AWoodworker's Bench Notes is a collection of plans, jigs and informationthat I have accumulated over the years. The information contained inthis site is offered with the assumption that the reader has a basicknowledge of tool use and safety procedures, see disclaimer at bottomof page.

For anyone just starting out in woodworking as a hobby I have another site "Sawdust Making 101" which has information on getting started and plans for simple projects. For more project ideas visit Absolutely Free Plans asite that has an index to hundreds of free plans as well as woodworkingclip art for making your own patterns.

Frank Campbell

I am combining many of the projects with those at Sawdustmaking 101 so that they are all in one handy location.

Drill Press Stand

Made from file cabinet.

StripCutting Gauge

Guide tocut multiple thin strips the same width on atable saw.

Heart Wheel

4 1/4" wheel jig.


Helps tomake accurate cuts on a tablesaw.


Router cuts keyhole slots to hang projects.


Useful fordrilling and cutting dowels.

Router Dado Guide

Cut exact width dados with a router.


Effectiveemergency clamp.

Handyrainy day project


Widetopped sawhorse.



Evenlyspace holes in assembled shelf.





Practical Mechanics For Boys

This book takes the beginner
through a comprehensive series of
practical shop work, in which the
uses of tools, and the structure and
handling of shop machinery are set
forth; how they are utilized to
perform the work, and the manner
in which all dimensional work is
carried out.

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FreeMission Style Furniture Plans from
Vintage Internet Plans

Theseare plans from a 1912 Popular Mechanics publication "Mission Furnitureand How to Make It. Each plan has basic instructions and .pdfdownloadable drawings.





Replaced Table on Dewalt Radial Arm Saw

Made from salvaged speed reduction motor.

Craftsman Contractor saw repair.

T - Square style rip fence I built.

Trip down memory lane and the tools my father built.

Types of joints and tools used to make them

Proper method to file steel.

What and why is 2d and more.
How to draw stars, hexagons, octagons etc. with a compass.
The basics and kinds of nailers available.
Easy method for making pattern
How to make coped moulding joints.
S4S, Board Feet, 4/4 explained
Materials to use and how to clean and maintain them.
A few hints on making patterns.
Clips and dados allow top to float.
Basic use of taps and dies.
How to find center or mid point.
Tips, tricks and shortcuts
Help to calculate area, capacity, etc. of common objects.

Informationand supplies from Rockler.

Finding pulley and gear sizes.

How they work and what to look for in a blade.

Tips and supplies to make your own.

Frequently asked questions.

Saw and dry your own lumber.

Get tight square joints.

Use and functions of rack and pinions.


a collection ofwoodworking related jokes

If you have comments or suggestions

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