woodworking plans

Pure & Simple Jewelry Box

Pure & Simple Jewelry Box Great-looking wood and brightly-colored felt are a hit with my customers. By Tom Adair   I’m hooked on making jewelry boxes–to sell. I’m retired, so I don’t live on the income, but making dozens of boxes keeps me in the shop, where I like to be.I...

Rollers Ease Plywood Storage

Rollers Ease Plywood Storage Before I installed these rollers, sliding plywood in and out of my storage rack used to wear me out. It also damaged the edges of the sheets. Now plywood sheets glide in and out.I cut the 2-1/2-in.-dia. rollers from 3/4-in. hard maple on my drill press using...

Friday at Brad’s Bench April 25th

Not Exactly At The Bench Browsing my local Woodcraft supply store today. Turns out they're now distributing Shapton sharpening products. If you're not familiar with them, they are the cream of the crop ceramic stones. I was drooling over their glass-backed versions today. I'll be talking more about these, their traditional...

AW Extra 4/24/14 – Improved Crosscut Sled

Improved Crosscut Sled A split fence guarantees accurate cuts By Tom Caspar   Whenever I want to make an accurate square cut, I reach for my crosscut sled. Unlike a miter gauge, its right-angle setting doesn’t need constant tweaking. My cuts are always right on the money. Crosscut sleds have been...

Whittled Peg Rack

Whittled Peg Rack It's just you, your knife, and the wood. By Tim Johnson Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks) when everything went wrong and you wondered why you decided to take up woodworking in the first place? It’s supposed to be fun, right? Well, sometimes it...

Hot Pipe Bending

Hot Pipe Bending Shape wood with a propane torch. By Garrett Glaser Here’s a simple, but effective way to bend thin stock (1/4″ thick or less). The only tools you need are a length of 1-1/2″ galvanized pipe, a propane torch, a jig to hold them both, and a fire extinguisher–just...

Friday at Brad’s Bench April 18th

The Right Boards  I've been planning out a bowfront wall cabinet with coopered doors for a few months. Originally, I was set on making it of walnut or cherry – two of my favorite woods to work with because they're very hand-tool friendly. I took a trip to the local lumberyard,...

Butterfly Inlay

Butterfly Inlay Make a perfect fit with a shop-made template. By Tom Caspar Don’t you just love it when something that looks extremely difficult turns out to be oh-so easy? Making butterfly inlay with a plunge router is a good example. The technique is very easy to learn. All it takes...