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Aggravation Board Game | Makers Care 2017

I have fond memories of playing the Aggravation board game with my grandma when I...
Rubber Band Boatvideo

How to make a rubber band boat. A hand tool project anyone can make.

One of the core tenets of Woodworking for Mere Mortals is that creative people shouldn't...
Staircase Planter Boxesvideo

Planter boxes for a staircase

These planter boxes are just one small DIY step as we've begun taking on some...
Gentleman's Standvideo

The Gentleman’s Stand

One "problem area" in my house is a space on the floor that shoes seem...
K-Cup Coffee Pod Dispenservideo

K-Cup Coffee Pod Dispenser

My wife bought me a Keurig coffee maker a for Christmas and absolutely love it, but...
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Dresser Drawer Storage Solution

Ever since reading Marie Kondo's book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I've been...
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Make a Drill Press Table to Improve Your Workshop’s Efficiency.

Most drill presses are not really designed for woodworking but rather machining, and have a...
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How to Make a Contemporary Dining Table

We've been needing a new dining table for years. We bought our current one used,...
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Christmas Nutcracker

This week I tried my hand at making a classic soldier Christmas nutcracker.  Ultimately it turned...
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Lighted 3-D Shadowbox

If you have a scroll saw, this is a fun project with endless creative possibilities....
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Santa’s Mailbox. Send letters to the North Pole!

Here's a cute project to kick off the holiday season! This mailbox would be fun...
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Clamp Storage Ideas for Your Workshop.

A few years ago, I made some clamp storage racks for my shop that I have...
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Affordable Dust Extraction for Home Workshops

Once you start woodworking, you will soon realize that sawdust gets everywhere and a broom...
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Animal Chairs for Toddlers | A Makers Care 2016 Project

Makers Care 2016 is teaming up with Microjig again this year to raise money for...
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Workbench Paper Roll Dispenser | Woodworking Shop Project

I often get paint, stains, glue, or other finishes on my workbench.  While I am unconcerned...
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How to make a compost bin using limited tools

Composting is good for the environment, great for your garden, and it will save you money:...
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DIY Kitchen Drawer Organizer

Long time viewers to Woodworking for Mere Mortals will remember a kitchen drawer organizer I...
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Picnic Tray

I got the idea for this project from Ryan Borger back in 2013, who sent me...
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Colorful Patio Side Table

Summertime! Well, okay. Technically summer doesn't begin for another month, but in the U.S., Memorial Day...
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Drill Bit Storage Case

Over the years, I have accumulated a lot of drill bits. But they all come...
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Popsicle Stick Bench – Fun and Colorful DIY Project!

This is a project I’ve been meaning to make for years, ever since I first...
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Bathroom Wall Cabinet

Three months into the bathroom remodel and we still didn't have a convenient storage area...
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Multi-photo frame with insane lap joints!

In this Art & Design episode, I wanted to challenge myself to creating a unique...
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Under Sink Storage. How to Build and Install a Full Extension Drawer.

One of the biggest problems with owning a small house is having lack of storage...
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DIY Bathroom Vanity. Save money by making your own cabinets.

Building a new cabinet and installing a new bathroom sink. We are kicking off the new...
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2×4 Wooden Toy Truck

Toys are fun projects to make any time of year, but especially for the holidays!...
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Seven Simple Wooden Ornaments Anyone Can Make

This week I thought it would be fun to make seven different holiday ornaments using...
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Christmas Countdown Calendar

I've made several Christmas countdown calendars over the years. Also known as advent calendars, they...
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Build a bed with limited tools and limited space

I frequently get requests from viewers who live in apartments or other small spaces and...
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Rocky Horror Wall Art Made From Pallet Wood.

One of the strangest phenomena  in cinema history, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, was released 40...
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Make Jason’s Friday the 13th Machete

This Halloween I thought it would be fun to make a prop from one of...
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Space Saving Pantry Made From One Sheet of Plywood

We have a very large pantry unit in our kitchen that is very poor way...
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Raffle Ticket Tumbler

We are going to be holding a big raffle this Saturday at the Mega Me-Mo...
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Make a Wooden Toy Plane

To kick off Makers Care and raise money for The Make-A-Wish Foundation, we are asking...
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Fibonacci Clock

A while ago I was contacted by Philippe Chretien who had invented a "Fibonacci Clock" and...
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Mirror Mirror! Make a sunglasses wall mirror.

I always get great project ideas from viewers of the show. Either here on the...
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Hanging Pot Rack – Turn Your Kitchen Into A Foodie’s Haven!

We've had a large steel hanging pot rack ever since we moved into this house...
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Desk Organizer with Charging Station

Wyatt will be leaving for college next month, so I thought it would be a...
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BOOM Box Amplifier

A few months ago at Maker Faire, I met a couple guys who started a company...
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Automatic Bird Feeder

This bird feeder idea came to me from Bill Wilson, who has helped me out...
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Sandpaper Disc Organizer

For years I've been storing sandpaper in a drawer under a workbench. "Storing" tends to...
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Sturdy Utility Step Stool: Made From One 2×4.

My goal with this project wasn't to just build something from a single 8' (244cm)...
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How to Make a Cat Tree

If you have a cat, you know that our purpose in life is to serve...
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Folding Wine Table for Picnics

If you would like to own this table, you can place a bid here. 100%...
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Drop down table

I think this is the final project for the craft room makeover. At least it's...
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Platform Bed with Drawers

A new bed has been on my to-do list for ages. In fact, we have...
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Mobile Cabinet

I'm back working on our craft room makeover again this week.  The large cabinet I previously...
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Unique Snack Serving Tray

This week's project is sponsored by NatureBox. Please get your free trial here!  ------------------- You can place a...
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Fastrack Hockey Game. Homemade!

How to Make a Fastrack Hockey Game A couple weeks ago Wyatt and I found a...
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Sofa Arm Tray with Easy Box Joints

If you have a sofa or chair with large stuffed arms, you know how tempting...
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How to build base cabinets

The transformation of our guest bedroom into a crafts room continues this week. My wife...
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Contemporary Photo Frame

No miter joints necessary! One of the most common woodworking projects is a picture frame. And why not?...
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Three Tier Planter

As soon as March begins, many people start to experience the restlessness of spring fever....
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End Table / Night Stand

After building the Murphy Bed for the guest bedroom (craft room) I realized that if...
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How to build a Murphy Bed

For years we have had a daybed in our guest bedroom. A daybed is an...
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Make a Wood Ampersand

About a year ago I started noticing ampersand ("and" symbol) decorations appearing everywhere. Thousands populate...
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Make a Shoe Rack

Organize with this stylish shoe rack Designing plans in Sketchup makes me far more productive and...
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Storage Caddy for Brushes and Rags

Storage caddy solves two shop organization problems This may seem an odd project, but as with...
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Workbench for Mere Mortals

Most of you know that I've had a huge 4' x 8' workbench in the...
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Wall-mounted hardware cabinet

Let's get organized! Whenever I decide I want to rearrange the shop, I tend to just...
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Rustic wine bottle gift box

This is the time of year for attending holiday parties and most of us will...
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Make a duck pull toy. Classic fun!

Quack! There is still plenty of time to make Christmas gifts. This week I have another...
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Ugly sweater ornaments! Family fun

Looking for a fun indoor project you can create with your whole family? Cut these out...
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Make a Quoridor game

I learned about a tabletop board game called Quoridor from my friend Bill Wilson, who is...
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Mere Mini: Oven rack puller in 30 minutes. Amex EveryDay

Running out of time to make gifts for the holidays? This oven rack puller is...
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Wooden pull-cart and building blocks

Classic fun! This set of blocks and cart is the perfect gift for any toddler. It...
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Make this unique advent calendar. Countdown to Christmas!

  Countdown the days until Christmas! Advent calendars are a really fun way to start anticipating Christmas....
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Shave in style! Make this classy razor stand.

Bending wood I've made a number of bent-wood projects on the show. The largest was this...
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Adjustable tablet stand doubles as a photo frame

Big thanks to Bill Wilson for coming up with the idea for this project! A...
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Make this toy box to raise money to fight cancer

  Woodworkers Fighting Cancer It's that time of year again to build a fun project and raise...
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Make a candy Plinko game

Just in time for Halloween! I designed this Plinko candy dispenser to use 1" diameter candy....
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Wall-mounted wine rack

  When remodeling my shop last year, I removed several shelving units that I used to...
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Make a small parts cabinet

Hi everyone! I'm back from the Woodworking in America conference last week. It was great...
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Back-to-school photo frame made with pencils

  This is one of those projects that is sure to generate conversation when guests see...
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This key rack is also a dry erase message center.

A key rack is something we have been needing for a long time. We have...

Build your own TARDIS!

I have had more people request that I build a TARDIS than any other project....
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Corner shelving unit

I really like corner units. They always seem unexpected in just about any room of...
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Wooden sushi serving set…and a woodworking project challenge!

A challenge to you Alex Harris and I got together again to collaborate and offer up...
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Router bit storage box | Shop project

I've been storing my router pits in their original boxes and containers for a long...
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Unique basket-tray side table

If you have a second, please help nominate WWMM for a Streamy Award! This is...
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Make a handy gardening stool / carry-all

I've talked to a lot of people who tell me they are unable to spend...
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Build an Adirondack chair. Limited tools project!

An Adirondack chair has been on my summer to-do list for a long time and...
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Make a wood bar stool

This is a classic bar stool design and can serve many purposes. I am giving...
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Build a folding sawhorse

I've made a lot of sawhorses over the years because they are so useful. It's...
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Make a patio table

Just in time for summertime backyard entertaining! I made this table out of redwood, but...
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Draw big circles with this shop-made beam compass

  It's surprising how often I seem to have the need to make a circle for...
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Make a 5-board bench

The five board bench is a classic woodworking project. You literally only need five boards...
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Making a closet organizer

Transforming a closet We have a guest bedroom in our house, but we rarely have guests....
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Writing desk

Decluttering I've been meaning to make this project for over ten years. It was about that...
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Make a garden hose hanger

Spring is a great time to get outside and make some projects for your garden....
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Scroll sawn bookends

  A curious experiment Recently, Jack Houweling invited a number of YouTube woodworkers to participate in an...
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Long-handle step stool

I've made other step stools but when Earshel Futrel sent me pictures of one he...
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Vertical corner planter. Great for any small space!

Welcome to spring! I am kicking off the season with an outdoor project that anyone can...
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Make a country charm spice rack. Great pallet wood or scrap wood project!

Transform mundane designs to compelling ones with minor tweaks  To me, the design of this space...
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Make a sofa snack table for your living room.

Snack tables are a great way to share snacks while watching TV.  They are fun...
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Make a gardening toolbox. Customize it with a cool photo transfer. Easy technique!

Spring is almost here!  Since March first is tomorrow, this is my official "kicking off spring"...
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Candle wall sconces

This week's project is completely different than what I started out with. Last week I...
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Make a heart-shaped box

Please welcome Micro Jig as a new sponsor to the show! Great products and people. ***** For...
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Make a shopping bag dispenser. Bid on this to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Inspiration for this project came from Tim Sluder, who suggested I come up with some...
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Football party snack tray

Just in time for the Super Bowl next week! This snack tray is hinged for...
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Unique under-bed storage solution

When researching storage and organization projects, I was reminded how much space is available under...
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Make a rustic pallet-wood bath cabinet

As we gain experience as woodworkers, we begin to get a feel for the properties...
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Make a sliding-door garage or shop cabinet

Storage cabinet Naturally, since I've been cleaning out my shop and freeing up a lot of...
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Make a loud referee’s whistle

I never knew these were called "pea whistles" before this week. I just thought they...
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Make a wooden piggy bank

Last week I got an email from Janae Myers, suggesting I make a piggy bank. I...
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Make a Shut-the-box game

I really enjoy making wood games. They make great gifts and are a great way...
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Make a cheese cutting board

Time to kick off the holiday gift-making season! For those of you in America, this...
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Make a child’s art easel.

Every year at this time, Marc (The Wood Whisperer) builds a simple project to raise...
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Shop improvements and updates

One of the things I continually struggle with is routine maintenance and organizing in my...
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Make a toe-pincher coffin candy dish for Halloween

For some reason I've been meaning to make a Halloween candy dish for a long...
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Googie style speaker shelves

I became fascinated by Googie architecture and style last March when I made my Jetson's...
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Make a pair of nightstands

This turned out to be a busy week. I designed these nightstands on Monday, got...
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Make a family birthday calendar

Here's a fun project that can be modified in a lot of different ways, depending...
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Make a marshmallow crossbow.

  Marshmallow Shooter! Long time contributor to WWMM Carmen Salamone designed this crossbow quite some time ago...
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Make a drill bit case

I have a lot of drill bits. Mostly, they are all over my workbench and...
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Wall mounted storage cabinet

One bit of shop organization often leads to another. The extra space I gained by...
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Build a rustic wine cabinet using free pallet wood. Great upcycling project.

In case I ever become a grape farmer and bottle my own wine, my son...
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Make a wood bracelet

Last weekend I was watching the movie Atlas Shrugged which features a metal bracelet. I love...
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Mobile cart for painting and finishing.

One thing I've noticed about the workflow in my shop is that setting up for...
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Outdoor bench made from 2x4s

Doing my part to brighten up my front yard and the world. Inexpensive woodworking Depending on where...
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Pallet wood porch-swing bird feeder

A few weeks ago Matt McDowell posted a Keek video of a bird feeder he...
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Cherry wood floor lamp

Continuing my living room re-furnishing with a floor lamp. Sticking with my retro theming, I...
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Pallet drink coasters

Little pallets What better project to make with free pallet wood than little pallets! This drink...
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Wood and steel end table

If you hadn't already figured it out, we are in the middle of a living...
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Single-sheet-of-plywood bookcase

This is an easy project. At least it should be. I ran into a few...
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Make a serving tray from recycled wood

  Just in time for Mother's Day, you can make this serving tray in an afternoon. Several...
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Make a rustic wheelbarrow for the garden

Inspiration from an unlikely source I was watching an episode of Adventure Time recently featuring the...
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Make an herb garden planter

Simple container gardening for small spaces If you haven't tried your hand at gardening, an herb...
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Make a rustic potting bench for your garden

Upcycling. Building with pallet wood. I still have a bunch of pallet wood leftover from last week's side...
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Rustic side table made with pallet wood.

Spring is here! Time for outdoor DIY projects.  This week I've designed a shabby-chic side table...
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Make a Jetsons wall clock!

Jane, stop this crazy thing! While decorating my retro living room we decided a new wall...
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Build a coffee table

Retro style For years I've been wanting to make a new coffee table. After making the...
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Make a table saw miter sled

Many of you may remember a miter sled video I made a while back. Although...
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Build a credenza. Great TV stand!

A credenza is a sort of low cabinet that was popular in the 1950s. I...
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Make a wooden book keepsake box

Valentine's Day project I started this project with the idea of making a wooden "book". It...
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Make a rolling lumber cart

This week I finally decided to do something about the less-than-adequate storage system I have been using for my...
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Clamp storage systems

It seems everyone has a different method for storing his clamps. For too long, I...
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Device charging station

Do you have an area in your house that looks like this? For some reason, our...
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Canned goods dispenser. Get organized!

Junk month All this month I will be featuring storage and organization projects. If you have...
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Make a Quarto board game

I only learned about Quarto a week ago. As soon as I started researching the...
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Make Christmas stocking holders

I decided to make some stocking holders just about a year ago, when we hauled...
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How to make a wooden necktie

After seeing a bunch of ads for wooden neckties, I decided to make my own....
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Make a skull and bones candy dispenser

If you are looking for a quick Halloween project to build this weekend, here's one...
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Halloween stick mustaches

Why spend hours at the costume store and thousands of dollars on a Halloween costume...
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Beginning woodworking intarsia

Intarsia has always fascinated me and I've been meaning to try it out for years....
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Picture frame bookends

A few weeks ago over on Facebook, Dale Weinke posted a picture of a cool little pair of...
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Make a quilt rack

I looked at a lot of different quilt racks before designing this one. Most of...
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Easy 2-step step-stool

I mentioned in my recent Mere Minutes that I was working on a stomp box...
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Make a Whirligig

Thought I'd give a shot at building a whirligig for the yard. What fun to...
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Christmas greeting card display

I never really know what to do with all the holiday cards that will soon...
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Make an advent calendar

An advent calendar is a classic Christmas project. Typically, they contain 24 numbered doors and...
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Make a Folding step stool

About two years ago I made a folding step stool and I have always had...
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Phi and the golden rectangle. Make a Fibonacci gauge

You may recall back in December when Ian sent me a photo of his Fibonacci...
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Make a “Connect Four” game

I've been fussing with this project for a week now, trying to come up with...