Armoire Constructed of Old-Growth
Recycled Douglas Fir
To Ray's Woodworking History readers:
Our father worked on this site as a labor of love and we want to continue to share it with the world in his memory.
He will be missed.
See Ray's Profile of in Woodshop News April 2010: PDF or HTML.
(1) an extensive glossary, where entries define a multitude of topics that relate to woodworking's history
(2) historical documents
(3) many other textual materials and images of woodworking's history, especially amateur woodworking. Selected Primary Sources
Vintage Woodworker's Manuals
Manufacturer's Tool Catalogs
Check out my latest pdf catalog (17mb), a 1913 edition of The Heavy Hardware Co) - a firm based in Toledo, Ohio that specialized in "carriage and wagon maker's, blacksmiths' and horseshoer's supplies", but upon looking deeper, a whole lot more too.
Check out Router and Bandsaw for Updating & Additions
Sources for parts:
For vintage hand held power tools - Charles H. Day in Portland, OR.
For vintage stationary woodworking tools- Plaza Machinery in Bethel, VT.
I've enjoyed making furniture, picture frames, and "jigs":
Recommended Websites for Tracing Woodworking History
Directory of American Tools and Machinery Patents A database of patent info on power woodworking tools. Includes diagrams patentees needed to submit for obtaining patents. Use Internet Explorer Browser, and Broadband speed is nice.
Vintage Machinery Formerly known as Old Woodworking Machines, this website is dedicated to documenting woodworker's vintage power machinery. Links, pictures of restored vintage machines, old catalogs, discussion, many of 6000 members expert in the historical details of individual tools.