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  • Planter Bench Plan

    Planter Bench

    This simple and elegant planter bench project is ideal for the porch, patio, or pool. Filled with plants and flowers, it will define a corner of the porch or patio with style. Featuring all straight cuts and modular construction, the project allows the builder to decide what combination of planter boxes and connecting benches works… Read more »

  • How to Make a Wooden Spatula

    A spatula may not look like a typical lathe turning project but, in this case, it is. The lathe is used to shape the handle and add accents. We’ll show you, step by step, how to make a wooden spatula. Getting started Lay out the spatula shape. Mark out a line 4” from the end… Read more »

  • Making a Picture Frame with Pocket Hole Accents

    How many times have you been asked to make a picture frame for someone? Many, I bet. Here’s a great approach to making picture frames that doesn’t require any mitering, AND creates a cool accent by making pocket pocket holes the main joinery method. Hiding the pocket holes Making pocket holes is easy, and pocket… Read more »

  • Make Your Own Wooden Sign

    Some friends of mine have a cabin in the north woods with an out building for extra overnight guests to bunk up for the evening. It’s a great place to fall asleep on a moonlit night listening to the cooing owls and the foxes rustling through the brush. Both friends have a Swedish heritage so… Read more »

  • Build a Wooden Recipe Box – Great Woodworking Gift Idea

    This is a great woodworking project. We’re calling it a wooden recipe box, but it could be used for nearly anything; jewelry, knick knacks, or any other small items. It’s simple to make, and could easily be built in a day. Joinery A common approach to creating solid corners on boxes or cabinets is using… Read more »

  • George’s First Woodworking Project

    Thank goodness for Moms, who are so good at saving things from our childhood. In this case, we’re talking about one of the first woodworking projects that George ever made, way back in his junior high school days. Here’s a throwback to how George got started in woodworking, leading to what he’s doing today. Although… Read more »

  • Building a Box with Barrel Sides: Part 2

    This instructional video will show you just how easy building a box can be. Even better, it’s a box with curved sides, with adds a very interesting detail. If you haven’t already seen it, be sure to watch Part 1 of this project series prior to watching this video. Getting ready for a top and… Read more »

  • Building a Box with Barrel Sides: Part 1

    Be careful. Once you build one of these cool projects everyone is going to want one. It’s a great looking box that looks way more complex than it is. You’ll find that building a box is pretty darn easy to do. This is a two-part video, so be sure to catch both parts to get… Read more »

  • Cool Upcycled Wood Boxes Using Salvaged Wood

    Contributing Editor A.J. Moses makes a business out of using salvaged wood. In fact, he calls his company Castaway Woodworks because so much of the material he uses has, literally, been cast away by someone else. He takes a lot of pride in giving those materials new life. Working with reclaimed wood Using salvaged wood… Read more »

  • How to Build a Bat House

    Why a Bat House? I have bats in my belfry. Well, actually, they’re in my barn where I store my lumber and I’d like to get them out. Although my initial research was aimed at getting rid of the bats, I ended up building them a house. Here’s why: I discovered that many of my… Read more »