworking projects for beginners and more advanced woodworkers. Build your hand tool skills!

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Sharpening a chair maker scorp on a grinder

SHARPENING & REFURBISHING TOOLS

Learn how to sharpen & tune different woodworking hand tools & power tools.

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Handplaning wood with Stanley No. 5 Jack Plane

DIMENSIONING WOOD

Learn how to four square wood so it is square, true, flat, and smooth.

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Joshua Farnsworth choosing lumber from a stack of wood with painted end grain

CHOOSING LUMBER

Learn how to choose & buy lumber that is stable, beautiful, and useful for furniture.

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Woodworking hand tools spread out on a woodworking workbench

20 BEGINNER’S HAND TOOLS

See the most basic list of tools to buy first when  starting traditional woodworking.

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David Ray Pine in his woodworking workshop

FORUM FOR WOODWORKERS

Ask woodworking questions & share photos of your furniture & tools.

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JOSHUA’S BLOG

See a full chronological list of Joshua’s woodworking video blog posts & articles.

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Wood and Shop traditional woodworking school with Moravian workbenches and Roubo workbenches

WOOD & SHOP SCHOOL

Come take classes at our woodworking school that focuses on hand tool woodworking.

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Yellow jar of wood finish with beeswax wiping on walnut board

WOOD FINISHING

Learn different methods for creating beautiful finishes on your furniture.

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Swiss made pfeil wood carving chisels in a box

WOOD CARVING

Watch our wood carving tutorials & recommended tools for carving wood.

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