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Minas Tirith Shutters

No joints. Just jigsaw and go. 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 [...]

Leaning Shelves

We improve a contemporary design to make it sturdier, a bit curvier and easier to build. Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the August 2005 issue of Popular Woodworking [...]

Build a Hand-Crafted Bookcase [Video]

From the Popular Woodworking premium video archives, Christopher Schwarz shows you how to build a simple pine bookcase using only hand tools. Watch: Preparing Rough Stock Download: Boarded [...]

Easy Knife Block

One piece of wood and a lot of bamboo skewers do the trick to make this simple and fun knife block.

Dovetail Ruler Trick

A throwaway wooden ruler prevents fatal errors when dovetailing. The No. 1 mistake made by first-time dovetailers has nothing to do with sawing or chopping – the obvious choices. Instead, I’ve [...]

Danish Modern Campaign Chest

Built to move (and to last), this piece blends classic proportions and clean lines. When the British Empire began taking over the world in the 18th century, one vexing problem at its tropical [...]

Japanese Sliding-lid Box

This clever and simple piece is great for storing tools, toys or a kimono While picking though a table of vintage Japanese tools for sale I spotted this sliding-lid box under the vendor’s table; [...]

How to Use a Plow Plane

Plow planes are some of the easiest joinery planes to use , once you know a few tricks to getting good results. I struggled with the tools until Don McConnell (now a planemaker at Clark & [...]

Folding Bookstand

It starts out the size of a smartphone and opens to make your reading (or cooking) easier. How-to books, cookbooks and sheet music are inconvenient to use while you’re in the workshop, kitchen or [...]

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