• 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.

  • 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

  • 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

Workbenches in a traditional woodworking workshop

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…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


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


Row of antique scottish infil handplanes for sale


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


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


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


Joshua Farnsworth putting together a mitered dovetail joint


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


Figured white oak end table with hand cut dovetails


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


Sharpening a chair maker scorp on a grinder


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


Handplaning wood with Stanley No. 5 Jack Plane


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


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


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


Woodworking hand tools spread out on a woodworking workbench


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


David Ray Pine in his woodworking workshop


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



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


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


Yellow jar of wood finish with beeswax wiping on walnut board


Learn different methods for creating beautiful finishes on your furniture.


Swiss made pfeil wood carving chisels in a box


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