• Joshua Farnsworth jointing a wide board on a Felder AD 941 jointer planer

    My Monster 16-inch Felder Jointer Planer

    By Joshua Farnsworth As a historical furniture maker, I absolutely love woodworking with wide boards like many of the furniture maker of the past. I also dislike gluing up panels more often than I have to. So that’s why I’ve wanted this 16-inch Felder jointer-planer machine ever since I saw the one my friend bought. See my video above to learn how to use it. The Felder came in a perfect time, right at

  • Portable Moravian workbench at Roy Underhill's Woodwright's School

    Moravian Workbench Plans For Sale

    For years now we've been giving away the free Moravian Workbench plans that go along with our very popular video "Building the Portable Moravian Workbench with Will Myers". I created this video with Will Myers in a way that most woodworkers could build it. We made it very detailed: over 7 hours! (Find it here). A lot of people have successfully built this historical workbench with only these two resources. But we've also had

  • Kaare Loftheim at the Anthony Hay Cabinet shop at colonial Williamsburg

    10 Jaw-Dropping Woodworking Shop Tours

    By Joshua Farnsworth In the above video I've shared 10 amazing woodworking shops that belong to woodworkers that I've interviewed. One of the things that I attribute the success of the Wood and Shop community to is that it isn’t just about me. It’s been about many skilled woodworkers who I’ve had the honor to film and visit their workshops and learn from and become friends with. So in the video, and the article

  • 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

Workbenches in a traditional woodworking workshop

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– 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.



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


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


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