Designed for a 5' x 9-1/2' American flag, this case preserves the carefully folded symbol of our nation and honors the memory of a loved one. You can set this case on a tabletop or shelf, or hang it on a wall courtesy of a clever pair of bevel-edge cleats. Making a flag case usually requires cutting long, narrow 22-1/2° miters where the sides meet the base. By fitting the base between the sides, our design eliminates these difficult cuts, leaving you with easy 45° miters all around.
This handsome pierced-tin pie safe is a reproduction of an original that was made about 1830. We've made a few changes to reflect modern construction methods and materials (such as the use of plywood for the case back and the drawer bottoms), but substantively this pie safe looks identical to the original from which it was copied. If you're new to woodworking or are an old hand but just haven't made anything of large size, the pie safe is an ideal first project.
The Shaker Tall Clock is an heirloom piece that will repay your weeks or months of dedicated woodworking with untold years of satisfaction. A clock built by Shaker Erastus Rude inspired this version, which has been changed to accommodate modern woodworking techniques. The Rude clock can still be seen at the Shaker Museum in Old Chatham, New York.
Looking for something to interest the kids when they can't sleep or to reassure them during a late-night thunderstorm? These simple scroll-sawn nightlights are also a good project for introducing older gradeschoolers to the basics of woodworking. Tighten up a fresh scroll saw blade and let your imagination go.
One of the better feelings in woodworking is is the satisfaction when something you made looks like it took weeks of hard work, when in fact only a day or two were needed. Start-to-finish, this chessboard is an easy build in a day, once you've laid up the board veneer. A classic and attractive version of one of the world's oldest and most popular games.
For simply pushing blocks around a playroom or gathering compliments about your woodworking, this dozer gets the job done. The bulldozer shares design elements with the mobile crane and excavator ( 43973 and 45098, sold separately), and is a great complement to those toys as well. For added safety, the plan includes a bonus article on tips for safer routing. The techniques will come in handy when machining the small parts on this project. Materials not included. Technical Details: Complete step-by-step
An Angler's Cabinet Plan An Angler's Cabinet Plan Item #: 10101-WJ072 An Angler's Cabinet Plan Like contributing editor Rick White, our readers tell us they enjoy fishing as much as making sawdust. It was in the spirit of this sense of community that we asked Rick to share some of his favorite fishing hotspots. He flatly declined the request. Apparently, this is where fishing and woodworking part ways, because he was more than happy to share the design of this angler's cabinet instead . Reviews Reviews
Woodworker's Journal Adirondack Lawn Chair Plan - Reprint Woodworker 's Journal Adirondack Lawn Chair Plan - Reprint Item #: 16207 This photocopy reprint plan appeared in Woodworker's Journal Volume 10, Issue 4, Page 38. Jul/Aug 1986.This is an extremely comfortable chair with large arms well suited to al fresco dining. It's a somewhat low, easy, laid-back chair that's absolutely perfect for poolside and patio use. The construction is downright simple - if you know how to run a band saw you're halfway
Battery Charging Cabinet Plan Battery Charging Cabinet Plan Item #: 10101-WJ036 Battery Charging Cabinet Plan If you've got more cordless tool chargers than outlets, keeping all your batteries charged and organized can be a problem. This compact charging cabinet stows multiple chargers and batteries neatly, and the contents hide away behind a tambour door that's easy to build. A weekend of shop time is all it takes to turn charger clutter into an efficient charging system - and it's a fitting way to learn
Adjustable Dado Jig Plan Adjustable Dado Jig Plan Item #: 10101 -WJ046 $7 .95 Downloadable Plan Adjustable Dado Jig Plan
Great Book of Woodworking Projects Great Book of Woodworking Projects Item #: 42984 All the plans and instructions for 50 great-looking projects are right in this 255 page book provided by the experts of American Woodworker! This essential do-it-yourself reference includes hundreds of photos and step-by-step instructions for projects that take as little as a few hours or as long as a weekend to complete. Includes handy kitchen upgrades, convenient storage solutions, sturdy Adirondack chairs and garden
The English refer to it as a high chest of drawers; we call it a highboy. By either name it is certainly one of the most distinctive and beautiful pieces of furniture designed in the 18th century. The general style of our pieces is representative of the rural Massachusetts or Connecticut River Valley tradition. Crafted in cherry, it features graceful cabriole legs, a deeply scalloped apron, graduated drawers, a flat top with cornice, and carved sunbursts on the upper and lower center drawers.
Toy Bulldozer Plan Toy Bulldozer Plan Item #: 49848 For simply pushing blocks around a playroom or gathering compliments about your woodworking, this dozer gets the job done. The bulldozer shares design elements with the mobile crane and excavator ( and , sold separately), and is a great complement to those toys as well. For added safety, the plan includes a bonus article on tips for safer routing. The techniques will come in handy when machining the small parts on this project. Materials not included.
Here's the perfect project for expanding you skill base with a router. This chest combines cope and stick joinery, sliding dovetails, panel raising and a few flutes just for fun. It's got the appearance and quality of an heirloom keepsake, so it's an excellent candidate for investing in premium lumber and taking your time to get things just right.
You can put this charming project to use in any number of ways. We like it as a storage chest for organizing odds and ends, but it will also make a nice jewelry chest, particularly if you line the drawers with felt. And, small pieces like these are perfect as doll furniture.
If you've always dreamed of making a blockfront chest, but were put off by the complexities of some blockfront designs, take a close look at this piece. The clever use of solids, which are molded, rather than making and applying separate moldings, vastly simplifies what can otherwise be a most challenging design. Except for the shaping work that's required to apply the blockfront profile to the drawers, top, bottom and the front feet, the actual construction requires no more work than there is in making any
While metal shelf standards are a strong and versatile application for cabinet and case construction, they can sometimes detract from the overall visual effect of certain pieces of furniture. Here's a quick jig you can build to hang shelves from dowel pins instead of standards.
Some casework designs, particularly tall pieces, can look stark without a well-conceived treatment of decorative moldings. This bookcase is an excellent example of moldings done right. With roots in urban architecture, the corbels, arches and intricate bricking break up its tall form and lend a grounded sensibility. Here's a good excuse to buy some select pine and get busy.
This project is courtesy of Kingsley Hammett from Santa Fe, New Mexico - the wellspring of much of today's most popular Southwestern-style work. You can easily make alterations to the dimensions to fit available wall space and your own book collection. By making the piece deeper, it can even be an entertainment center.
Timber framed joinery in the author's 100-year-old Minnesota smokehouse provided the inspiration for making the split-cut mortises on this bench. The rest of the styling is straightforward and easy to reproduce with a band saw and drum sander. Then throw in a dash of contrasting wood to add a bit of flair to this sturdy and useful project
Incredibly, the bench shown is made from just two 4x8 sheets of 1/2-inch thick MDF. The two sheets are cut to yield parts for three torsion boxes - or T-boxes for short. One T-box is the workbench top and the remaining two T-boxes serve as pedestals. If you've never tried T-box construction before, it's really quite easy. To help you, we've detailed the process in a series of step-by-step illustrations. Our $30 materials estimate covers only the sheet stock and the hardware, and does not include the vise.
If you'd like to build a bench to top all other benches, ours was designed by master woodworker Frank Klausz. It takes a lot of wood and a lot of work to build, but the result is worth the investment: you will use it for a lifetime. Your children's children will use it, too.
When our longtime contributor Ian Kirby sets out to design a sturdy and practical workbench, rest assured it will be a shop fixture that will stand the test of time. Ian's bench will provide not only a proper workstation, but also essential feedback on the flatness of your stock as well as your planing technique.
There are a number of woodworking fixtures you can get by without for a long while, but a sturdy workbench isn't one of them. The trouble is, those solid-hardwood benches we all lust after can completely blow a modest woodworking budget. Here's a bench that splits the difference. You'll get a top that can stand up to significant abuse, a sturdy, heavy base that keeps the bench planted where you put it, and an end vise and T-track system for holding workpieces as well as a variety of unique jigs. It may not