Two Books (& a Free Plan) from Woodworking Icon Thomas Moser

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One of the first things you see as you enter the terminal at Portland International Jetport in Portland, Maine, is a showcase of work from Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers – because along with lobster, L.L. Bean and maple syrup, the work of Thomas Moser is synonymous with the Pine Tree State.

InteriorMoserStoolsFor more than four decades – after a stint in the Air Force and a few years as a college professor (English) – Moser has been making fine-quality furniture in New Gloucester, Maine. He started in 1972 as a one-man shop with $8,000 and no discernible business plan. Now, the company he founded employs nearly 70 cabinetmakers and has six showrooms across the United States, and makes and sells furniture instantly recognizable as “Moser” throughout the world.

With Donna McNeil, Moser chronicles his and his company’s history in the new book “Moser: Legacy in Wood” (Down East Books), a fascinating reflection (with many vintage photographs) on a long and storied career.

BookCoversWe’ve purchased a couple cases of “Moser: Legacy in Wood,” and are offering them to our readers coupled with the revised edition of Moser’s classic book “How to Build Shaker Furniture,” which he reworked for Popular Woodworking Books a few years ago. It includes 36 projects from the original 1977 edition, as well as nine additional projects from the Moser workshop. Plus, the section on tools is altogether new, with contemporary tools and approaches to making the pieces. This “Legacy in Wood Kit” is just $34.99 – $25 off the retail price

And to get you started on a classic Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers design, below is the information and illustrations you need to build the Studio Stool (click on the images to enlarge them).

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— Megan Fitzpatrick

9 thoughts on “Two Books (& a Free Plan) from Woodworking Icon Thomas Moser

  1. cahudson42

    Re: How to Build Shaker Furniture, p140-141, Splay-Leg Dropleaf Table

    I came across a beautiful 4/4 17″ x 72″ piece of cherry at our local yard mixed in with mostly 8″ stuff (unbelievable) and am considering using it for the top and drop leaves of this table.

    One detail – the spinner seems possibly incorrect. While the aprons are shown 5″ wide, the spinner drop leaf support is shown as 3″ wide (p141). If the drawing is to scale, this seems wrong. Like perhaps the spinner is more like 2″ – at most? (which makes more sense to me anyway).

    Thoughts? I couldn’t find anything on errata here at PWW, or anywhere else for that matter..
    Chris

  2. bearkatwood

    Looks like a great book, his story is very interesting. Did you have a hand in the editing of this book? Thanks for the preview, I look forward to reading it.

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