Woodsmith Project Supplies is offering shop drawings for the projects featured in this issue, see box at right Supplies for the projects can be found at local woodworking stores or the mail order sources listed at right


To build the birdhouse on page 24, all the hardware you need are some woodscrews, brads, and a wood finial (ours was 43/8" tall). The finial can be ordered through the sources at right


Both the rocker (page 6) and the footstool (page 16) are built without much traditional hardware, but you will need to purchase a few supplies.

DOWELS. To build these projects, we made our own dowels out of square stock, refer to the article on page 14. One of the reasons for this was that we had a hard time finding lV- '-dia. dowels — especially ones long enough to make the 421/£"-long back legs. But we did end up finding a mail order source that supplies lV&"-dia. dowels that are 48" long, see the sources in the margin at right

SHAKER TAPE. Of course, the rocking chair and footstool require some cotton tape and foam pads. There are three companies I know of that spe-

When it's time to build the projects for Woodsmith, our project designers create a set of drawings for us to work from. These include all the technical information thafs needed to build a project —plan views, section views, side views, and part specifications.

With these drawings in hand, we begin building the projects — only after a project is built do we begin writing about the procedure and creating the step-by-step drawings you see in the magazine.

As always, you can build every project in this issue from the information that's in the articles. But we got to thinking that some woodworkers might also like to make use of the scale drawings we work with in the Woodsmith shop.

So we've decided to offer the same shop drawings that were used to build the Shaker-style rocker. the footstool and the birdhouse.

These are large, "blueprint-style" scale drawings printed on 18" x 22" sheets. The following shop drawings are currently available: (Quantities may be limited) •Birdhouse Shop Drawings 7117-350 $8.95

• Rocker/Footstool

Shop Drawings & Patterns 7117-300 $11.95

Note: The shop drawings for the rocker and the matching footstool include a set of full-size patterns of the arms and rockers for the rocking chair. But these patterns are also available separately.

cialize in weaving supplies, see the mail order sources listed at right

You'll find that Shaker tape is available in a wide range of colors (and patterns), and usually in two widths: 1" and W. It's sold by the yard in large rolls. But just because you order a 75 yard roll doesn't mean ifs one piece of tape. There are often one or more splices within a roll. This isn't a big deal, but do check the color to make sure ifs consistent.

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