I Can Do That

Simple Woodworking Projects

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 17: Mantel Clock

There’s always time to build a mantel clock, and the time required is even less when it’s an I Can Do That! project. Using dimensional pine and a battery-powered clock kit from Woodcraft, Chad shows the easy steps to making this mantel clock with pendulum for your home. Customize as you’d like, or build it just as presented.

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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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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...

In the round. The smoother your jigsaw cut, the less sanding.

I Can Do That: Spastic Susan

Make a Sherpa of a dining table centerpiece that goes the distance. By Mag Ruffman The modest Lazy Susan is a staple on circular dining tables. Everyone can reach out and activate its convenient, if sluggish, spinning action in order to self-serve their favorite condiments from a jumble of bottles, shakers and jars. BLOG: Read Mag’s...

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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...