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Download free woodworking plans for all of the projects featured in our video series, Getting Started in Woodworking. Coupled with the step-by-step video instructions covered in our video tutorials, these plans will help guide you as you build these great projects on your own.
The projects include a simple, sturdy workbench that’s easy to build with limited tools, an elegant box that will help you hone your handtool skills, and a stylish cutting board that will get you comfortable with the router.
To watch all of the videos in our series, visit Getting Started in Woodworking online at www.finewoodworking.com/start.
Oak BookcaseLearn a variety of machine and hand tool woodworking skills in the construction of this oak bookcase from the second season of our video series. This project includes cutting dadoes and rabbets with a router, cutting curves with a jigsaw, techniques for sanding flat and curved parts, and we show you how to reinforce your joinery with screws and wood plugs. The free woodworking plan includes scale drawings and dimensions.
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A Simple, Sturdy WorkbenchConstructed with 2×4 and 4×4 lumber, a single sheet of multi-density fiberboard (MDF), and some basic hardware, this easy-to-follow project results in a great first workbench that will last for years and accommodate just about any woodworking operation at the workbench. The free woodworking plan includes a supplies list and detailed drawings with dimensions.
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A Small, Elegant BoxLearn the basics of hand-tool woodworking and build a great keepsake along the way. The idea for this small box comes from a Japanese sushi container; the construction uses lap joints, brass pins, and carefully rounded sides. The free woodworking plan includes construction details and detailed drawings with dimensions.
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Make a Cutting BoardCutting boards are a great first project for the novice woodworker because the process will introduce you to a number of basic woodworking tools and techniques and you end up with a project that is practical and attractive. The free woodworking plan includes design and construction advice. Detailed drawings are not included but strategies for designing your own cutting board are covered.
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Cut nails and a clever lid clinch a traditional Japanese toolbox
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
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