My favorite woodworking books

Furniture Making Plain & Simple

Six board chest model

Small to save space and cash!


Based on a Shaker design but has concealed bed bolts and a slight upward cant to the head.


Blanket Chest

This is a 1/2 scale or 2/3rds scale boarded blanket chest of pine, not expensive to make. Finish is milk paint and shellac. Knob is hand carved from a piece of plum wood.

blanket chest

Country Morris Chair with Bachelor Cushions


Workshop Aids and Devices

A sawbench or two and a Moxon vise from Robert Wearing's fixture book.


Building Japanese Tansu

Japanese cabinetry : the art & craft of tansu / David Jackson & Dane Owen
Around 250+ pages, well illustrated, has some construction info.

Traditional Japanese chests : a definitive guide / Kazuko Koizumi ; translation, Gavin Frew
It has fewer pages, around 150, and fewer illustrations.  It's worth a closer look though, in many cases the tansu are shown fully closed up and then there are one or more pictures with parts extracted. For those interested in building tansu, this is invaluable. It also has numerous drawings of the various parts and covers the materials used.


Tansu : traditional Japanese cabinetry / by Ty & Kiyoko Heineken



The Japan Woodworker

Hida Tools


My shop, such as it is!

My shop

Tool cabinet with dovetails and handplaned tongue and groove boards
Tool case
Case on wall

Bookcase from pine with paneled back (I make a lot of these!)

Simple pine nightstand from salvaged wood
Pine night stand