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  • How to Make a Magnetic Chalkboard

    Who doesn’t have use for a new chalkboard? Whether you are going to set it up in your shop to keep track of the new tools that you need, or if you plan to donate it to your church or child’s school, a new chalkboard will come in quite handy. As an added bonus, wouldn’t

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  • Two-Door Ice Box

    Although refrigerators long ago rendered them obsolete, antique oak ice boxes remain popular with collectors, even though they’re expensive and hard to find. This do-it-yourself version is neither: it’s both inexpensive and easy to build. An authentic reproduction of an original, the project is especially popular when used as a bar, but it has many

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    Build a Bow Sander

    This cool tool is great for sanding those irregular shapes or cleaning up a radiused corner: stuff where you need that controlled hand/eye combination to get it just right. It’s made from a simple lamination of five 1/8” strips of white oak and has a simple wedge locking system. You don’t need any hardware, just

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  • Dovetail Drawer Assembly Clamping Blocks

    Half blind dovetailed drawers are great, but clamping the joints properly can be challenging. Using clamping blocks that apply pressure exactly where the dovetail pins and tails join is crucial. These simple-to-make clamping blocks do the trick. I’ll show you how to make a batch with just a few machine setups. Once you’re done you’ll

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  • how to make a box joint jig

    Box Joint Jig Video: How to Make a Box Joint Jig/Finger Joint Jig for a Tablesaw

    Box joints, also called finger joints, are a great way to join corners on a box. Not only do they add a significant amount of strength, they also look great. Especially when the box joint is made from contrasting materials. The table saw, equipped with a dado head, provides a great way to make box

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  • Make a Bottle Opener that Pops

    Does your bottle opener lack pizzazz? This clever opener features contrasting strips of woods, a curvaceous shape, and uses a coin as the bottle opening mechanism. As an added bonus, an embedded magnet catches the cap after removing it from the bottle.

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  • Homemade Walnut Knobs

    Easy Shop-Made Knobs

    Custom Knobs Create a Warm and Personal Shop Jigs are everywhere in my workspace. Taper jigs, custom sleds and even fixtures for boring holes populate my shop in alarming numbers. Single use jigs are crude, but jigs made for the long-term get special treatment. While cast plastic polycarbonate knobs are available at woodworking stores, I

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  • Simple Workbench Plans

    Folding Workbench Plans

    If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, here’s a great way to maximize valuable shop space: a full-size, wall-mounted workbench that folds up into a neat, 13-inch-deep package. It even has space for a built-in light and plenty of storage shelves. We make this project easy with our folding workbench plans. The workbench is as easy to use

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  • Shop-Made Straight Edge

    Shop-Made Straight Edge

    A straight edge is an invaluable tool in your woodworking shop. Unfortunately, buying a quality straight edge can be very expensive. Here’s how to avoid that expense by building your own shop-made straight edge. The key is taking three different boards and using each as a reference to make sure you end up with three

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  • how to make a better joiners mallet

    Build a Better Joiner’s Mallet: Domed Head Provides Forgiving Strike Surface

    One of the most frequently used tools in my shop is a joiner’s mallet.  I use one for finesse work such as tapping chisels and carving tools, as well as more blunt force actions like banging a carcase together or forcing a panel flat during glue-up.  I have made a half dozen or so joiner’s

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21 Responses to “Woodshop Projects”
  1. Jim Hardee

    Just joined a few days ago in hopes of getting a few porch swing plans. Ones that can not be supported from the ceiling. Can not locate anything on the WGA website. Takes me elsewhere. Maybe I joined the wrong wood working website?

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  2. TERRY

    Ticket 21154 I am trying to find plans for building a scale toy truck. Specifically a Kenworth or Peterbuilt. Woodworkers Guild is listed on the Internet as having these however I am having trouble locating them?

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Terry,

      Thank you for your patience. In regards to your question-

      Thanks for checking in with us on this. I do not believe that we have ever published anything on building a toy truck.

      Sincerely,

      Paul
      Woodworkers Guild of America Video Membership

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  3. Norman

    I recently watched an episode of “Woodsmith Shop” they featured a workbench project that could be built in a weekend. I want the plans but am unable locate the free plans on your web site. I really want to make this workbench. I already have the top built. Can you help me locate it?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Norman. Thanks for inquiring. We do not have any affiliation with Woodsmith Shop, but there are multiple workbench plans available on the WWGOA site if you search through the content.
      Thanks
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Dennis,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      George’s fence came with his SawStop. It’s a very nice fence.

      Sincerely,

      Paul
      Woodworkers Guild of America Video Membership

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  4. arnoldwest

    Just joined .Hoping you have plans for a few small projects I’d like to build. A planter table, potato ,onion storage . small green house

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  5. sbest818@gmail.com

    Hey Paul and friends:
    I have been downsized.
    My shop is now outside in the carport/back patio area in the southern California desert.
    I need a plan for a table saw/router work bench that I can make water-resistant and cover up so it looks like a sideboard for the patio BBQ’s with the neighbors. Got any suggestions where I can get such plans?

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    • Customer Service

      Well that’s a tall order! 🙂 You can find build or buy an extension to your table saw that serves as a router table. I had one of these in my old shop because the shop was tiny. I really liked that setup a lot because it used the table saw fence which was nicer than most router table fences. In terms of a cabinet or work bench to house everything I’m not aware of a specific plan for this but I’m sure you’ll find something if you search around a bit.
      In terms of water resistance, some sort of tarp I reckon. I’d probably double up for redundancy purposes.

      Thanks
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America

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  6. Ronald

    how do I get the video and procedure for making step stools and stackable saw horses?

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  7. Richard Conway

    greetings, just turned a big red oak tree into lumber so I can make a big workbench in my shop. want it to be about 15-16′ long. I have (7) 2″X 16″X16′ planks and a 4″X16″X16′ to make legs. I have been looking for plans but can’t find any.

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    • Customer Service

      Dear Richard,

      Thank you for your patience. In response to your question-

      If you search for “workbench” on the wwgoa.com home page search box, you will find a few different plans that we have available for workbenches.

      Paul
      Woodworkers Guild of America

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  8. Robert Armstrong

    I am looking at building a workbench. The plan I have selected has the top made with Douglas fir. I thought hardwood, like maple, was a more popular top than softwood. Will a Fir top suffice? What are your suggestions.

    Rob

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    • Customer Service

      Hi Robert. Hardwood wood be better but fir would work. They are probably suggesting fir because it is cheaper but if you want to spend the additional money and use maple it will be heavier and more durable.
      Thanks
      Paul-Woodworkers Guild of America

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