Armoire Constructed of Old-Growth
Recycled Douglas Fir
Ray McInnis passed away on Feb 28, 2016, but he wanted this website to stay up for everyone to continue to enjoy. Ray was always ready to help people learn about woodworking. So, we are leaving the site just as it was. His last update was only a week before he passed. Enjoy his legacy.
He will be missed.
See Ray's Profile 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(2) historical documents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.