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A Beautiful Ring Box

Small boxes make perfect holiday gifts. Here’s one that’s a cinch to build and costs virtually nothing. I call it a ring box, but it could hold anything: candy, dried herbs, small shells—whatever you fancy. When I’ve given these boxes to friends, the first thing they say is that it’s… Read More

Animal Ark

This do-it-yourself animal ark project will keep little hands and big imaginations busy when it’s too wet to go outside. A natural for rainy afternoons, the project features pairs of lions, giraffes, bears, pigs, cows, elephants, horses and camels that fit on a sturdy ark. And when the deluge is over, the… Read More

Cedar Birdhouse Plans

If you spend a lot of time in the yard or garden during the warm weather, then this do-it-yourself birdhouse will make a great summer project. Not only will the birds love it, but as it ages the wood (western cedar) will turn a soft silver color and the copper roof will acquire… Read More

Small Precious Box

This box is great as a gift. It’s easy to make, using a dowel as a hinge pivot, so there’s no need to mortise for hinges and drill for screws–which saves tons of time. This box could be made with dovetailed corners, but this is the express version, with… Read More

Building a Knife Block

A knife block is a great gift project that you can easily build in less than a day. This compact knife block was designed to fit a limited counter space, eliminate some knife clutter and house the knives used only on a weekly basis, and also features an accessible… Read More

Dresser Tray

Here’s a neat last minute gift idea. The construction is fairly simple. It’s one of those “how’d you do that” projects, and that makes it a particularly good gift since recipients think you spent more time making it than you really did! To make it you’ll need a… Read More