I Can Do That

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EPISODE 21: Portable Workbench (Part 2)

Part two of the Portable Workbench adds the zing to the project. Chad adds both a front and tail vise (using pipe clamps!), a storage drawer and a small parts till that doubles as a work surface extension. All this in one small, portable project.
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Episode 20 I Can Do That: Portable Workbench (Part 1)

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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: 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...


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...

I Can Do That: Free Contemporary Shelves Project

Our “I Can Do That” project for the November issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is this set of Contemporary Shelves. The material for this project, like all of our I Can Do That projects came from the local home center. For this project, I bypassed the pricey project wood at the front of the...