Project of the Month

Drill Press Table Project

May 2013

Industrial Shelving Unit

This Industrial Shelving Unit is sure to give any office a more rugged look. Just follow our step-by-step directions to turn angle iron and reclaimed wood into an expertly crafted, awe-inspiring piece of furniture.

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Past Projects of the Month

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    • Drill Press Table Project April 2013

      Bicycle Rack

      This wall-mounted bike rack is a real space saver. Build it with whatever wood speaks to you; we used African mahogany and figured birch.

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    • Drill Press Table Project March 2013

      Conference Table

      The next big meeting of the minds can go down right in your own garage. Build this conference table and add a classy boardroom accent to your space.

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    • Drill Press Table Project February 2013

      Reclaimed Lumber Couch

      The rustic look of reclaimed wood adds character to this couch. Throw on some comfy cushions to make it your new favorite spot for napping and lounging.

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    • Artist's Pencil Box January 2013

      Travel Bar

      Outfit an old suitcase with custom shelving compartments, stock it with bar supplies, and you can have your cocktail hour anytime, anywhere.

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    • Drill Press Table Project

      December 2012

      Industrial Desk

      Set up a functional staging area for your workspace with this industrial desk project. The plan is customizable, so you can build it to just the right size you need.

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    • Drill Press Table Project

      November 2012

      Drill Press Table

      Create an auxiliary table for your drill press. This wide table design features an adjustable fence, hold-downs and stop that fits a 10" drill press.

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    • Water Wall

      October 2012

      How to build a Water Wall

      A decorative water wall adds a serene feel to any room. This one will keep flowing once it's filled, without having to be hooked up to a water line.

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    • Arts & Crafts Picture Frame August 2012

      Cherry China Cabinet

      This china cabinet features clean lines, gentle arches and hidden hardware. With care and patience, it's well within the abilities of any intermediate to advanced hobbyist.

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    • Arts & Crafts Picture Frame July 2012

      Arts & Crafts Picture Frame

      Revive the art of frame making with this Arts & Crafts style project, a double frame with pinned mortise and tenon joints for durability.

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    • Eastern Shore Chest June 2012

      Eastern Shore Chest

      With cope and stick joinery, panel raising, sliding dovetails and flutes, this chest has the appearance and quality of an heirloom keepsake.

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    • Arts & Crafts Wine Cabinet May 2012

      Arts & Crafts Wine Cabinet

      This is a huge cabinet: the upper unit provides loads of shelf space for storing and displaying glassware, while the bottom stows a substantial collection of wine.

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    • Country Kitchen Table April 2012

      Country Kitchen Table

      Thanks to the butcher block top and sturdy legbase, this table is equally suited for countertop work or casual family dining.

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    • Shaker Hall Table March 2012

      Shaker Hall Table

      This adaptation of a table originally built in the mid-1800s stays true to the Shaker tradition.

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    • New England Bench February 2012

      New England Bench

      Equally at home next to the fireplace or in the entryway, this colonial bench will warm your home with its old-world charm.

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    • Artist's Pencil Box January 2012

      Artist's Pencil Box

      Here's a quick project you can make for an aspiring young artist.

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    • Bed Table December 2011

      Bedside Table

      This bedside table is a handsome, contemporary design made of ash and walnut with a gentle curved face.

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    • Readers Bed November 2011

      Readers Bed

      This queen-sized bed features a perfectly inclined backrest, three large storage compartments and three drawers for your bedside collectibles.

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    • Classic Kitchen Island October 2011

      Classic Kitchen Island

      This project is reminiscent of an old-fashioned butcher table, but it's a lot easier to build.

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    • Slatted Bookcase September 2011

      Slatted Bookcase

      Simplicity meets sturdy construction in this versatile storage project.

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    • Arts & Crafts End Table August 2011

      Arts & Crafts End Table

      If you're always searching for a heat-safe surface to park the morning coffee cup, this granite-topped end table provides a perfect spot.

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    • Jelly Cupboard July 2011

      Jelly Cupboard

      Sometimes the best way to learn furniture design is to reproduce an antique. That's what we'll do in this project, taking our measurements and joinery directly from a century-old cupboard our author found years ago.

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    • Stickley Desk June 2011

      Stickley Desk

      Without sacrificing any of the charm or structural integrity of our Stickley-inspired design, modern methods and materials bring this white oak desk within the reach of almost any woodworker's skills.

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    • Rocking Chair May 2011

      Rocking Chair

      Classic design, fine machine joinery and a few hand tool operations give a beautiful introduction to chairmaking.

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    • Space-Saving Fold-Down Bed April 2011

      Space-Saving Fold-Down Bed

      Our fold-down bed with drop leaf desk is space saving and functional.

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    • Can-Do Can Crusher March 2011

      Can-Do Can Crusher

      Our rugged can crusher is economical, fun to make and will last for years.

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    • An Angler's Cabinet February 2011

      An Angler's Cabinet

      Fishing poles, gear and other essentials are out of sight but not out of mind in this project.

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    • Serving Tray December 2010

      Serving Tray

      This tray table's simple and elegant lines are a study in positive and negative space.

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    • Bombé Box November 2010

      Bombé Box

      It's a shapely accent piece with three inner trays and a great project for building skills without breaking your budget.

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    • Veneered Checkerboard October 2010

      Veneered Checkerboard

      Brush up on your veneering skills and get an early start on truly hand-made holiday gifts.

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    • Classic Canisters September 2010

      Classic Canisters

      Regardless of what you store in yours, these octagonal beauties are fun to make.

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    • Arts & Crafts Wine Cabinet August 2010

      Arts & Crafts Wine Cabinet

      Test your furniture-building skills by undertaking our Arts & Crafts Wine Cabinet project. It can also be converted to a conventional hutch by omitting lower shelves.

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    • European Workbench July 2010

      European Workbench

      It takes a lot of wood and a lot of work to build, but the result is worth the investment: you will use it for a lifetime. Your children's children will use it, too.

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    • Outdoor Swing and Arbor June 2010

      Outdoor Swing and Arbor

      With ordinary hardware, lumberyard cedar and our step-by-step project plan, you can build a freestanding outdoor swing with an arbor frame.

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    • Deck With Gazebo Project May 2010

      Deck With Gazebo Project

      Build a dream deck with an attached gazebo that will be the envy of the neighborhood with our detailed schematic project plan.

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