Furniture

Below you’ll find the free furniture plans and expert advice you need to get going on your next endeavor. From outdoor furniture plans, to mission, bedroom, patio, rustic and more – Popular Woodworking has built its name by providing some of the best woodworking projects available anywhere online. Take a peek at the projects and ideas below, and challenge yourself to build something new.

Japanese Garden Bench

Combine five 2x4s, a handful of screws and a long afternoon to build a handsome and sturdy sitting spot for your deck or garden. by Christopher Schwarz & Kara Gebhart Uhl My father always has had a knack for doing more with less. He built the first house on our farm...

Kitchen Worktable

When Josselyn and I moved out here to Covington, I refused to do two things. For one, I wasn’t going to bring some of the beater furniture that had been following us around since college. And two, I didn’t want to buy any cheap furniture when we got here, with the plan of replacing...

Mid-century Modern Bookcase

Simple joinery serves this sophisticated geometric design. by Michael Crow pages 49-52 Mid-century modern design is enjoying a surge in popularity, and rightly so: Its clean lines and functional design make it practical and attractive, two traits evident in this bookcase by an unknown designer. Its stark, geometric design shows modern...

Traditional Secretary

As I watched my daughter grow, I waited patiently for more than a decade to build this secretary. This year both she and I were ready for this ultimate heirloom. by Troy Sexton from the August 2000 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine Back in 1989 a local sawmill owner passed away...

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Contemporary Medicine Cabinet

by Megan Fitzpatrick pages 26-31 From the June 2016 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine A slick technique makes the divided-light door a snap. In 2008, I built a contemporary maple chimney cupboard to hold towels in my bathroom. Eight years on, I decided it was time for a matching medicine cabinet...

Greene & Greene: It’s All in the Details!

I have been designing and building in the Greene & Greene style since 1991. I have made a serious study of their work. One of the things I find truly astonishing is the level and subtlety of detail. I am amazed, after all these years, upon visiting the Gamble House, to...

Designing by Foot, Hand & Eye

Empirical, not Imperial, is the measure of the pre-industrial maker. by Jim Tolpin pages 46-51 August 2010, Issue #184 In this article I’m going to show how I design a simple piece of furniture whilst immersed in the mindset of the pre-industrial, hand-tool artisan. Because I’m not going to use power...

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Off the Grid: Variations on a Mid-Century Modern Bookcase

There’s something very graphical about the design of the Mid-Century Modern Bookcase I built for the October 2015 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Viewed head on, the arrangement of dividers and shelves suggests a grid-based page layout. Although the analogy falls a bit short (the short divider is placed in such...