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"Shop Drawings" Books Reviews
"Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture" has
been named one of the "27 Books Every Woodworker Should Read" by Fine
Woodworking Magazine (Feb. 2005)
"No matter what your level of woodworking, if you like to build Arts and
Crafts furniture, you'll like this book. Lang has taken photos from old Stickley
catalogs, scaled them, and then produced working drawings and cutlists. The book
also offers a brief history of the style and how-to information for the most
commonly used Craftsman techniques. Lang has produced three more books in this
Matthew Teague, "Fine Woodworking"
Below are some excerpts from reviews of
"Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture".
"Here’s a "must-read" book for any woodworker
interested in building Craftsman” furniture, . . .Another nice feature
is Lang’s primer on how to read and interpret drawings. You may find
this section to be an education in itself if you’re not fully
conversant with drafting conventions. . . .The main attraction in
Lang’s book is the drawings themselves, although there are enough
juicy morsels of information to interest woodworkers of all abilities.
With this book, a pile of white oak and a long winter to spend in the
shop, you could easily outfit a good sized home with authentic
Ellis Walentine, Wood Central www.woodcentral.com
"I've been collecting and building Arts & Crafts
furniture for more than a decade now, and I've been waiting for this
book for about that long. In fact, it's a wonder that no one has written
these books until now.
Author Robert W. Lang essentially presents you with the keys to the
castle: 30 shop drawings of some of the most well-designed Craftsman
furniture from this important artistic and cultural movement. You get
measured drawings of the plan, profile, and elevation (usually called a
three-view in design circles) and at least a couple exploded 3D
drawings. Plus there's a cut list.
Intermediate woodworkers will be able to go straight to work. For the
beginners, there's a section in the front of each book that explains
basic construction techniques. However, first-timers would do well to
get a couple simpler projects under their belts first."
Christopher Schwarz, "Popular
WoodWorking" April 2003 issue
(this issue also features Christopher building the Gustav Stickley No.
72 Magazine Cabinet from "More Shop Drawings for Craftsman
"At first glance, this book
looks like just another survey of Arts & Crafts furniture. But it
doesn't take long to realize that what Lang has given us is a very
detailed shop manual, designed for intermediate to advanced skill
levels, and written by a craftsperson who understands the subtleties of
Stickley's groundbreaking designs.
John English, "Woodworkers
Journal", August 2002 issue
|A Well-Crafted Book
|This collection of
drawings for Craftsman furniture is a must-have title if you like
We'll always have a soft spot for furniture designed in the
Craftsman style. That's because POPULAR MECHANICS is a
100-year-old magazine, and we were early advocates of the style
and published books and articles when the furniture and
architecture were in their prime. We were young once, and so was
Craftsman furniture and the houses bearing Craftsman design
details and proportions.
That's why we especially like this collection published by
Cambium Press. It's an extensive assemblage of Craftsman pieces by
draftsman and cabinetmaker Robert Lang. The 144-page book has a
knowledgeable introduction that cover's the style's hidden
secrets, its construction details and joinery. The text provides
the kind of insight that can be had only by someone who has built
The book has sufficient variety for anyone who likes this style
of furniture. It contains plans for beds, case pieces, chairs,
benches, stands and bookshelves. Perspective views and elevations
are included. You get a clear look at each piece, and then you can
take it from there.
MORE Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture is an
excellent and thoughtful work.
Popular Mechanics May 2003
|Bob Lang has a new book out that woodworkers have been
asking for for a long time . . .one of the very first books that
actually provides you with the information to build them . . .You have
to have the book, but I highly recommend that you also pick up the large
scale drawings for your favorite pieces”
Robert Brown, www.internetwoodworking.com
|SHOP DRAWINGS FOR CRAFTSMAN INTERIORS
Lang's book provides both context and measured working drawings
for many of the Craftsman-style architectural elements found in typical
bungalow homes, including moldings and trim, doors and windows, kitchen
cabinets, built-in cabinets and bookcases, bedroom and bathroom
cabinets, fireplace surrounds and staircases.
in many cases, Lang has made the drawings more
relevant for modern builders and renovators by showing the use of
plywood and other modern materials and construction methods.
The most obvious case in point is his treatment
of kitchen cabinets. After detailing original turn-of-the-century
cabinets, Lang provides us with drawings of the modern equivalents, with
standardized countertop and cabinet dimensions, in both face-frame and
frameless versions. An informative introduction to the kitchen chapter,
complete with original photos and illustrative key drawings, explains
Lang's adaptations nicely.
All the drawings in the book are based on
AutoCAD originals. They are crisp and clearly dimensioned and include
all the detail you need to recreate authentic replicas of the original
It is a must-have source book for anyone interested in building or
renovating a Craftsman-style home.
|Ellis Walentine, WoodCentral
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Some of the comments we have received from our customers:
wanted to let you know that I received your book. I have not read it
cover to cover but I have skimmed in depth and love the material.
Thank you very much for a great book. It must be very gratifying to be
able to publish something of this quality."
|"I sure have enjoyed your first book.
I’m looking forward to receiving your new book and the plans.
I have been wanting to build the Ellis bookcase for quite
a while now and finally have the time to do it...right after I finish
those 10 other furniture projects!
You know how it is. Anyway,
thanks for catching my goof and keep up the great work with all the
books and plans"
|"You do great work Bob, and there's no better instruction on
the design and construction of Arts & Crafts and Craftsman/Mission
furniture! We're all extremely fortunate to have you and your
publishers! Keep it up and keep in touch."
|"The introduction to the book was an eloquent
and informative turn on the Stickleys, their style, and wood
|"I ordered your book on Friday--it arrived
today! (How's that for speed?) Anyway, just
wanted to thank you for the (autographed!) copy. I'll definitely be
ordering vol. 2 when ready (if you're keeping a list of prospective
purchasers, please put me on it and let me know when it's ready via
I've made quite a bit of craftsman furniture in the
past, some from the, Bavarro book, some from the (sparse) measurements
given in the Craftsman, some just by eyeballing the pictures. It's
always a bit of a chance whether something will turn out as it appears
in the mind's eye. Your measurements improve that chance by a quantum
|"I purchased your book a few months back. I
really appreciate your effort & work to produce such a book. It is
also reassuring to know that these are drawings based on originals.
Your book will certainly become a classic reference material on an
important historical period, at least for guys like me, the builders.
Is that enough brown nosing? Seriously, a nice little body of work,
thanks for doing it.
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