Article Index I Can Do That

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I Can Do That: Lap Desk

From the August 2011 issue #191 Buy this issue now 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...

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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...

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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...

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I Can Do That: Whale Tail Shelves

Pocket holes make a seemingly complicated project simple. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 40-41 From the December 2006 issue #159 Buy this issue now These classic shelves are easy to build thanks to the pocket-hole joints that attach the shelves to the sides. While pocket holes aren’t a traditional joint, they allow you to build...

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I Can Do That: Magazine Rack

Two bits of wood and a jigsaw are what you need to make this magazine rack that converts to a bookstand. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 38-39 From the November 2006 issue #158 Buy this issue now Because you’re holding this magazine, chances are you could use a magazine rack by your favorite chair to...

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I Can Do That: Dimensional Lumber Bench

By the door or at the foot of the bed, this simple bench is just right for a small space. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 32-33 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now Don’t make the mistake of thinking you need a lot of tools and machinery to get started in...

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I Can Do That: Egg Crate Shelves

An easy interlocking joint begets great strength and style. By Robert W. Lang Pages: 30-31 From the August 2006 issue #156 Buy this issue now The premise for our new “I Can Do That” column is that you don’t need a lot of tools or experience to make a good-looking, functional project. For these...

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I Can Do That: Minas Tirith Shutters

No joints. Just jigsaw and go. By Christopher Schwarz Pages: 26-27 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now After Hobbit Frodo Baggins destroys the One Ring in Peter Jackson’s epic film “The Return of the King,” there’s an emotional reunion scene when Frodo wakes up in the city of Minas Tirith...

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I Can Do That: Simple Side Chair

A woven seat adds a punch of color to this surprisingly easy project. By Glen D. Huey Pages: 28-31 From the December 2007 issue #166 Buy this issue now After years of building furniture, mostly case pieces, I’ve come to understand that chair building is different. Where most casework involves working with panels and...