Electronic Drawings

With many of our woodworking projects, we supply an electronic drawing that you can manipulate or study. Usually these are in SketchUp format. Here you’ll find all the electronic drawings from Chris Schwarz’s woodworking blog, and the woodworking tips and tricks that go along with using them. Learing how to work with these drawings is a vital skill for the modern-day woodwoker – if you don’t know where to begin, start here with our library of SketchUp tutorials.

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The Moravian Stool Joins the Military

I can see the headlines now: “Schwarz Loves Nazi Buttocks.” Oh well, it has been worse than that lately. An astute reader – Mark Firley – was doing some deeper research on the Moravian-style stool published in the December 2012 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. (See more information on the stool here or download...

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The English Layout Square: A Mystery and a Slideshow

Today I’m in Portland, Maine, eating myself sick at Duckfat and studying the architectural details on the old houses in this coastal city. As I started picking apart some Victorian houses on the city’s east side, I remembered something that a student once said about the English Layout Square I built for the December...

Do You Like Swedes With Bigger Legs?

The Skansen bench that I built for the April 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine has proved to be a popular project with readers. But if you like, you can do a better job of emulating the original than I did. I built the project for our “I Can Do That” column, which features...

Full-size Pattern for the Skansen Bench

Last week we offered free plans for the Skansen Bench I built for the April 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. If you didn’t hear about this, it’s likely because you don’t subscribe to our free weekly newsletter. You can correct that oversight here. In any case, this bench was tremendous fun to build....

Roubo Try Square Plans Now Available in Our Store

Expanded and detailed plans for the Roubo Try Square from the February 2010 issue are now for sale as a download in our store. The plans include the original two-page article published in the February 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking, plus another six pages of detailed step-by-step instructions on the construction and truing process....

Free Download: Deluxe Plans for 'The Schoolbox'

You can download a deluxe SketchUp drawing of the Schoolbox, a project that was featured on the cover of the Autumn 2009 issue. This file was made by Randall Wilkins, a set designer in the film industry who uses SketchUp in his job and in his woodworking hobby. This file is extremely cool. Here...

I Guess it’s a ‘Deadwoman’

For me a design is never done until the finish is on the piece, I’ve stared at the thing for a long time and I’ve turned my back on it. Up until that moment, I’ll readily shift gears if need be. I’ll order new hardware, rebuild a drawer or change a moulding. So this...