I Can Do That

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EPISODE 7

Made with simple 1x pine from the home center store, this potting bench could also double as a workbench, outdoor bar, you name it! The design includes a tray for potting soil and a side pouch for tools. Simple to build, requiring only screws and nails for assembly, you’ll be putting your outdoor bench to work in only one day! Click here to download Episode 7’s extra materials.

Previous project builds move to our Popular Woodworking Videos website. Click here to watch those.

ChadI Can Do That host Chad Stanton is a custom furniture maker with almost two decades of experience in building and teaching. He has written for a number of woodworking magazines and continues to operate his custom furniture business in Toledo, Ohio, and his work can be seen at stantonfinefurniture.com.

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Weekend Pot Rack

This simple piece keeps your favorite cooking implements close at hand.  by Megan Fitzpatrick page 58 I like having the pots, pans and cooking utensils I use most often within easy reach of my stove, and this simple pot rack fits the bill (with a shelf on top for lids or what have you). My...

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I Can Do That: Bookshelf & Wine Rack

This simple modular shelf offers plenty of options for reconfiguration. By Tom Nunlist Pages 58-59 One symptom of my pervasive early 20s restlessness is that I regularly overhaul my apartment, completely rearranging the furniture and décor once a month or so. It’s not so much that I can’t settle on a suitable arrangement, but...

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I Can Do That: Shaker Carry Box

Notched and nailed joints add visual interest to this simple project. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages 50-52 This form is typically called a Shaker silverware tray – but it comes in handy for ferrying all sorts of things hither and yon. I got lucky at the big box store in finding some perfectly straight, flat...

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I Can Do That: Contemporary Coffee Table

Take the easy way out: Find sizes without measuring. By Robert Lang Pages 62-63 This small coffee table is a great introduction to building furniture. It doesn’t require much material and it’s an opportunity to develop your skills. This project is sturdy, attractive and easy to build. All of the parts come from standard widths of lumber....

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I Can Do That: Message Center

A low-tech solution for a family on the go. By Steve Shanesy Pages: 26-27 The kitchen is the crossroads for today’s busy family. And while we have high-tech gadgets to text messages, take notes and keep a calendar, I’ve found a kitchen message board has helped to keep my family organized for 30 years. Three decades ago,...

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I Can Do That: Gent’s Chest

A simple box for basic household tools. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 58-59 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy this issue now Common in the 19th-century, a “Gentleman’s Tool Chest” typically contained a set of fancy household tools including the first “multi-tools” – a handsome handle into which a variety of tools including gimlets, drivers, chisels and the...

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I Can Do That: Tool Tote

Wedged through-tenons keep this handle secure. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 58-60 From the November 2011 issue #193 Buy this issue now Whether you’re using it for woodworking tools or garden tools, a tote is a simple and quick project. It’s so simple, in fact, that I decided to add a wee degree of difficulty with a curved handle...