• 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. Brown, Furniture Maker & Wood

  • How to Make Figured Maple Pop!

    By Joshua Farnsworth Figured maple is a gorgeous wood, and is perfect for bringing attention to your furniture because of the way the translucent waves reflect the light. But with a quick & easy process using aniline dyes and boiled linseed oil, you can create amazing contrast and make the figure really stand out, or “pop”. I start with a sample board, cut from the same figured maple board as the furniture

  • SawStop folding outfeed table being used to cut a sheet of plywood on a table saw

    SawStop’s Cool New Folding Outfeed Table + Assembly Tutorial

    By Joshua Farnsworth In the above video I introduce a cool new table saw accessory that SawStop sent to me: the SawStop Folding Outfeed Table. I used to use a large wooden outfeed table in my former workshop, back when I didn't need my woodworking machines to be mobile. But since remodeling & moving into my new dream workshop (and starting my woodworking school), I've meant to build a wooden folding outfeed

  • Joshua Farnsworth's hand on a Stanley No. 4 1/2 smoothing plane handplaning an exotic lumber board

    Handplaning Mystery Exotic Wood – What is it???

    By Joshua Farnsworth Earlier this year my friend gave me a truck load of incredible 8/4 exotic lumber. Great friend, right? He told me that the boards were given to him by a fellow member of the military at his previous station. His military friend had apparently brought it with him when he moved back from living in Africa. So these boards have been sitting in my workshop for months, just tempting

  • Portable Moravian Workbenches Now For Sale!

    By Joshua Farnsworth I’m excited to announce that I’ll now be making and selling Portable Moravian Workbenches, like those used here at my school, and that you’ve probably seen in so many of my videos. In the above video you can learn more, or read below. You can purchase the workbench here. This 18th century reproduction workbench was made popular in the video I produced called “Building the Portable Moravian Workbench with Will Myers” (see the

  • cutting tongue & groove joint with a handplane and with a router bit

    Tongue & Groove Two Ways: Handplane vs Router

    By Joshua Farnsworth In this video & article I'll be showing how to cut the infamous Tongue & Groove joint with both hand tools and power tools, and also cover the pros and cons of each method. What is a Tongue & Groove Joint? A tongue and groove joint is comprised of a tongue that sticks into a groove, and is used to lock together two boards, but it allows for seasonal expansion and contraction with

  • Turning the hook on a card scraper with a burnisher

    5 Easy Steps to Sharpen a Card Scraper for Woodworking

    By Joshua Farnsworth Have you struggled to sharpen a card scraper? If so, don't feel embarrassed! Years ago when I first started using a card scraper, I certainly struggled too. In this video and article I share my simplified method for sharpening a woodworking card scraper, in five easy steps. And I share a little trick that I discovered that helped me to get my card scrapers cutting every single time. But first, let's answer a

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 tools and modern power tools 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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