I Can Do That

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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: Stacking Bookcases

Make Boxes to fit your books – and your spaceBy Robert W. Lang Pages 22-23From the June 2011 issue #190 Buy this issue nowThe 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: 26-27From the April 2011 issue #189 Buy this issue nowIt’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: 30-31From the December 2010 issue # 187 Buy this issue nowWhile 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: 24-25From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue nowDon’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...