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Looking for the best resource for easy woodworking projects for beginners or just a simple project you can turn out quickly? Here it is. Our long-standing “I Can Do That” column features beginner woodworking projects and furniture plans for easy-to-build pieces that are not only handsome but also designed by expert furniture makers to help refine your skills and techniques while building your confidence as a woodworker. All of these beginner projects can be completed by any woodworker with a modest (but decent) kit of tools in less than two days of shop time, and using raw materials that are available at any home center. Building these simple projects is the perfect step toward taking your work to the next level.

Our free online manual (in PDF format) explains all the tools and shows you how to perform the basic operations in a step-by-step format. You’ll learn to rip with a jigsaw, crosscut with a miter saw and drill straight with the help of our manual.

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I Can Do That: Small Bench

This simple seat is ideal for a hallway or porch. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 26-27 From The October 2011 issue #192 Buy the issue now This project is inspired by a period choir bench in my mom’s dining room – but I modernized the Gothic revival design of the original with sweeping curves on the arms...

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I Can Do That: Limbert Outdoor Cafe Chair

A great chair to make in pairs (or more), this outdoor version of a classic Charles Limbert Arts & Crafts cafe chair is simple to make using basic home center lumber and only a few common tools. Very little woodworking experience required.   Download the Limbert Chair Plans Here

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I Can Do That: Outdoor Garden Bench Project

Built from pine boards available from you local home store, this outdoor bench can be built with only a jigsaw and screw gun. A simply coat of paint to match your decor and you’ll be sitting pretty! This project is one of many from ‘Backyard Projects for Today’s Homestead‘. Click here to download your...

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I Can Do That: Lap Desk

Portable productivity with a nod to steampunk style. By Mag Ruffman The glorious thing about being self-sufficient is that you can usually figure out ways to create what you need. My latest need arose after a bad case of Burning Thighs Syndrome, a malady caused by sitting on the couch typing on a laptop computer. With my...

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I Can Do That: Stacking Bookcases

Make Boxes to fit your books – and your space By Robert W. Lang Pages 22-23 From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue now The typical bookcase is a good example of poor design. We make them that way because that’s the way we’ve always made them; almost every plan you see is 12" deep, yet...

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I Can Do That: Tool Rack

Swiped from a French engraving, this rack works in your shop or even in your kitchen. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 26-27 From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue now It’s good to keep your tools protected (think: tool chest). But it’s also good to keep them handy (think: at arm’s reach). My favorite way to accomplish...

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I Can Do That: Victorian Side Table

Pattern routing makes quick and easy work of these urn-shaped sides. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 30-31 From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue now While vacuuming a few weeks back, I was thinking about what to build for this issue’s “I Can Do That” project when it hit me … actually, when I...

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I Can Do That: Pirate Chest

Masonry nails and two XXL leather belts impart the ‘arghh!’ in this build. By Megan Fitzpatrick Page: 24-25 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now Don’t let the curved top of this “pirate chest” scare you. It’s a lot less tricky than it may appear – and it’s excellent practice with your block plane. In Our...