Free Woodworking Projects and Downloads

Are you new to woodworking and looking for FREE woodworking projects, plans, tips, ideas & more? Look no further! Popular Woodworking Magazine has hand-selected some of the greatest guides and woodworking tutorials to getting started and even advancing your woodworking skills!
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bookcase plans

Desk Plans

Whether you’re looking to build a desk for the first time, or you want a challenge, you’ll find one of our free desk plans to suit your needs. Don’t try building desks without referring to this first!
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Bookcase Plans

Break the bank? Nope. Get our free bookcase plans – “Bookcase Plan Combo Pack.” This valuable e-book will tell you everything you need to know about building bookcases, including complete plans for 6 styles!
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Wood Types

We cover all the basic wood types in this handy little ebook – hardwood, softwood, plywood and particle board. Some of these are what you’d call furniture wood types, while others are only suitable for rough carpentry or shop projects.

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Woodturning

We cover all the basic tools you’ll need to know for woodturning all in a handy and comprehensive video download.

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SketchUp Woodworking Models

Getting SketchUp woodworking software is easy. It’s a free download for any computer. The hard part is figuring out how to use the software after you open it up. That’s where these free high-quality SketchUp models and guide for woodworkers comes in!

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Wooden Furniture Design

There really is an easy way to learn how to design wood furniture. You simply do not need to reinvent the wheel (or the chair) to learn how to design furniture. All you really need is a little inspiration. Our free download will guide you on a journey to designing your own wood furniture.

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Wood Finishing Techniques

Do it wrong, and you’ll never want to finish wood again! That’s why you need to download this FREE guide to finishing wood. This is the complete wood finishing techniques freebie from our expert, Bob Flexner. Learn which wood finish you really need for the project or wood you’re finishing.

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Staining Wood

Do you want to use an oil stain, a gel stain, a water-based stain or a lacquer stain? What about color? Our FREE download tells you what you really need to know about the chemistry behind each wood stain, and what to expect when you brush, wipe or spray it on. It’s a lot simpler than you think! This is the comprehensive guide to all the varieties of stain you will find at the store and how to use them.

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Beginner Woodworking Plans

When you’re looking for easy woodworking projects, we figure you’re looking for 3 things:
1. All the tips, tricks and instruction you need to complete the projects, all in one place.
2. Style that does not sacrifice quality, because you want your beautiful woodworking projects to last.
3. FREE! Save your money for lumber, supplies and woodshop projects that will be necessary for your next steps in the craft.
You get all of the above with our download, plus we’ll let you in on a secret.

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Shaker Furniture Plans

Shaker furniture plans like ours are the way to go when beauty and durability are your priorities. We have made three of our best examples available in this PDF for FREE! Why free? We want you to try these projects and see what our woodworking methods are all about, as you build Shaker style furniture.

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How to Build Shelves

Want something that will fit nicely in a compact space, while maximizing storage convenience. Don’t waste any time on custom shelf design. Just download our FREE woodworking projects PDF now, and start with the ready-to-go shelf plans inside! Enjoy!

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Free Jewelry Box Plans

Are you looking for trustworthy, FREE instruction on how to build a jewelry box? These wooden jewelry box plans are designed to create something that will last forever and make a great gift for someone special. Get your 3 free jewelry box plans today!

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Wood Joinery Techniques

Do you think about wood joinery as much as we do here at Popular Woodworking? You do not have to be a professional to understand joinery and to prove it, we’ve compiled a handful of helpful joinery techniques to help advance your skills. Get your free guide and a free project plan today!

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How to Bend Wood

Are you looking for trustworthy, FREE instruction on how to bend wood? Bending wood is not the easiest of all woodworking techniques, but it’s certainly not the hardest either! Also enter Popular Woodworking’s Photo Contest for your chance to win a year’s subscription to our ShopClass Interactive Online Woodworking Course!

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Dovetail joint

Dovetail Joints

Superior dovetail furniture is well within your reach. You already know how to make a dovetail joint, in the basic form, with either a dovetail saw or a dovetail jig. But dovetails don’t stop there, especially when it comes to building accurate period furniture and better-looking dovetail drawers.

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How to Build a table

How to Build a Table

You’ll be surprised that you don’t necessarily need to enroll in expensive furniture making courses or pay for several furniture building plans just to learn the fundamentals and create a solid, beautiful table for your space. We’re making this information from our in-house fundamentals expert FREE! Why wait?

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How to Build a birdhouse, birdhouse plans

Birdhouse Plans

Simple birdhouse plans are really fun to follow, and the results will delight you. But we’re making it even easier to build a birdhouse with this special offer – we’re making it FREE! Your copy of the “Birdhouse Plan Combo Pack” includes two favorite bird box plans that you can assemble today. So Why wait?

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How to Build an Adirondack Chair, Adirondack chair plans

Adirondack Chair Plans

Steve Shanesy teamed up with Norm Abram on this project to teach you how to build an Adirondack chair the right way. Norm and Steve detail every step, from selecting an appropriate species of wood and the proper outdoor hardware, to cutting the patterned slats and assembling an attractive final product.

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Woodworking Ideas and Woodworking Plans

How do the best craftsmen come up with woodworking ideas, and translate those ideas into easy woodworking plans? Open up this FREE article on sketching – the basic element of all woodworking project ideas – and start seeing furniture and casework in a different light. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is to unlock your imagination.

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