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I Can Do That: Hanging Shelves

Get a period look with big box materials. by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 23-23 From the April 2012 issue, #196 The inspiration for this small hanging set of shelves is a late 18th- to early 19th-century (circa 1775-1825) English dovetailed version in oak with a dark finish. I wanted to replicate the look as much...

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I Can Do That: Gent’s Chest

A simple box for basic household tools. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages: 58-59 From the December 2011 issue #194 Buy this issue now Common in the 19th-century, a “Gentleman’s Tool Chest” typically contained a set of fancy household tools including the first “multi-tools” – a handsome handle into which a variety of tools including gimlets,...

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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. The...

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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...