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  • Build a Desk in a DrawerBuild a Desk in a Drawer

    by Christian Becksvoort

    The top drawer of this bureau is what's known as a "butler's desk," a Shaker design where a writing surface and cubbyholes are discreetly hidden behind what looks ...

  • Build a Greene and Greene Blanket ChestBuild a Greene and Greene Blanket Chest

    by Darrell Peart

    Proud, pegged finger joints, a lid with raised breadboard ends, and faux "leather" straps on the base are some of the Greene and Greene details that Darrell Peart ...

  • Make a Country HutchMake a Country Hutch

    by Andrew Hunter

    With its open top and decorative side cutouts, this cabinet has its design roots in the 17th century. It relies primarily on nails for strength. The box-joined ...

  • Stylish Coffee Table with Sleek LinesStylish Coffee Table with Sleek Lines

    by Jacques Breau

    This coffee table draws design inspiration from the Danish mid-century period. Its floating top, pencil-roll edge and angled legs add pizzazz. The use of floating ...

  • How to Build Storage into Any BedHow to Build Storage into Any Bed

    by Tony O'Malley

    Take advantage of what has traditionally been wasted space by building storage drawers into your bed. This design has six drawers underneath that provide as much ...

  • The Garden Chair, Part 1: Bent LaminationThe Garden Chair, Part 1: Bent Lamination

    by Michael C. Fortune

    Part 1 of this garden chair project involves making the bent laminations that are used for the sweeping curves in the arms, seat, and back slats. The process of ...

  • Bowfront Wall CabinetBowfront Wall Cabinet

    by Matt Kenney

    Add vacuum-press veneering to your woodworking skill set by building a bowfront cabinet that features a subtle curve on its flush front and a beautiful mix of cherry, ...

  • Build a Louisiana Creole TableBuild a Louisiana Creole Table

    by Greg Arceneaux

    This table, a close reproduction of an original built around 1800, is a wonderful example of Louisiana Creole style. The legs are cabriole and the bottom edge of ...

  • Turn a Carver's MalletTurn a Carver's Mallet

    by Michael Cullen

    Every workshop needs at least two mallets, Michael Cullen says. Flat-sided mallets are extremely useful, but when it comes to carving and other tasks where a light ...

  • Blanket Chest by HandBlanket Chest by Hand

    by Andrew Hunter

    Country designs, like that of this blanket chest, fit into a wide variety of settings and are perfect projects to develop your hand-tool skills. This dovetailed ...

  • Build a Vanity CabinetBuild a Vanity Cabinet

    by Mario Rodriguez

    This vanity has great proportions and simple lines, with a mirrored door that is simple to make. All the joinery is cut at the tablesaw using a dado set. The door ...

  • A Unique Cutting BoardA Unique Cutting Board

    by Scott Lewis

    This high-style cutting board features curved inlay that extends through the full thickness of the board so it is visible on the top, bottom, and both ends. Scott ...

  • Build an Outdoor LoungeBuild an Outdoor Lounge

    by Tommy MacDonald

    This comfortable lounge chair, with its modern lines and shapely curves, looks complicated. It incorporates 25 steam-bent staves, which also sounds complicated. ...

  • How to Build Your Own Front DoorHow to Build Your Own Front Door

    by Josh Finn

    You're a woodworker. So do you really want a front door that looks like it came from a home store? Especially when there's nothing too difficult about making your ...

  • Pens Make Great GiftsPens Make Great Gifts

    by Barry Gross

    Pen turning is fun, it's a great use for scraps, and it can probably be done mostly with tools you already own and skills you already have. Barry Gross will show ...

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