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In several threads I have read others comments directed at the lack of "plans" presented in FWW magazine. In some cases, I think the feedback is accurate. I have been with FWW from the first edition of the magazine. I'm up on the history of the magazine and I don't want to invite a debate on the degradation of the magazine on this post, I want to direct Knotheads that like to work from plans from time to time to a source I believe will help to improve the quality of the furniture they build. The plans from Carlyle Lynch will surely help with planning and executing the process of building a fine piece of furniture.
I have built 6 pieces using his plans. C. Lynch passed away a few years back and Rodale Press has given the rights to his plans to other suppliers. The plans are still the same -- top quality and very readable and extremely accurate.
In my example, I made the desk/bookcase from the Single Brothers House at the Old Salem Museum. The first time I saw the piece I was struck by the austere simplicity of the piece and the "un-english" influenced construction and proportions. I had to make that thing. Note: I was married a mile from the museum before shipping out to Europe and I wanted a piece of home to work on in my absence. C. Lynch's plans were just fantastic.
If anybody out there wants info on this guy's stuff, just google Carlyle Lynch plans or go to his grand-daughter's site at:
There are countless suppliers that carry his stuff. If you would like a photo or 2 of the stuff I made using his plans I will be happy to post something. If you want to make a blanket chest/toolbox, his plan is as good as you could want. Lots of dovetailing, good dimensions and the details are very clear. Lynch was an illustrator with a passion for 18th century pieces mostly from the surrounding area of where he lived: Virginia.
Take a look, it might get you fired up if you're looking for a project to get you going. If you're the type that likes to drink a cup of coffee and study plans before you go out to the shop, this might be just what you need.
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