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.


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.

I Can Do That: Lap Desk

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 caused by sitting on the couch typing on a laptop...

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 favorite...

I Can Do That: Pirate Chest

Masonry nails and two XXL leather belts impart the ‘arghh!’ in this build. By Megan Fitzpatrick Page: 24-25 From the February 2011 issue #188 Buy this issue now Don’t let the curved top of this “pirate chest” scare you. It’s a lot less tricky than it may appear – and it’s excellent practice with your...

I Can Do That: Free Contemporary Shelves Project

Our “I Can Do That” project for the November issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is this set of Contemporary Shelves. The material for this project, like all of our I Can Do That projects came from the local home center. For this project, I bypassed the pricey project wood at the...