I Can Do That

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Popular Woodworking’s home for simple woodworking projects and videos. Watch I Can Do That! video series episodes and download ICDT Woodworking Projects from the magazine. Each episode in the video series is free for four weeks.

I Can Do That Season 2 Episode 18: Bar Stool

To close out Season Two, Chad decides to take a seat…or rather make a seat! And what more appropriate than the missing bar stool from the Backyard Bar from earlier in the season. Made of dimensional pine the stool sports a raked back for comfort and Chad takes a swing at simple upholstery to make extended periods at the bar possible!

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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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Contemporary Sofa Table

This slender table maximizes minimal space. by Rodney Wilson My family recently left our sprawling farmhouse for a compact ranch. We left our farmhouse-sized stuff too, and now we need new furniture. This little console table, under 4′ wide and just more than 1′ deep, fits nicely below a wall-mounted TV to maximize floor...

Perfect picnic. A folding stool or two is perfect for a picnic in the park – or your backyard. To make a matching table, just upsize the stool components.

Folding Stool

With two pieces of pine and simple tools, make this easy-to-store seat. by Chad Stanton This simple project made from two pieces of dimensional pine can help solve seating shortages at your next gathering – and it folds neatly away for the next get-together. All you need is a 4′ 1×8, an 8′ 1×4,...

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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...