I Can Do That! – Simple Woodworking Projects and Instruction

Popular Woodworking’s home for simple woodworking projects and videos. Watch I Can Do That! video series episodes and download ICDT Woodworking Projects from the magazine.


There have been a variety of work surfaces in the I Can Do That shop – from horses and plywood to a much too elaborate bench for someone starting out in woodworking. In this episode (and the next, it’s a two-parter), we’ve finally answered the need. Our I Can Do That workbench is built simply, sturdily and affordable, from plywood and 2x material, with basic but useful storage options, a face vise, and bench dogs. And we even make it mobile!

Get plans for the workbench here: http://bit.ly/ICDT_Workbench_Plans

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Woodworkers love their routers, but they may not be getting as much out of them as possible. In this episode of I Can Do That, Andrew takes routers beyond roundovers, and shows how to cut rabbets, makes a simple jig for accurate grooves and dadoes, and shows a few methods to create arcs and circles with a router. Lot’s of router fun!

Get plans for the grooving jig here: http://bit.ly/Router_GrooveDado_Jig

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In our last episode, we introduced the table saw. This time, we’re covering three more types of cuts that will take your woodworking to the next level. We start by angling the blade. By angling the blade, you’ll be able to make bevels and chamfers that add a lot of dimension to your projects – we show you how to avoid issues in making this cut. Next, we cover the basics of using a dado stack. For cabinets and shelves, the ability to make a dado quickly and safely is a huge advantage. Your projects will be stronger and more stable because of this type of joinery. We use a 6″ Freud dado set available from Woodcraft. http://bit.ly/2jiObVQ

Finally, we dive into how to make a tenon for mortise and tenon joinery. Many would consider mortise and tenon to be the ultimate wood joint. They are incredibly strong and not nearly as complicated as you think! We show you how to make a tenon with just a few cuts. Andrew Zoellner will demonstrate how to make the mortise that we used in this episode in his router episode next time!


Season 4 of I Can Do That kicks off with your new hosts David Lyell and Andrew Zoellner. Together, they’ll introduce you to a new tool in the ICDT shop – a portable table saw. You’ll learn the things you should become familiar with on the saw before you turn it on, as well as essential cross-cutting and ripping techniques. Then, they’ll use the table saw to build the most essential table saw accessory – a crosscut sled.

Get plans for the crosscut sled here: http://bit.ly/ICDT_Table_Saw_Sled_Plans

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Easy Free Woodworking Projects

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Our free I Can Do That! online manual (in PDF format) explains all the tools and shows you how to perform the basic operations in a step-by-step format. You’ll learn to rip with a jigsaw, cross cut with a miter saw and drill straight with the help of our manual.

The I Can Do That Workbench – Part 1

We’ve made it three seasons without building a workbench for I Can Do That. It’s been requested and we’ve wanted to make one for a while but we just hadn’t gotten to it. But now it’s here. It features torsion boxes, unique joinery and home center materials – a perfect recipe...

Table Saw Basics – I Can Do That

Hey! In our last episode of I Can Do That, we introduced the table saw. This time, we’re covering three table saw basics that will take your woodworking to the next level. Subscribe to get notifications of new videos! http://bit.ly/2JMeK0W We start by angling the blade. By angling the blade, you’ll...

Stacking Tool Caddy – Adapt a Project to Make it Yours!

Once in a while I come across a Popular Woodworking inspired project on Reddit. It’s really interesting to see how people use the pages of our magazine to bring an idea to life. The user, bityard, came across Chad Stanton’s build article, Stacking Tool Caddy, from the December 2017 issue, while...

Stacking Tool Caddy

A simple-to-build tote, perfect for tool and supplies transport. by Chad Stanton I designed this stacking tool caddy to hold small parts and a few tools. It’s comprised of three tool trays that stack and interlock together to form a single unit that can be carried wherever needed. Best of all, it...

Contemporary Sofa Table

This slender table maximizes minimal space. by Rodney Wilson My family recently left our sprawling farmhouse for a compact ranch. We left our farmhouse-sized stuff too, and now we need new furniture. This little console table, under 4′ wide and just more than 1′ deep, fits nicely below a wall-mounted TV...

Folding Stool

With two pieces of pine and simple tools, make this easy-to-store seat. by Chad Stanton This simple project made from two pieces of dimensional pine can help solve seating shortages at your next gathering – and it folds neatly away for the next get-together. All you need is a 4′ 1×8,...

Weekend Pot Rack

This simple piece keeps your favorite cooking implements close at hand.  by Megan Fitzpatrick page 58 I like having the pots, pans and cooking utensils I use most often within easy reach of my stove, and this simple pot rack fits the bill (with a shelf on top for lids or what...

I Can Do That: Bookshelf & Wine Rack

This simple modular shelf offers plenty of options for reconfiguration. By Tom Nunlist Pages 58-59 One symptom of my pervasive early 20s restlessness is that I regularly overhaul my apartment, completely rearranging the furniture and décor once a month or so. It’s not so much that I can’t settle on a...

I Can Do That: Shaker Carry Box

Notched and nailed joints add visual interest to this simple project. By Megan Fitzpatrick Pages 50-52 This form is typically called a Shaker silverware tray – but it comes in handy for ferrying all sorts of things hither and yon. I got lucky at the big box store in finding some...