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Woodworking 37 Stories

I hate watching home remodels that result in destroyed architectural components that could have been either reused or donated. Old doors are a good example. Here's how to turn a pair of weather-beaten cast-offs into a handsome headboard. If you're not remodeling, then good places for finding old doors (besides...
Neat Little Project: Build a Mail and Message Center
Even with fewer and fewer pieces coming in the mail nowadays, there are still enough to warrant a special place to hold the bills and magazines that arrive. Add the need for a centralized location for family notes, the occasional coupon and a paint swatch...
Pocket Hole Joinery, the Beginning Woodworker's Best Friend
Two of the more traditional joinery methods — mortise and tenon, and dowels — require a lot of skill, expertise, time and tools. With pocket hole joinery, you simply cut boards...
Make a Cool Plant Shelf in an Afternoon — No Saw Needed
I found myself with a trio of glorious south-facing windows, houseplants that loved nothing more than basking in sun and some basil seeds ready to sprout. But where was I going to put the plants to benefit from the greenhouse effect? Easy. I’d build...
Helpful Hangers: French Cleats Support Projects Big and Small
Cleats are one of the most basic methods of hanging something on walls, but they're often overlooked. Attaching them requires slightly more time and effort than attaching cabinet hangers, keyhole hangers or picture hooks, but their capacity to support...
Neat Little Project: Make a Mini Wooden Wall Console
A wall-mounted console can be handy in many ways, from simply being another place to set down stuff to being a charging station for phones and tablets. It even fits nicely on a wall next to a bed. Consider this project something that creates a little...
How to Read a Nail
Nails have been around forever, but it's only over the past century or so that the mass-produced nail has become an inexpensive and common way to join materials. It's a simple concept: wedge a sharp piece of metal into wood. The nail holds tight as the...
Neat Little Project: Make a Sturdy Stand for Tablets and Books
Tablet computers, no matter the size or brand, are becoming ubiquitous and indispensable tools for entertainment, research and project how-tos. The kitchen is a prime example of a spot where it can be vital to see how to do something exactly as it should...
Neat Little Project: Build an All-in-One Storage Seat
When building something for a kids' room, consider how long they might use it. You and the recipient will get a lot more enjoyment and use out of something that can withstand the transitions from one age to the next. This multipurpose wooden seat can...
Neat Little Project: Create a Simple Entry Bench
It can be said that you can never have enough places to sit. A little bench like this one can be used in a number of places around the home, both indoors and out. Keep it natural, as shown here, or add any number of finishes. It has a slight country look,...
Neat Little Project: Make a Simple Garden Tote
It never fails that when working in the garden you need one more little tool, or just something to help you carry the unexpected harvest. You can avoid extra trips by building this handy garden tote.
Get a Grip: Create Handle Openings With Just 2 Tools
Trays, totes, stools and even some benches feature handle openings that allow you to carry them easily and comfortably. You can attach mass-produced handles or knobs to these items, but they often stick out, ruining a sleek profile. Plus, it's often difficult...
Neat Little Project: Make a Sturdy Wood Serving Tray
Serving trays typically evoke thoughts of luxurious mornings spent with breakfast in bed, as shown in the first image below. But their utility extends beyond this decadence; they can be means of carrying supplies outside for grilling, toting popcorn and...
Build Your Own Wooden Deck Chair From a Pallet — for $10!
The days of old iron patio furniture are behind us. We're all about going green and reclaiming materials for new purposes! Today the possibilities with pallets are endless, and the materials are often free. If you've got access to pallet wood and
Cool Tip: Mimic Stain With a DIY Color Wash
Not many folks dislike the look of stained natural wood. It enhances the beauty of the grain and over time patinates to a rich luster that entices you to run your fingers across the wood's surface. However, the process of applying an oil-based...
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