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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
Chip Carving: In this method of carving wood, selected portions of wood are chipped away to give shape to a particular design. Theoretically speaking, in chip carving there are only two levels on the wood, one is the wood surface and the other is the point where the cut meets. Free form patterns or geometric shapes can be carved through this technique. Even this this style of carving wood, is one of the simplest, but it needs considerable time and patience to master it.
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 a handsome green patina. The project
You like puzzles? You love pine? And you are in a desperate need for new flooring? Well, then here’s a project that’s meant for you! This awesome flooring is made using small triangles that create a cool geometric pattern when put together.
Whittling: This style of carving wood is perhaps one of the oldest and simplest. All you need to get started with this woodcarving style is a good quality carving knife and a piece of wood. In this technique, bits of wood are cut away from a block of wood until the design the carver has in mind, takes shape. Most of the accomplished wood carvers who use this technique, use only the carving knife for both roughing and detailing work. Typically, the design is not smoothened using a sand paper; the knife strokes are noticeably visible and those are what characterizes the final piece.
In this project, you will be learning to make a pallet art similar to the one you see in the image below. This is one of the simple woodworking projects. You will need to buy or collect some old wood boards, screws and other basic stuff for this project.
Why waste perfectly good material if you could use it for something cool like these tea light candle holders? If you’ve worked with plywood, you’ll surely have some material laying around so this is the perfect way to use all that scrap plywood.
“Of all the woodwork kits I have bought over the years, this is the best collection I have. Its an excellent resource for beginners as well as seasoned woodworkers. It includes tons of blueprints for different small crafts, furniture and outdoor projects and it’s simply outstanding…an excellent investment for anyone starting out.
Cut off a 21-in.-long board for the shelves, rip it in the middle to make two shelves, and cut 45-degree bevels on the two long front edges with a router or table saw. Bevel the ends of the other board, cut dadoes, which are grooves cut into the wood with a router or a table saw with a dado blade, cross- wise (cut a dado on scrap and test-fit the shelves first!) and cut it into four narrower boards, two at 1-3/8 in. wide and two at 4 in.
This tutorial is easy enough for even beginners to understand and follow. So I am not going to explain each and every step. I just want to assure you that if you follow the exact same process, you will surely manage to make a good platform bed yourself. For video learners, here is a link to the video tutorial for making DIY platform bed.
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
Are you looking for a memorable and unique wedding gift? A wedding wine box is a trendy gift, but making one yourself makes the gift simply so much personal. Better yet, it’s a budget-friendly project!
Drive 2-1/2-in. screws through the uprights into the rungs. Assemble the front and back frames. Then connect them with the side crosspieces. Want even more space in the garage? Check out these DIY garage storage tips.
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
A small oak table is a very useful wooden item for every household. You can yourself make a nice, strong and beautiful oak table suitable for any purpose. See the image below. As you can see, it is a small, yet good enough table to be used as a coffee table, lamp stand, breakfast table, etc. You can also find many other design variants on the internet. Choose the one you want for yourself and start making it now.
Store shoes up off the floor in clean, natural wood racks. This simple storage system can handle everything from winter boots to summer sandals, with no mud buildup or scuff marks on the wall. Build one to share or one for each member of the family! Find complete how-to instructions here.
The space behind a door is a storage spot that’s often overlooked. Build a set of shallow shelves and mount it to the wall behind your laundry room door. The materials are inexpensive. Measure the distance between the door hinge and the wall and subtract an inch. This is the maximum depth of the shelves. We used 1x4s for the sides, top and shelves. Screw the sides to the top. Then screw three 1×2 hanging strips to the sides: one top and bottom and one centered. Nail metal shelf standards to the sides. Complete the shelves by nailing a 1×2 trim piece to the sides and top. The 1×2 dresses up the shelf unit and keeps the shelves from falling off the shelf clips.
A wooden doormat makes a warm welcome, plus it offers the perfect spot for scraping mud and dirt off boots and shoes. While the bloggers at The Merry Thought used their chop saw and nail gun, this one is an easy beginner DIY project, and can completed with old-school hammer and nails, miter box, and some wood glue.
These things may be tiny in size, but building one is not that easy. It takes some serious woodworking knowledge and skill to build a nice wooden mobile stand. When I first saw one online, I just couldn’t resist thinking of buying one. But when I saw the price, I was forced to rethink. Also, a woodwork lover like me cannot be contained with just one piece and I was not willing to spend on more than one. So instead I decided to build myself one. Yes, it took some doing but the final result was satisfying. Luckily, I found this awesome tutorial online that helped me build my first ever wooden phone holder.
I built my first platform bed by following the steps mentioned in the tutorial and the end result was everything I expected. It was as beautiful as comfortable and strong. It only cost me around $60 to build this one from the scratch. And if I can build it, anyone can. What you need is a little bit of woodworking experience and a lot of confidence. Collect the items as suggested in the video and start working now.
Who said building a bed should take loads of time? This step-by-step guide is not only easy to follow and a real time-saver, but it’s also budget-friendly – you can easily build this bed with just $50! And only tools you’ll need are a drill, a Kreg Jig and a miter saw.
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Whether you want a challenging project that will beautify your home, such as a stunning Stickley chest of drawers, or you need a quick and easy project for a gift, such as a keepsake box or picture frame, you will find the perfect plan inside!
This is probably one of the coolest woodworking projects you will find here. See the image if you don’t believe me. Is it awesome or what? This super cool iPhone stand looks exactly like a TV set and has proper space to fit the iPhone such that the screen of the phone works like a TV screen. Just start playing a video and watch it on your mini TV.
You can also make one for elders and put it in your garden or terrace or anywhere in the house. Elders can use it to relax and kids can use it to play or sleep. Although this is a really beautiful piece of woodwork, it is not that easy to make. Only someone with good woodworking skill can think of making this swing set. Also, I couldn’t find a good tutorial that illustrates the process of building a wooden boat-shaped swing set. Most Probably, I will write one when I build mine.But if you really want this swing set like right now, I would suggest you hire a good woodworker, who can build something similar. Or just search the internet and maybe you get lucky enough to find a tutorial for this. Good luck either way.
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I got this idea from a Pinterest post. The final product looks so beautiful that I just couldn’t wait to make one for myself. This was somewhat a different experience from my other regular DIY projects as it doesn’t involve making something from scratch, but turning an existing wood piece into another one. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it very much and the final product was very satisfying. The tutorial I used is linked below.
With a tablesaw, sandpaper, and untreated hardwood, you can craft a cutting board to help you prepare or showcase your culinary creations. To make this project food-safe, be sure your mineral oil is food grade. Full tutorial for these available here, or try taking it up a notch and cut each a chimney using this how-to.
Beefing Up the Porch Columns: Part 1 of a Gazillion Since I removed the railings on our porch earlier this summer, the plan has been to make some epic craftsman columns. What we didn’t anticipate was that this project would turn into quite the…
Look. It doesn’t make sense to purchase one plan when I’m offering this deal for my entire package at only $67. I’ve sold my plans separately for a lot more but I’ve bundled everything together due to repeated requests.
As all other projects in this list, building the candle holder is easy-peasy. Just find a cedar board that you like, then mark and drill the holes. You needn’t worry about the candles fitting the holes nicely either – as the project author Kristen has stated, the candles fit very tightly in the holes.
Just as a bit of an aside, I’m fairly new to woodworking and I’ve been looking into some CNC routers for cutting for these projects. I came across something interesting. The guy on this page claims to have put together a homemade CNC router for less than $300. I’m curious to know what you think about it. If you’ve never heard of it and don’t have an opinion, then no problem; I thought I’d ask anyway.