Weekend Projects

AW Extra – Free-Form Wall Shelves

Free-Form Wall Shelves Edited by Dave Munkittrick Here’s a versatile shelf that allows for a creative, one-of-a-kind edge treatment. Hung on the wall without any visible means of support, these shelves are real eye catchers. Choose boards that are at least 1-1/4-in. thick and no more than about 7-in.wide. Wood with...

Sliding Bookrack

Sliding Bookrack Arts & Crafts details add sophistication to a simple project By Seth Keller I’ve always admired the work of Greene & Greene, two architects who designed Arts & Crafts homes and furnishings in the early 20th century. Their detailing is exquisite. I love the softened edges, pegged joinery, square...

AW Extra – Sliding Bookrack

Sliding Bookrack Arts & Crafts details add sophistication to a simple project By Seth Keller I’ve always admired the work of Greene & Greene, two architects who designed Arts & Crafts homes and furnishings in the early 20th century. Their detailing is exquisite. I love the softened edges, pegged joinery, square...

Tile-Topped Outdoor Table

Tile-Topped Outdoor Table This sturdy white-oak table will last a lifetime and won’t blow over in the wind. by Jock and Susan Holmen If you love lounging on your deck and need a solid side table to hold your cool drink and snacks, here’s the solution. We designed this stylish side table to...

AW Extra 4/4/13 – Turning a Green Wood Bowl

Turning a Green Wood Bowl By Alan Lacer Making a functional object directly from raw material in its natural state is incredibly satisfying. Just ask any potter. For woodworkers, green woodturning captures that feeling. You literally start with a log and end up with a beautiful bowl.  If you’ve never turned...

AW Extra 2/21/13 – Keepsake Box

Keepsake Box Build them in bunches and avoid gift shopping this year.  By Mac Wentz As the holidays approach, my thoughts turn to how I can weasel out of gift shopping. And this year I have the perfect scheme: While the malls are jammed with poor saps, I’ll be in my...

Craftsman Frame

Craftsman Frame Pegged half-lap joints are the cabinetmaker's way to build a beautiful frame. By Jock and Susan Holmen Picture frames are pretty easy to make, except when it comes to putting the pieces together. Getting four mitered corners perfectly cut and glued can drive you batty! This frame uses a...

Dovetailed Step Stool

Dovetailed Step Stool Three kinds of dovetails make it extra strong. By Frank Klausz After I finish a large commission, I like to surprise my client during the holidays with a gift—this sturdy kitchen stepping stool. Making one is a pleasure because it’s held together by nothing but dovetails, and I...

AW Extra 4/12/12 – Cube In A Cube

Cube in a Cube By Jock Holmen “I'm a carver. I've always admired whittled curiosities like balls trapped inside a cage, but never wanted to spend the time to make them. I figured there must be some way to make a similar object with a drill press. Kids play with it...