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Basic Cabinet Design
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Cabinet design, whether for kitchen cabinets or utility cabinets for your garage, is based on some common principles. These free cabinet plans show how to build some utility cabinets, but the design can be easily adapted to kitchen cabinetry. Why buy when you can build your own cabinets from these free woodworking plans.

Ultimate Wood Sawhorses
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
As every carpenter or building contractor knows, a good set of sawhorses are practically worth their weight in gold. They can be just as useful in the wood shop. I've never found a stronger set of saw horses than the ones you can make from these free woodworking plans. For years, I used a very sturdy set of these saw horses as the base for a portable extended-table saw. They're stackable, sturdy and two adults can stand on one of them comfortably. Build a set of your own.

Bathroom Sink Cabinet
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
In this set of free cabinet plans, we take you step-by-step through building a bathroom sink cabinet, complete with a deep drawer and storage compartment under the sink. These free woodworking plans come complete with measured drawings and a bill of material so you can build this woodworking project in your wood shop.

7 Power Woodworking Tools
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
When getting started as a woodworker, many believe they need to buy a shop full of woodworking tools. However, with just seven power tools, a woodworker can go a long way. Learn which seven woodworking tools are the most useful for any beginning woodworker.

Top 10 Hand Tools
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
What are the essential hand tools every woodworker needs? We list the Top 10 woodworking hand tools you'll need for nearly every project.

Plywood Sizing
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Plywood is available in a variety of sizes, and the the sizing can be a bit deceptive. Learn how plywood sizing works and how to find the right size of plywood for your project.

Portable Shop Table
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
As a woodworker, I can never have enough table or bench top space in the workshop. To help solve the problem, I built a lightweight, portable workshop table that can be moved on built-in rollers and then dropped down onto the table's legs when in position to keep it from moving. This is an easy and fun woodworking project to build. View the free woodworking plans here.

Planter Box Woodworking Plans
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
In these free woodworking plans, we build a planter box, large enough to hold numerous relatively large plants. The woodworking plans are relatively simple, and can be altered to accommodate nearly any size. The planter box has a heavy plastic liner and drainage system to drain off excess water. Build your own planter box today!

Portable Miter Saw Stand Plans
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
When a woodworking project calls for compound angles and/or very precise cross-cuts, the woodworking tool of choice is the compound miter saw. When working outside of the wood shop, a quality miter saw stand for your miter saw is almost a necessity. In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you how to build such a quality, sturdy portable miter saw stand.

Build a Cornhole Game Board
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Cornhole is a popular outdoor game played in parts of the Midwestern US, particularly when tailgating at football games. Cornhole is fun and with these simple free woodworking plans, you can easily build your own cornhole game board. Download the free measured drawings and follow the step-by-step instructions to build your own cornhole board.

Table Saws
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Table saws are the most versatile of all home woodworking machines. Learn how to find the best table saw for your workshop.

Plywood Grades
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
There are many different types and grades of plywood, from marine plywood to exterior plywood, A-A to CDX, and the type or grade you choose to use will be dependent on how the project will be used. Learn where and when to use the different types and grades of plywood.

Polyurethane Application Tips
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
When finishing a woodworking piece, one common protective finish is polyurethane. While available in both oil-based and water-based versions, polyurethane is durable, easy to apply and provides protection to your piece. Learn methods for applying polyurethane properly to ensure a smooth, beautiful polyurethane finish to your woodworking projects.

Cutting a Dado
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
One of the most useful joints, particularly when building cabinets, is the dado. A dado is merely a groove cut into one piece of wood that will securely hold another piece of wood. This article shows you how to properly cut and when to use dados in your woodworking projects.

How to Make Louvers
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Louvered doors and window shutters are very attractive, and quite useful way of protecting windows, giving privacy to closets and dressing areas, acting as vents for HVAC units, and more. In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you a simple way to build louvers into doors or window shutters, including a router jig for consistent reproduction. Learn how to build louvers the easy way!

Jig for Box Joints
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Box joints are a simple, elegant alternative to dovetail joints. With this table saw jig, perfect box joints are easy to make in any size stock. Follow these step-by-step free woodworking plans to learn how to make perfectly fitting box joints for any application.

Modular Wine Rack
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
In these free woodworking plans, we show how to build a very attractive modular wine rack. The best part of this woodworking project is that the units are expandable. The more wine you have, the more racks you can add!

Cove Raised Panel Doors
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Adding new kitchen cabinet doors is probably the quickest and most dramatic way to update the look of your kitchen. And if you have a table saw, you can create beautiful cove raised panel cabinet doors very inexpensively. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to make raised panel cabinet doors with little more than your table saw.

Make Your Own Featherboards
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
A featherboard makes working with smaller stock on your table saw or router table much saver and simpler. These free woodworking plans will show you step-by-step how to create your own featherboards.

Plate Joiner
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
A plate joiner is often referred to as a biscuit cutter, and while if has a single purpose, it performs that task with with incredible accuracy. Learn how to properly use a plate joiner, and the features you should look for when purchasing one of these handy woodworking tools.

Build an Under-Window Bookcase
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
In building a bookcase, woodworkers use the same basic principles they would use when building cabinets. In these free bookcase plans, you'll learn how to make beautiful oak or pine bookcases while employing standard cabinet building techniques. With these free woodworking plans, you'll build a piece of furniture you'll be proud to display in your home or office.

Band Saws
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The band saw is not only the woodworking tool of choice for cutting precise curves, but it is versatile enough to handle a number of cuts that is typically the domain of radial arm or table saws. Learn the features to look for when choosing a band saw for your wood shop.

Wine Rack with Wine Glass Rack
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
In this set of free woodworking plans, we build a terrific wine rack that holds thirteen bottles of wine, but also has a built-in wine glass rack that will hold twelve of your favorite wine glasses right next to the wine. This is a fun woodworking project to build, and includes a complete set of free woodworking plans, so you can build your own version of the wine rack with wine glass rack.

Butt Joints
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The Butt Joint is the most basic woodworking joint. Although the joint is simple, there is a considerable amount of accuracy that must be maintained for a butt joint to function properly. Learn how to make clean and functional butt joints.

Dovetail Drawer Building
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Building dovetail drawers is one of the most fundamental skills of furniture making. In these free woodworking plans, learn the basics of building through-dovetail drawers. Follow along step-by-step through these free dovetail drawer plans.

Mortise & Tenon Joints
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Mortise & Tenon joints have been employed by woodworkers for centuries. Learn tips and tricks for making strong, tight fitting mortise and tenon joints you'll be proud to display.

Compound Miter Saws
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Precision angled crosscuts are remarkably easy with a compound miter saw. Learn the features you should look for when purchasing a single-bevel or double-bevel compound miter saw.

7 Projects for the Wood Shop
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Free woodworking plans for projects designed for use in the wood shop. Build cabinets, a portable shop table, the ultimate wood sawhorses, a classic wooden toolbox, featherboards and more. Each of these sets of free woodworking plans includes drawings and step-by-step instructions so you can recreate each of these projects for use in your wood shop.

Cabinets 101
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on the image to see the step-by-step instructions for learning the basics of cabinetry and building this woodworking project in your workshop.

Joinery Types
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Joinery is the heart of fine woodworking. Without the ability to connect pieces of wood with an attractive, strong joint, every woodworking project would need to be carved from a single piece of wood. Learn the basic joints needed for woodworking and when to best utilize them.

Modular Coffee Table Plans
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Looking to build something for your living room? Try these modular coffee table plans. Two coffee tables can be placed together in a number of varied arrangements or placed separately for use as end tables. Download the free woodworking plans and build a pair of these modular coffee tables for your living room today!

Box Joints
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Dovetail joints are beautiful and strong, but aren't always the most practical choice. Would you use dovetails when joining two pieces of plywood? Not likely. However, a box joint would work fine, and have some of the qualities of dovetails. In this article, we discuss how and when you should use box joints instead of dovetails in your woodworking projects.

Lacquer Finishes
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Lacquer has been used for literally thousands of years to protect woodworking projects. Lacquer provides a hard, durable, clear finish that does a good job of protecting against water damage. Most modern lacquer finishes are designed to be applied either by spraying or by brush. Learn the advantages of using a lacquer finish to protect your woodworking projects.

Biscuit Joinery Basics
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
When your woodworking plans call for certain types of connections between pieces of stock such as edge-to-edge joints, miter joints, T-joints and corner joints, one of the simplest and most effective methods of joinery is the biscuit joint. Learn tips and tricks for making strong, accurate biscuit joints.

Understanding Wood Sizes
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
When you visit your home center or woodworking supply house, you'll notice that stock comes in varying wood sizes using terms that may not make sense to the beginning woodworker. Learn how to find the exact sizes of stock you need to complete your project.

Through Dovetails
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Of all woodworking joints, the through dovetail is revered for not only its strength, but also for its beauty. Dovetail joints can be challenging to fashion, but dovetailing jigs and routers have made this joint much easier to perfect. Learn the keys to a quality through dovetail joint.

Band Saw Circle Cutting Jig
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Many woodworking plans call for cutting stock into circular shapes. Woodworking projects like round table tops, archways and many other circular forms need consistent, precise rounded cuts that can't be obtained cutting by hand. One of the easiest ways to cut circular shapes is with a jig. In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you how to build a simple yet very effective circle cutting jig for the band saw.

Wooden Toolbox
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
For years, carpenters have used variations of the classic wooden toolbox to carry their tools to and from the job site. In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you how to build your own classic wooden toolbox. As with the classic wooden tool boxes of years gone by, this woodworking project requires no nails or screws, but relies on woodworking joinery for strength.

French Polish
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Back as far as the Victorian era, French Polishing has been a effective, although time-consuming method for finishing woodworking projects. While it is seldom used today, few finishes offer such a remarkably beautiful shine. Learn how to create a french polish finish, and put it to the test on your next furniture set of woodworking plans.

Radial Arm Saws
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
While the table saw is widely regarded as the king of woodworking tools, there may not be a more versatile tool for the wood shop than the radial arm saw. Once you learn the many ways to use a radial arm saw, you'll want one to use on all of your woodworking projects.

Wood Shop Accessories
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
While every shop should have an assortment of woodworking tools, there are a number of shop accessories that are just as useful. Some of these accessories are tools that aren't necessarily "woodworking tools" but a few of the rest are items that can be built in the shop. Here is our Top 10 list of Wood Shop Accessories.

Table Saw Jointer Jig
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The jointer is a very useful woodworking machine for straightening boards. Don't have a jointer? Try a table saw jointer jig. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build a table saw jointer jig that will allow you to straighten the edges of various sizes of boards with only your table saw.

Cutting Board
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
If you're looking for a simple, beginner-level woodworking project, this may be just the project for you. In this set of free woodworking plans, we show how to make a hardwood cutting board with breadboard-ends.

Best 5 Combo Router Kit Values
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Combo router kits, a single 2-1/4 HP motor with both a fixed base and a plunge router base, represent a great value for budget-minded woodworkers. A combo router won't handle every task, but they will comfortably handle most woodworking projects. Learn our choices for the top five combination router kits, based on performance and value.

Routers
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
With the wide range of shapes that can be routed onto edges, routers may be among the most exciting of woodworking tools for a beginning woodworker to use. Learn the features you should consider when looking to purchase a router.

Random Orbital Sanders
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Technological advances in recent years have made Random Orbital Sanders a necessity in every wood shop. The random action of the sander makes most sanding a relatively quick chore, without creating scratches from the sanding action that other sanders leave behind. Learn the features you should look for when purchasing one of these versatile woodworking tools.

Finishing with Shellac
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Shellac has been a finish of choice for woodworkers since the early 1800's. Shellac is actually derived from a secretion from an insect, which, when processed and mixed with alcohol, makes an amazing finish for woodworking projects. Learn the history of shellac and how to properly apply and refinish with shellac.

Shop-Built Woodworking Jigs
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Many woodworking plans call for pieces that can most easily be formed by using a woodworking jig. Fortunately, many of these woodworking jigs can be made right in your wood shop. Learn how to build many typical woodworking jigs that you can use over and over again in your woodworking projects.

Loveseat Glider Rocker
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Free Plans to build an Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker. This set of free woodworking plans takes you step-by-step through building a two-person love seat glider rocker based on a very comfortable Adirondack chair style. Since it is a loveseat built for two, this glider rocker is perfect for your deck, patio or front porch. Download the free woodworking plans today!

Half Lap Joints
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Half lap joints are a basic form of joinery where half of the material is removed from two pieces of stock so that they fit together flush. Learn how to create these basic woodworking joints and when you should employ them.

Plywood
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
A number of woodworking materials available in the home center are man-made. Plywood is one such manufactured material. Learn how plywood is made and the advantages of using plywood.

Rabbets
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Another very useful joint for connecting two pieces of stock, particularly when building cabinets, is the rabbet. A rabbet is merely a dado cut into one piece of wood at the edge that will securely hold another piece of wood. This article shows you how to properly cut and when to use rabbets in your woodworking projects.

Fix a Stripped Screw Hole
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
One of the most frustrating experiences when dealing with wood furniture is when a screw hole becomes stripped out and will no longer hold the fixture or accessory it was designed to hold. Learn a few different simple methods for tackling this aggravating woodworking problem.

Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw Review
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw is one of a number of entry-level band saws that have hit the market in the past few years marketed toward hobbyist woodworkers. While the Ridgid Band Saw certainly doesn't have the horsepower for production shop work, it may be the perfect choice for the weekend woodworker. Check out our review of this solid, but basic band saw.

Lighting Your Workshop
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
When designing the layout of your woodworking shop, pay special attention to lighting. A well-lit shop should have consistent illumination on all work surfaces so you can use your woodworking tools from any angle without casting shadows.

Ultimate Sawhorses
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on the image to see the step-by-step instructions for building these sawhorses in your workshop.

Pre-Stain Wood Conditioner
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
When working with soft, porous woods such as pine, fir, birch and maple, stains often are absorbed unevenly. This can leave a streaky, inconsistent finish. To help combat this problem, apply a pre-stain wood conditioner. Learn how this one extra step will yield much better results in your stained woodworking projects.

Slab-Style Cabinet Doors
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The slab-style cabinet door is the most basic style of cabinet door. It can be made from plywood or melamine with the edges banded, or it can be made from solid wood. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build slab-style cabinet doors using solid wood with tongue and groove joinery. They're versatile, inexpensive and can be finished in a number of ways.

Gel Stains
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
When you want to stain your fine woodworking projects, one option is to employ a gel stain. A gel stain will give you some control over the depth of the color that you add. Learn how to properly apply and work with gel stains.

Ten Basic Router Bit Shapes
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Fixed base routers, plunge routers and shapers are all used to apply certain shaped edges on wood. Whether applying an edge dressing to a larger piece of stock or creating a piece of moulding, the shape to be applied to the stock is determined by the shape of the router bit in the router's collet. Learn the ten basic router bit shapes and how each one is commonly used in woodworking projects.

Circular Saws
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Carpenters and building contractors have used circular saws for years because of their versatility and portability. A circular saw can rip and crosscut hardwoods, softwoods and other building materials with ease. This same versatile tool has numerous uses in the workshop. Learn the features that you should look for when choosing one of these useful handheld power woodworking tools.

Dadoes on a Short Arbor Saw
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Many small and medium table saws have relatively short arbors. This can be a problem when trying to use a stacked dado blade on one of these table saws, as the arbor isn't long enough to accommodate the dado blade and chippers. Learn how to cut dadoes and rabbets when your table saw or radial arm saw has a short arbor.

Kreg Jig K3 Pocket Hole System
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System has simplified pocket joinery. While pocket joints have been used for many, many years in woodworking projects, the Kreg Jig is the woodworking tool that has made repeatable, consistent pocket joints affordable. Learn the features of the Kreg Jig K3 Pocket Hole System that make pocket joinery simple.

Drill Press
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
When your woodworking plans call for holes to be drilled in stock, no tool is more precise than the drill press. Learn the features you should look for when purchasing a table-top or floor-standing drill press.

Craft Storage Center Plans
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
If you need a set of shelves for storing some relatively lightweight items (such as fabric in a sewing room), check out these free woodworking plans to build a craft storage center. We've included an optional folding ironing board in the measured drawing and bill of materials. Build your own craft storage center today!

Make a Modular Coffee Table
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on any image to see the step-by-step instructions for building these woodworking projects in your workshop.

Woodworking with Poplar
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Poplar is one of the most common types of wood used in furniture making, boat-building and other woodworking projects because it is inexpensive wood, fairly workable, will take paint well and is moderately durable. While Poplar shouldn't be used for every set of woodworking plans you intend to build, it is a versatile wood and can be used for a number of projects.

Build a Tapering Jig
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
A tapering jig, when used with a table saw, is the easiest and most consistent way to cut tapered legs for woodworking projects such as fine furniture projects. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build an adjustable tapering jig that will allow you to cut tapers with angles of up to 15-degrees.

Jointers
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
A jointer is a woodworking machine whose primary purpose is to create a flat surface on one edge of a board. However, the jointer also excels as making a perpendicular edge square to that flat side. Learn how to properly utilize this useful power tool for your woodworking projects.

Make a Garden Planter Box
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on any image to see the step-by-step instructions for building these woodworking projects in your workshop.

Old Woodshop of About.com Woodworking Guide Chris Baylor
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This woodshop photo is the old woodshop of About.com Woodworking Guide Chris Baylor. This woodworking workshop photo shows a miter saw stand, portable shop table, saw horses, shop cabinets for storage and more. Check out this woodshop photo and others in this woodworking photo gallery to find ideas for laying out your woodshop.

Porter-Cable 4212 Dovetail Jig
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
In this woodworking tool review, we test the Porter-Cable 4212 Dovetail Jig. This dovetailing system is well-built and relatively easy to use for cutting through dovetails, half blind dovetails, rabbeted half blind dovetails, box joints and sliding dovetails. There is also room for improvement. Learn the features and functions of the Porter-Cable 4212 Dovetail Jig.

Portable Shop Table
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on the image to see the step-by-step instructions for building this portable shop table woodworking project in your workshop.

Hand Sanding Tips
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Power sanders are perfect for most sanding tasks, but for an absolutely perfect finish, one should complete the sanding by hand. Learn tips and tricks to make this tedious task one you'll want to incorporate into every project.

How to Build Utility Shelves
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
In many utility rooms, garages or other locations, a utility shelf can be very useful. A properly built utility shelf is more than just a piece of wood attached to some brackets. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build strong, sturdy utility shelves that will also look great.

Mitered Butt Joints
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
While the Butt Joint is the most basic method of woodworking joinery, a Mitered Butt Joint is often more favorable, because the end grain of the two pieces of stock are hidden. This is especially useful on picture frames or joining moldings. Learn how to create a clean mitered butt joint.

Half Blind Dovetails
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Of all woodworking joinery, the dovetail joint is known for strength and beauty. There are times when a half blind dovetail joint is the best choice for the connection. Learn when to use and how to build a quality half blind dovetail joint.

Rockwell SoniCrafter
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The Rockwell SoniCrafter Oscillating Tool (Model RK5102k) is a 72-piece multi-function power tool that can cut, sand, scrape and polish not only wood, but also plastic, brick, concrete and metal. Learn the advantages of the Rockwell SoniCrafter oscillating tool, which is Rockwell's version of the famed Fein MultiMaster oscillating tool.

Wood Screws
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Wood screws are probably the most commonly-used mechanical fasteners used in woodworking, and for good reason. They are strong, versatile and easy to use. Learn the different types of wood screws and how to properly use them in your woodworking projects.

Knick Knack Shelf
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
In these set of free woodworking plans, we take you step by step through building an attractive knick knack shelf. This woodworking project can be completed in only a few hours, and will show off your knick-knacks as well as your woodworking skills.

Classic Wooden Toolbox
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on any image to see the step-by-step instructions for building these woodworking projects in your workshop.

Woodturning 101
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Woodturning can be a very rewarding and enjoyable hobby. It can also be very safe if you develop good habits and develop a good foundation of woodturning basics. In Woodturning 101, learn the woodturning basics you need to develop good habits and help you to build your wood turning skills.

Build Your Own Dovetailed Drawers
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on any image to see the step-by-step instructions for building these woodworking projects in your workshop.

Pocket Joints
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Pocket Joints are little more than a screw driven through a diagonally placed hole. Pocket joints are very similar in origin to dowel joints and mortise & tenon joints. While pocket joints can be difficult to create by hand, with a special pocket hole jig, they are very easy to use. Learn the benefits of pocket joinery and when to use them in your woodworking projects.

Build a Bathroom Sink Cabinet
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on any image to see the step-by-step instructions for building these woodworking projects in your workshop.

Tongue and Groove Joinery
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
When joining two boards together lengthwise, the tongue and groove joint is much stronger than a butt glue joint. Tongue and groove joints can be created on matching boards using matching router bits, or on a table saw. In this woodworking article, learn how to use your table saw to make perfectly matching tongue and groove joinery.

Hand-Rubbed Lacquer Finish
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Lacquer woodworking finishes have been used for hundreds of years because they are durable, clear and dry quickly. They also can be rubbed to an incredibly glossy finish. Learn tips for creating a mirror-like lacquer finish on your woodworking projects

Top 5 Kitchen Projects
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Free woodworking plans for your kitchen, including a maple bread tray, hardwood cutting board, a pair of wine racks and a plastic shopping bag saver. These free woodworking plans show that fine woodworking isn't just about building furniture or cabinets. These kitchen woodworking projects are fun to build and not only show off your skills as a woodworker, but also are very useful in the kitchen.

CuttingJigs
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Woodworking Jigs are very handy for making somewhat difficult tasks easier as well as consistently repeatable. Most woodworking jigs are or can be homemade. In this article, we describe two such homemade woodworking jigs, one cross-cut and panel cutting jig and another for ripping stock up to four feet in length, using only a circular saw. Learn how to make these simple and effective woodworking jigs.

Dremel 300 Rotary Tool
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Not all woodworking power tools are large machines confined to the wood shop. Some woodworking tools are extremely portable and versatile, in that they can be used for literally thousands of other uses in addition to helping to complete woodworking plans. In this woodworking tool review, we put the Dremel 300 Series Rotary Tool to the test, and discuss how it can be used in woodworking projects.

Make a Set of Washer Boxes
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Horseshoes is a game that has been played for years. However, playing horseshoes takes quite a bit of space and can really dig up a lot of grass in your back yard. Washers is a very similar game, but can be played on any surface, using a pair of washers boxes. In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you how to build a matching set of washer boxes and teach you how to play this fun game of skill, indoors or out.

Under-Window Bookcase
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on the image to see the step-by-step instructions for building this bookcase woodworking project in your workshop.

Layout Square
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Every carpenter carries a triangular layout square in their nail pouch, and in the wood shop, a layout square is equally as useful. Learn the features of the layout square, and why you should always have one within easy reach when woodworking.

Mtneer_man's Photo of His Woodshop
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Woodworker mtneer_man posted this photo of his woodshop showing the west wall of tools and parts storage. Notice the homemade roller table, overhead air lines and table saw with outfeed table.

Top 10 Safety Rules
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
There are a few simple safety rules that every woodworker should always follow. Make Safety a habit, and you'll be much less likely to encounter a problem when woodworking.

Milwaukee 6955-20 Miter Saw
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The Milwaukee 6955-20 12" Sliding Dual Bevel Miter Saw with Digital Fine Adjust is a very well-built compound miter saw with a number of thoughtful innovations. This sliding dual bevel compound miter saw is a professional level miter saw, with features that include a digital miter scale, up to a 60-degree miter and an adjustable depth of cut. Learn the features that differentiate this Milwaukee Miter Saw from the competition.

sandpaper
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The finish on a woodworking project is only as good as the sanding job that is done underneath the finish. The first step to proper sanding is to choose the right grades of sandpaper for the job. Learn how to select the proper sandpaper for finishing your woodworking projects.

Porter-Cable 18v Drill
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Cordless drills have come a long way in the past few years. New advances in battery technology have brought improved torque, longer battery life, faster charging times and more durable cordless drills. In this woodworking tool review, learn about the Porter-Cable PCL180 18v 1/2-inch Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver, and how it measures up with the top cordless drills on the market.

Ryobi JM82 Biscuit Joiner
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
A Biscuit Joiner is a relatively simple tool to operate, as it is really designed to do one primary task: cutting slots for biscuits. While the Ryobi JM82 Biscuit Joiner is one of the least expensive biscuit joiners on the market, it has a number of very thoughtful features. Learn the features that make this woodworking tool an exceptional value.

Modular Wine Rack
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on the image to see the step-by-step instructions for building this beautiful modular wine rack in your workshop.

Spindle Sanding with a Router
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
When needing to sand curved cuts from a jigsaw or a band saw, the best results come from an oscillating spindle sander. However, if you don't have a spindle sander, there are other options with other woodworking tools. In this article we show you how to use your router table as a spindle sander.

Make a Craft Storage Center
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on any image to see the step-by-step instructions for building these woodworking projects in your workshop.

Computer Monitor Riser Plans
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
In the interest of ergonomics, sometimes computer monitors need to be raised a few inches so that the user is looking straight ahead instead of downward. Instead of using a box or stack of phone books, build this neat hardwood computer monitor riser, equipped with two dovetailed storage drawers.

Hitachi DS18DSAL 18v Drill
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The impressive Hitachi DS18DSAL 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Drill/Driver is a powerful, yet lightweight entry into the lithium-ion cordless drill market. It includes two lithium-ion batteries, a charger and a five-position flashlight, all in a hard-shell protective case. Learn the advantages of the Hitachi DS18DSAL 18v Cordless Drill in this woodworking tool review.

Make a Wine Rack with a Built-in Wine Glass Rack
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on any image to see the step-by-step instructions for building these woodworking projects in your workshop.

TheKitchenDesigner.org's Photo of Cabinetry Woodshop
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
TheKitchenDesigner.org posted this photo of a commercial cabinetry woodshop. Notice the dust collection ductwork and lumber storage racks in this woodshop.

CarveWright Machine
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The CarveWright Wood Carving Machine, also known as the Craftsman CompuCarve, is a compact, powerful counter-top woodcarving machine. This impressive machine allows the woodworker to design a carving on computer, download the file to a memory card and carve the design on the machine. Learn the advantages and drawbacks of this very interesting woodworking tool, and how you can use it on your woodworking plans.

Unhindered By Talent's Photo of Woodshop in Toledo Spain
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Unhindered By Talent took this photo of a craftsman at work in his woodshop in Toledo, Spain. Notice the wood turning that the woodoworker is producing on his lathe.

Photo of Costa Rican Woodshop
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Miguel Zamora sent in this picture of his workshop and recent table project at the Cerro Chato Eco Lodge in the Arenal Volcano Area of La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica.

Table Saw Tune-Up Tips
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The table saw is, without a doubt, the workhorse of the wood shop. However, a table saw occasionally needs to be tuned-up in order to keep it working in optimum condition. Learn how to determine whether your table saw needs to be aligned, what adjustments to make and how to make them. Once your saw is tuned, you'll see better results on your woodworking plans.

Featherboards
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on the image to see the step-by-step instructions for building your own featherboards in your workshop.

Porter-Cable 893PK Router Kit
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The Porter-Cable 893PK Multi-Base Router Kit has been redesigned. The improvements include an improved plunge base for better plunge router action. In this Review of Woodworking Tools, we test the Porter-Cable 893PK.

Outdoor Woodshop of About.com Woodworking Guide Chris Baylor
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This woodshop photo is the outdoor Florida woodshop of About.com Woodworking Guide Chris Baylor. This woodshop photo shows a portable miter saw stand, temporary shop table consisting of a pair of sawhorses with plywood as a table top, a contractor table saw and band saw on portable bases, and an Adirondack loveseat glider rocker that is a current woodworking project in progress. Check out this woodshop photo and others in this photo gallery to find ideas for laying out your woodshop.

Make a Bamboo Wind Chime
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
With their soothing sounds, wind chimes make a terrific addition to any backyard, deck or patio. If you buy them in a store, they also can be rather pricey. Ironically, they are relatively easy to build. In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you how to build a bamboo wind chime. This is a fun woodworking project to build, one that you can easily make with your kids!

Chisels
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
No matter how many power tools or woodworking machines you have in your shop, there will always be a need for chisels. There are literally hundreds of different types and sizes of chisels, and so you can always find the right chisel for the job. Learn the different types of chisels, and how they can help you with your woodworking projects.

Gediminas Photo of Outdoor Sculpture
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Gediminas took this photo of this sculpture as he's working outside in his woodshop, the great outdoors. Beautiful wood carving indeed.

Bosch 1617EVS Router Review
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The Bosch 1617EVS Fixed Base & Plunge Router kit is a very well-engineered tool, one that has been quite popular for a few years. This unit has some very nice features, but also could use some innovation in other areas. Even with some minor warts, it is still one of the best routers in its class.

French Cleat Cabinet Mount
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
One sturdy method for hanging a cabinet on a wall is to use a French Cleat. This type of wedge bracket can be easily made using a table saw and a long piece of dimensional lumber. When properly installed, a French Cleat wedge bracket will support a considerable amount of weight and hold your cabinet tight to the wall. Learn how to build and incorporate a French Cleat in your cabinet designs.

Saw Blades
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
There are many different types of saw blades, each of which is designed for a particular cut. While combination blades do provide some of the advantages of the different types of blades, even the best combination blade cannot cut better than the right blade for the job. Learn the different types of saw blades to select the right one for your woodworking project.

Free Oak Book Stand Plans
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Coffee Table books are commonly revered for their terrific photography and handsome layout. While these books look great flat on a table, they look even more impressive when displayed on a book stand. In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you how to build an oak book stand that you'll be proud to use to display your books. They are easy to build and make a terrific gift.

OK-59's Photo of Woodshop and Band Saw
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Jeff (OK-59) posted this photo of his woodshop, showing his band saw with an arch table and booth backstop that he was in the process of building.

Make a Portable Miter Saw Stand
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on any image to see the step-by-step instructions for building these woodworking projects in your workshop.

The 3-4-5 Rule
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
A long-held and very simple method for determining square is to use the 3-4-5 rule. This rule uses the Pythagorean Theorem (don't worry, you won't have to do any complicated math) to create a square corner. The principle is simple and very easy to implement, whether you're dealing with a very small project or building a house. Learn to use the 3-4-5 rule to square up your woodworking projects.

Steve Ryan's Photo of Miter Saw in Woodshop
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Steve Ryan took this photo of his woodshop and his new miter saw stand with his Bosch compound miter saw installed. Notice the locking lift-caster on the right side of the stand so Steve can move the stand around his woodshop.

Gediminas Jecys' Wood Sculpture Workshop
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Gediminas Jecys provided this photo of his wood sculpture workshop. Note the intricate carvings on the doors.

Hardwood Cutting Board
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on any image to see the step-by-step instructions for building these woodworking projects in your workshop.

Particle Board
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Particle board is widely used in commercial furniture for a number of reasons: it is cheap, lightweight and stable. However, should you use particle board in your fine woodworking projects? In this article, we outline the advantages and disadvantages of particle board, to help you decide whether you should use it to complete your woodworking plans.

Circular Saw Measuring Jig
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
There are times where you may find yourself without a table saw. However, if you have a circular saw and a straight-edge, you may be able to work almost as quickly and accurately as if you had a table saw. How? With a circular saw measuring jig. Learn how to make and use this simple but extremely effective woodworking tool accessory.

Knick Knack Shelf Plans
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on any image to see the step-by-step instructions for building these woodworking projects in your workshop.

Dimension Conversion Chart
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
In general, woodworkers hate math. Because we hate math, I've posted a handy fraction to decimal to metric conversion chart. This chart shows common fractional dimensions in 1/64th increments along side the decimal (in inches) and metric (in millimeters) equivalents. Print up this handy conversion chart for use in your wood shop.

Sfllaw's Photo of Woodshop in Montreal
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Sfllaw took this photo of a woodshop in Parc-Extension, Montreal, Quebec. Hopefully this was a bad day in the woodshop, as it's quite a mess. This would be a good example of how a woodshop should not look under normal conditions, as such clutter would be quite unsafe when using woodworking power tools.

Planers
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
When your boards are too thick, a surface planer is the perfect power tool for thinning them down to size. Learn the functions and features to look for when you need one of these very handy woodworking tools.

Review of Ridgid BS1400 Band Saw
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Reviews of Woodworking Tools. Click on any image to read the complete review of that particular tool, to help you make an informed buying decision.

Bench Grinders
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Few woodworkers may think of a bench grinder as a woodworking tool, but in actuality, it belongs in every wood shop, not because you'll want to use it to help with the woodworking, but to keep all of your woodworking tools functioning properly. Learn the features you should look for when choosing a quality bench grinder to add to your cache of woodworking tools.

Tvol's Photo of Sculpture Woodshop at University of Michigan
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Tvol took this photo of the sculpture woodshop at the University of Michigan. Note the power tools on the left wall and the wood vise on each woodshop table in the foreground.

Band Saw Safety
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The band saw is generally regarded as one of the safest woodworking tools in the wood shop, provided, of course, that basic safety rules are followed. Learn the basics of how to use your band saw effectively and safely.

Craftsman 28084 Router Combo
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The Craftsman Router Combo (#320.28084) is a 2-1/4 HP, 12.5 Amp variable speed router kit that includes a fixed base, plunge base and D-handle base. This kit also contains a dust collection port and edge guide, all housed in a heavy-duty case. Learn the advantages and features of this all-in-one router combo.

DeWalt DW618PK
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
In the latest of our series of reviews of woodworking tools, we undertake an in-depth product test of the DeWalt DW618PK Fixed & Plunge Router Kit. Learn the features that set this router kit apart from the competitors in it's class.

Bread Tray
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
In this set of free woodworking plans, we detail how to build a hardwood bread tray. This unique kitchen tray allows you to cut bread on the tray, while the crumbs fall through to the counter below. When the bread is cut, carry the tray for serving and leave the crumbs behind. This is a fun woodworking project to build.

Shekay's Photo of Woodshop for Making Canes
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Shekay shot this interesting photo of a woodworker building a cane in her small woodshop. Note the portable table saw and drill press in the woodshop background.

KCKellner's Photo of Woodworkers in a Woodshop
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
KCKellner posted this image of a pair of woodworkers building a ramp for her dog, Melo. The wooden ramp was designed to help the dog get up and down off of her couch.

Sliding Dovetail Joints
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
When considering the design of a woodworking project, there are numerous types of joinery to consider. One of the most versatile woodworking joints is the sliding dovetail joint. It is strong, has numerous practical uses, and can be made with a variety of woodworking tools. Learn the uses and methods for building the beautifully simple sliding dovetail joint.

Bosch JS5 Jigsaw Review
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
The Bosch JS5 Jigsaw is a top-of-the-line jigsaw, with orbital jigsaw action, a variable speed motor, and one-handed jigsaw blade changes. In this woodworking tool review, we put the Bosch JS5 Orbital Jigsaw to the test. Read our review and find out how this jig saw fared against the competition.

Softwoods
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Walk through the lumber department of any home center and 90% of the material you find will be softwoods, and only about 10% hardwoods. Why the disparity? In this article, you'll learn the types of softwoods and when to use them in your woodworking projects.

AntwerpenR's Photo of Woodshop in Bangkok, Thailand
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
AntwerpenR shot this interesting photo of a wood shop in Bangkok, Thailand. As he notes, it seems that every street in Bangkok has a specialty. He shot this photo on a street where woodshops are common.

Jigsaws
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
When needing to make curved cuts, few tools are as versatile as the jigsaw. With the proper blades, jigsaws can also be employed to cut metal, plastics and other materials. Learn the features you should look for when buying one of these useful woodworking tools.

Computer Monitor Riser
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
This image gallery contains pictures of all of the About.com Free Woodworking Plans. Click on any image to see the step-by-step instructions for building these woodworking projects in your workshop.

Choosing a Wood Shop Vacuum
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Many advanced wood shops have extravagant central dust collection systems that keep sawdust and debris to a minimum around woodworking tools. What should you do if you don't have the room or the budget for a dust collection system? Consider a portable wood shop vacuum that you can move from tool to tool and use as needed. Learn the features you should look for when buying a wood shop vacuum.

Andrew Ciscel's Photo of Woodshop with Wood Stock
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Andrew Ciscel shot this photo of a woodshop with some beautiful stacks of stock and a woodworker at his compound miter saw. Notice the small blocks of wood evenly spaced between the boards to allow them to dry and acclimate to the local environment naturally.

Nails, Brads & Tacks
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
In years gone by, no woodworker could get by without a wide variety of nails at their disposal. With today's woodworkers, though, nails are becoming more and more a thing of the past. That doesn't mean that there isn't a place for nails, brads and tacks in today's wood shop. Learn the benefits of the different types of nails and when you should use them in your woodworking projects.

Woodworking With Oak
posted on February 16, 2010 11:04:55 am
Although there are numerous varieties of the species, one of the most revered types of wood used in woodworking is oak. Building woodworking projects out of oak can be very rewarding. It can also be very frustrating. There are a number of considerations one should remember when woodworking with oak. Learn some steps for getting the best results out of your oak woodworking projects.

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