The first tenet of “I Can Do That” is that all projects we build for it must be doable with the modest (but decent) set of beginner tools we’ve identified, and for which we’ve provided instruction in the free “manual” (that can be dowloaded for free on the “I Can Do That” page). Sure, we add to that set from time to time when we discover we’ve neglected a critical tool, but when we do, the manual gets updated.
The second tenet is that all the projects must be able to be accomplished by a novice woodworker in less than two days of shop time (and typically, even a rank beginner can do it in less).
The third and final tenet is that all “I Can Do That” projects must be made entirely from wood and supplies that can bought at a home center, such as Lowe’s, Home Depot or Menard’s. That’s why just about every project in the column is made from dimensional pine, “white wood” (whatever that is), poplar or red oak.