Create with Confidence

In a world where we buy inexpensive furniture in unassembled pieces, upgrade our computers every two or three years and buy pre-cooked meals on our way home from work, is there anything more satisfying than building something lasting with your own two hands?

Whether you're refinishing an antique chair, upgrading your kitchen cabinets or taking a pile of wood and creating a family heirloom, woodworking brings out the best in all of us.

Your efforts and skill are appreciated here at Rockler, a family owned business for over 55 years. Despite being one of the largest online resources for woodworkers and a chain of stores across the country, we still take a personal interest in every one of your projects. We have real people in our Minnesota headquarters answering the phones. We work tirelessly to bring the industry's most innovative products, thinking and education to our stores and online store.

When you buy from Rockler, your confidence is showing — in your ability to create, and in your product selection. You can always trust Rockler to deliver quality products and impeccable customer service — your satisfaction guaranteed. And we support your commitment to the environment through our efforts to provide green products, our recycling efforts and our support of sustainable forest growth for future woodworkers through the Hardwood Forestry Fund.

Thank you for shopping at Rockler. Please don't hesitate to let us know how we can help youCreate with Confidence™ — on this project and whatever you dream up next.

1954
Nordy Rockler starts Minnesota Woodworker's Supply Company at 1713 Olson Memorial Highway, Minneapolis.
1960's
Moves to new facility in Golden Valley, 925 Winnetka Ave. N. 8,000 square feet, eight employees.
1969
Ann Rockler Jackson joins company.
1972
Gary Rockler joins company and creates a prospective catalog called 'Let's Get Acquainted Catalog'
1973
Rogers, Mn. facility purchased, 12,200 square feet.
1974
Ann becomes President.
1978
Name changed to The Woodworker's Store.

The first Retail store opens at Lake St in Minneapolis.
1979
Rogers facility adds on 10,500 square feet (bringing total to 22,700 sq. ft.)
1980
Seattle, Wa. store opens.
1981
Denver, Co. store opens.
1982
Cambridge, Ma. store opens.
1984
Columbus, Oh. store opens.
1985
First year the company's gross revenues are over $5 million.

Ann Jackson becomes CEO.

San Diego, Ca. store opens.
1986
Milwaukee, Wi. store opens.

Rogers facility adds 14,700 sq. ft. (bringing total to 37,400 sq. ft.)
1987
First year the company's gross revenues are over $10 million.

We lose Gary Rockler to illness 1953-1987.

Detroit, Mi. store opens.
1988
Cleveland, Oh. store opens.

First issue of our new magazine Today's Woodworker is published.
1989
Chicago, Il. store opens.
1990
Buffalo, Ny. store opens.
1991
First year the company's gross revenues are over $20 million.
1992
Burnsville, Mn. store opens.
1994
Maplewood, Mn. store opens.
1995
Company celebrates 40th Anniversary.

Minnetonka, Mn. store opens.

Move offices and warehouse to Medina, Mn.

Today's Woodworker Magazine has a paid circulation of 100,000.
1996
Tukwila, Wa. store opens.

Our catalog goes out to a mailing list of over 6 million in full color, containing over 4,000 products and 400 new products.

Rockler launches first website, allowing customers to request a catalog and sign up for a free trial subscription to Today's Woodworker. Also featured several product specials.
1997
Cinncinnati, Oh. store opens.

Dave LaPorte becomes President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company.

Portland, Or store opens.

Phoenix, Az. store opens.

St. Louis, Mo. store opens.
1998
Orange, Ca. store opens.

380 associates nation-wide.

Company changes name from "The Woodworker's Store" to "Rockler Woodworking and Hardware". New logo introduced and store signage change.

Company purchases Woodworker's Journal Magazine and changes Today's Woodworker Magazine name to Woodworker's Journal. Combined circulation of over 200,000 subscribers.

Indianapolis, In. store opens.

2002
Pasadena, Ca. store opens.

Torrance, Ca. store opens.

Clamp-It introduced.
2004
Rockler.com named a Top 50 website by Internet Retailer magazine.
2005
Women in Woodworking website started.
2009
Bench Cookie introduced.
2011
Rockler Companies Inc. continues as a family-owned business promoting the craft of woodworking.

Our websites are:
Rockler.com
Woodworker's Journal
Women in Woodworking
Woodworking.com
FreePlans.com
CNC Shark Forum

What People are Saying:

I have been ordering from Rockler for almost 20 years and have found their products to be very inexpensive and of high quality. Shipping is fast even when an item is back ordered. The best prices I have found anywhere."

- Orval - 08/07/2012

What People are Saying:

I have been ordering from Rockler for almost 20 years and have found their products to be very inexpensive and of high quality. Shipping is fast even when an item is back ordered. The best prices I have found anywhere."

- Orval - 08/07/2012
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