Making Furniture and Clocks
John Lavine, former editor of Woodwork magazine, and I have put this collection together using published articles when available. There seemed no logical way to group these pieces so they are roughly in chronological order from 1978 up to the present. We have picked pieces that are as relevant now as when they were first made and that can be built by anyone with basic woodworking skills and the usual tools. About two thirds are in the form of published articles, some lifted from my book Building a Houseful of Furniture and the remainder strays gathered over the years.
For copyright reasons we could make no changes to the published articles but when necessary I’ve added a few words of explanation. Updating sources for glues, lumber, hardware and finishes as well as occasional corrections. The files are all in PDF format and you should have no difficulty printing out what you plan on building. I recommend printing plans drawings 50% larger to make them easier to read.
I am deeply indebted to the editors, past and present of the following magazines: Fine WoodWorking; Woodworker’s Journal; Popular Woodworker; Woodwork and American Woodworker. They have all been most generous in providing digital versions of articles and waiving copyright restrictions.
Finally I want to thank my friend and colleague of many years, John Lavine, who helped guide this project from start to finish. Without John’s expertise as editor, publisher and woodworker I would not have got very far.
-Simon Watts, San Francisco, 2014
This is the first of two collections. The second one has plans and building instructions for Simon's larger, more complicated pieces of furniture. Collection Two can be found by clicking this link.
DVD includes plans and complete building instructions for: