Category: Wood Projects

While visiting Millersburg, Ohio, Chris Schwarz ran across a couple of chairs made around 1790-1820 or so. Interestingly enough, it was hard to sit in the chairs, as they were made for smaller people with tinier waists. So a plan to recreate the chairs is being hatched, complete with diy chair plans coming soon. Chris writes: To my eye, they look remarkably modern. I love that the rake of the spindles and legs are in opposition to each other. The…

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Looking at the price of summer wooden lawn chairs, they are indeed pricey. So let’s see if we can get the plans and designs for a summer wood chaise from our favorite wood expert. These beautiful and inexpensive outdoor lounge chairs were designed by Ana White and built by Brook over at Being Brook    We really wanted to make these chaise lounges very affordable, so they are 24″ wide to conserve wood – made of 1x3s which tend to be…

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Build Your Own Bed and Save Money Ever look at the cost of a bed frame? And how they always seem to overpriced? It’s no wonder that people turn to learning wood working! Let’s see if we can show you how to make you your own bed frame and give you a bill of materials, a training video, and full instructions. A bed is the most important piece of furniture in a bedroom.  Beds increase the comfort and functionality of…

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So you want to turn a pencil holder and want to see an example on how to do it before you go and goof up a few times. Here I present Dan’s wood working’s video to show how to make an orange osage pencil holder so you can see how a pro makes one. Don’t mind the rock music. I hope you make yourself this attractive pencil holder and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing how to turn one yourself. See…

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This handy portable leather sharpening kit can roll up nicely and be taken most anywhere. It is comfortable in the hand, feels soft and nice, and can let you sharpen most anything. The handy snaps let you keep it secure so it doesn’t come undone when you don’t want it to. With the three different sharpening stones, you can really do all the sharpening you need. You can do course grinding, refine it with the finer grain stones, and then…

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Here’s a look at the Nick Offerman book “Good Clean Fun” and his misadventures in sawdust. It’s an easy read, fun to follow along, and one any avid wood worker will want on the bookshelf. Most people know Offerman from his role as small-town functionary Ron Swanson on the TV show Parks And Recreation, whose desk trinkets include a Claymore antipersonnel mine facing anyone approaching his desk. But woodworkers know him from his Fine Woodworking articles as a fellow woodworker who…

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Have a post outside you’d like to illuminate? Why not try this fun outdoor lantern project? It’s great for any yard with a post that needs some light, and can be done in an afternoon. Most of the project is based out of western red cedar, but of course if you have a wood you’d prefer to use, go for it. If you do go with the red cedar, be sure to get cuts where you can extract pieces without…

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Do you like Welsh wood working? If you do, you are in for a treat. Chris Williams, of WelshStickChairs is coming to the USA do discuss the life and times of John Brown. He’s writing a book on that real soon now, and wants to start the buzz now. Working with Chris is always a blast of chairmaking, stock prep, talking, planning, arguing, asking questions and generally giving each other the business about how the other makes chairs. Plus beer.…

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My Favorite Adirondack Chair Plans Of all the Adirondack chairs I’ve built, this one is my favorite. Because we use 2x4s for the legs (and add the back leg) this decreases the overall cost, but increases the strength and durability.  This also makes the chairs easier to build. But we don’t sacrifice comfort – with the deep recline and optional footstool plans, these chairs won’t disappoint.   Optional Footstool Plans I have also created a matching footstool plan (see below)…

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Picnic Table Modifications It’s easy to modify this picnic table to different dimensions.  I do recommend working with your materials to minimize waste – for example, if you want a 5 foot long picnic table, simply purchase 10 foot long 2x6s (for the seat and top) and cut in half. You will need some center support if your 2×6 seat and tabletop boards span more than about 4 feet with no support underneath – so maybe keep that in mind…

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There was an awesome event on filing, honing and burnishing, and while Charles Shackleton also treated everyone to homemade pizza, it was really a time to share wood working skill building techniques. Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8, I demonstrated hand tool techniques at the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event at Shackleton Thomas, in Bridgewater, VT, run by Charles Shackleton, furniture maker, and his wife Miranda Thomas, potter. Also at the event were Matt Bickford with his wonderful wooden molding…

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Jarvis Boards founder Tony Smith grew up making things – out of LEGOs, then model cars and rockets, and so on – with his brothers. Despite that lifelong interest in making things with his hands, as an adult, he ended up getting a job as a stockbroker. Until … One day when Tony happened across a book about building wooden canoes, purchased it on impulse, then followed up with purchases of a table saw and some wood. He built his…

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