In the March/April issue of Woodworker's Journal, you'll find projects like a Track Saw Jig to optimize your shop and a new take on the Adirondack chair for spring, with two of them built at barstool height. Learn all about the lathe, including what you should look for if you're buying one, or put your woodturning skills to use by turning a Bird's Mouth Bowl. Take a new approach to finishing with decorative pattern rollers, make loose tenons mimic the look of wedged joinery, or circle in on a Wall Shelf inspired by the rippling patterns of water. Tall Outdoor Chair Set: In this upscaled update of an Adirondack, the classic outdoor chair is reimagined in a barstool height, with connecting tables to complete the set. Track Saw Jig: If a track saw is your go-to tool for ripping and crosscutting, you'll increase its efficiency even more with a jig that allows for repeatable precision - no more resetting the angle with every cut. Tool Tutorial: Learn all about the lathe - what it can do, what you need to look for, how to set it up, and more - from woodturning expert Ernie Conover. Finishing Thoughts: Pattern rollers and peelable coatings add to decorative finishing options for projects made with raw or painted wood. Decorative Wedged Tenon Bench: Create the look of wedged mortise-and-tenons with a plunge router and a shop-made jig. We give you instructions as well as a sturdy little bench that features the decorative loose tenons masquerading as their classic wedged cousins. Rippling Water Wall Shelf: The ripple effect is at work in this Weekend Project, both in the concentric circle details (created with a circle-cutting jig) and in the skills you'll develop (cutting glass, for one) for use with future projects.
This CD includes every project, technique and tool review published in Woodworker's Journal throughout 2017, including a stunning Porch Swing, Full-size and Mini Workbenches and gifts for the whole family (including the furry ones)! We also have plans to make an intricately woven Picnic Basket, instructions on creating your own small scale Hanging Herb Garden and even a guide on setting up your own Kiln. Plus, every issue includes tips and tricks to increase your woodturning and finishing skills. The year's issues are compiled into six individual PDFs that are easy to read, search and print, a perfect addition to any digital woodworking library.
Start your new year off right - in your shop. In the January/February issue of Woodworker's Journal, you'll find a mixture of classic projects - from a Coatrack to a 5-Drawer Tool Chest - and modern trends, like a Tripod Floor Lamp and an updated take on the iconic Rocking Chair. Bring out the natural beauty of your wood by learning to turn natural edge bowls, expand your tool knowledge with an overview of the scroll saw and sharpen your woodworking skills with a lesson on resawing on the band saw. Modern Rocking Chair: This updated take on an American classic uses wooden dowels to support and separate the seat from the side assemblies. Tripod Floor Lamp: A trendy three-legged lamp that's easy to make with handheld tools, home center lumber, and a gang sanding technique. Tool Tutorial: Our tool experts introduce you to the basics and beyond of woodworking tools. First up: scroll saw expert Carole Rothman highlights how this tool can do way more than you ever thought it could. Woodturning: Bowls turned with a natural edge highlight the tree's bark and other natural, organic features. 5-Drawer Tool Chest Till: Author Ernie Conover designed this partitioned box to protect his carving chisels, but you could find many uses for the small storage container featuring interior drawer dividers and a dadoed carcass. Classic Coatrack: The reverse inlay technique featured in this practical household addition might trick your eye into thinking the thin, light strips are inlaid into the darker walnut, but our easy instructions mean it won't be a trick to achieve.
Whether you're a scroll saw beginner or a seasoned expert, the 20 projects on this CD-ROM will put your skills to work, and throw you enough curveballs to keep things interesting. Expert blade navigator Carole Rothman will walk you through the best techniques, with plenty of tricks to get things right. An overview article provides a primer on fundamental techniques, followed by in-depth articles from Woodworker's Journal for each individual project. Full-color photographs, detailed drawings and clear explanations ensure success at every turn. Projects include a compound cut flower box, scroll saw nameplate, decorative shelf, cherry jewelry box, seascape clock, marquetry project, scroll saw blade caddy and much more.
It's the time of year when there's an outpouring of generosity from woodworkers' shops - and why not, when great gifts are such fun to make? In the November/December issue of Woodworker's Journal, you'll find the project plans and know-how to create some snazzy-looking Cutting Boards, a woodturned Kitchen Canister, a picture-frame inspired jewelry storage option, and even some bigger items like a Bookcase or Music Stand. Put your CNC to use creating some gift projects (traditional drawings also available), spread out your holiday baking on a retro-styled Folding Table, and find out the newest options in aerosol finishing as you get out the spray cans for the finishing touches. Wooden Music Stand: Sandor Nagyszalanczy's gracefully curved stand boasts an optional hanger for a guitar (or other instrument), an adjustable music holder and sawn and steambent legs. Techniques: Marlen Kemmet creates artful cutting boards from glued-up laminates. Woodturning: Ernie Conover teaches you how to create a spindle-turned hollow form canister - no fancy specialty tools needed. Red Oak Bookcase: With standard home center lumber and just a few power tools, you can create a handsome bookcase with an Arts & Crafts-inspired style. Circular Jewelry Frame: Put those pretty scraps of wood to good use with this gift project. Chris Marshall shows you options for cutting your circle on either a router or a band saw, plus includes details on his angle-cutting jig for making miters. High-Tech Gifts: Looking for options for quick gifts? Here's a roundup of easy-to-make ideas, complete with CNC files - or, for those of you who are still "old-school," downloadable drawings. "Retro" Folding Table: Be prepared for parties, puzzles and more with Kimberly McNeelan's card table kicked up a notch.
Looking to make a storage space for your keepsakes or a great, simple gift? This plan collection features some of our favorite easy-to-make boxes, which will make storage look beautiful in any home. You will get plans for a rustic Prairie Style Box, an eye-catching Mitered Jewelry Box and a clever Dovetailed Puzzle Box.
From showstoppers to practical solutions, you'll find it in the September/October issue of Woodworkers Journal. Make an impact with a Slab Top Dining Table featuring the most spectacular piece of wood you can find (we'll tell you how to deal with all those little "imperfections"), or craft a stunning Sideboard. Set up a snack station in your shop with our kitchenette Cabinet, and feed the furry family members, too, with a Dog Food Station just for them. Plus: applying flat finishes, updates in battery technology, a jig for making mortises, and more. Mid-Century Inspired Sideboard: With an ash exterior and walnut accents, plus interior, this contemporary styled sideboard uses straightforward joinery (mortise-and-tenons, dadoes, grooves and rabbets) to create a stunning storage piece. Slab Top Dining Table: Showcase a beautiful piece of lumber as the topper for this table - we walk you through the options for dealing with the special challenges presented when working with this cut of wood. Workshop "Kitchen" Cabinet: It's no secret that snacking takes place in the shop from time to time. This practical addition gives you a "kitchenette" for a shop (or dorm room), using practical laminate plywood (aka "cabinet liner"). Dog Food Station: Feed Fido in style with this two-part dog food station: a storage box with a hinged lid provides a place for your dog food and accessories, while a dog dish holder elevates the food and water bowls for easier access. Today's Shop: Today's tool batteries give a high-voltage performance. Features include longer runtimes, cool running, brushless motors and more. Woodturning: No four-jaw chuck? No problem! Learn to turn a bowl with your lathe's faceplate plus some glue blocks.
The key to every good woodworking shop is a great workbench. This plan collection features three of the best workbench plans from the pages of Woodworker's Journal: Arts & Crafts, European and Heavy Duty pieces that are sure to please. All three plans feature tips and tricks from master woodworkers which will help you make this shop centerpiece your own.
If you're looking for projects that you can start and finish in one weekend, this plan collection is for you. This set contains three quick and easy projects perfect for woodworkers of any skill level that you will enjoy for years to come including a Bookcase, an End Table and a Step Stool.
Bring two favorite pastimes together with Woodworker's Journal's Kitchen Essentials plan collection. This set includes plans to create a pair of Toasty Tongs, a Banana Hanger, a set of Pasta Pair utensils and Pizza Cutter Blocks. These four favorite plans are attractive and easy to make as gifts or for your own home.
Find projects for your home, your shop and your summer excursions in the July/August issue of Woodworker's Journal. A Prairie Style Box and an Odds and Ends Cabinet can both fulfill a variety of functions, while our Picnic Basket - with wheels! - is ready to hit the road. A Portable Mini Workbench can follow you outside, too. Our regular columnists give you even more info, with Michael Dresdner introducing you to techniques for six different texturized finishes, and woodturner Ernie Conover helping you create a precise measuring spoon with both spindle and faceplate turning. Picnic Basket: Pack up the picnic basket for a summertime outing! This version is traditional with a twist: author Sandor Nagyszalanczy achieves the woven wood look without the need for steam bending, and adds wheels and a pull-out handle for easier transport of all your outdoor eating supplies. Jigs & Fixtures: A Portable Mini Workbench provides a work surface for small spaces or easily transports outside. Laura Kampf shows you how to build this handy helper. Prairie Style Box: Equally at home holding jewelry or other trinkets, this architecturally styled box has beveled edges on the lid, lift and legs. Surfboard Coffee Table: The elliptical top of this Mid-Century style accent resembles a surfboard. Learn to work with mixed materials - an aluminum base supports the wooden tabletop - while creating this beachy accent for your home. Odds and Ends Cabinet: Screws, other small fasteners … all sorts of odds and ends. You know you have them, and they're taking up space in your shop. This cabinet provides you with a place to put them - and introduces you to a blade that provides a new way to make interlocking miter joints. Today's Shop: Need to make a bevy of box joints? Chris Marshall gives you an up-close and personal look at the purchase options out there for manufactured box joint jigs.
Build this matching side table and foot stool for your Adirondack chair, and you'll have a place to set down some snacks and kick up your feet when the work is done. The foot stool features the same classic slatted appearance and rounded form that makes the Adirondack style so comfortable. The side table matches the arm rest height of most chairs and benches, so you can easily move drinks from table to arm rest without spilling. Plans include step-by-step instructions to walk you through the entire construction process.
With the help of this book, you'll learn to turn that salvaged pallet wood into useful, attractive furniture and decorative items. Craftsman Chris Gleason combines solid woodworking know-how with hip design sensibility to reveal the astonishing potential of the common skid. Some of the projects celebrate the rustic character of the source material, while others refine the wood like fine furniture. Both indoor and outdoor projects can be found, including a birdhouse, toolbox, and even a ukulele.
Whittling is a simple art form that can done nearly anywhere, and with a minimum of tools and materials. This handbook shows you how to get started for very little cost. You'll learn all the fundamental techniques to get the most from this simple, yet pleasurable pastime. Full-color photographs show each step in the process of making a wide variety of items, progressing from simple to more intricate. All you need is a knife, a stick of wood and some stick-to-itiveness. The first seven chapters provide an outline of the tools and materials, followed by easy-to-understand instructions for 20 fun projects, including forks, whistles, spoons, back scratchers, perching birds and dog head stick handles.
Carving and Painting Noah's Ark, by Betty Padden, walks you through the process of creating your own charming, three-dimensional representation of Noah's Ark, complete with Mr. & Mrs. Noah, 20 animals, and some fun accessories. Whether used as a delightful children's toy or a piece of art on the mantel, it will surely be handed down for many generations. Betty Padden reveals her professional tips, including easy, layered techniques for transforming a complex project into smaller, simpler carvings. A bonus pullout pattern pack is provided with full-size patterns for the Ark, animals, characters, and some fun accessories. Enjoy step-by-step instructions, paint guides, easy paint blending techniques, and plenty of color photos.
With this book and a well-chosen, well-maintained set of planes, you will learn to smooth, true and level any wood surface. Author and woodworking instructor Scott Wynn teaches you to choose, set up, maintain, and master the basic variations of the hand plane. You'll learn to discern the differences between each style of plane, how to choose one that's best for your approach to woodworking, and how to set up and maintain different types. Getting Started with Handplanes is loaded with rich diagrams, illustrations, practical advice, and skill-building exercises.
All you need is a knife, a stick, and this book to get started in the fun art of whittling. Twelve leading woodcarvers present 24 easy whittling projects, each of which can be accomplished in just a weekend. Complete step-by-step instructions, how-to photographs, ready-to-carve patterns, and helpful tips are included. Build confidence with solid instruction on basic projects, like a simple flying propeller or a 5-minute owl. After that, move on to a musical frog or a slingshot. You'll learn to break down complex designs into easy steps so you can accomplish almost anything.
Learn the fast and simple way to whittle in this fun introduction to woodcarving. Whittling can be done just about anywhere, without fancy equipment, and without even a great deal of spare time. Author Tom Hindes demonstrates his easy-to-learn, quick-cut method for whittling expressive caricature figures in 20 minutes or less. With the help of his friendly instructions and step-by-step photos, you'll learn to carve an endless array of charming wizards, gnomes, gargoyles, ornaments, dogs and leprechauns, all of which make wonderful gifts and toys.
Explore the creative art of caricature carving with this fun, useful guide. Patterns are provided for various branches of the military, from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWI, and WWII, to the present day. Award-winning carving instructor Floyd Rhadigan walks you step-by-step through the process of carving and painting these memorable and amusing service personnel. He reveals his distinctive carving techniques, and shows you the basics of wood selection, tools, and finishing, along with inspiring color photographs of finished projects.
Learn to turn a photograph of a loved one into a realistic woodburning! Pyrography artist Jo Schwartz reveals her techniques for turning photographs into custom portraits of your favorite people. You'll learn how to make a custom woodburning pattern from any picture and transfer it onto wood. You'll also learn smooth shading methods, and how to render the human face with lifelike skin tones and facial features. Easy-to-follow instructions walk you through creating expressive eyes, noses, mouths, ears, skin, and hair. Practice what you have learned with a step-by-step, illustrated project.
Whether for challenge or for pure enjoyment, a growing number of woodworkers are choosing to use hand tools as opposed to power tools. In The Unplugged Woodshop, custom furniture maker and hand tool expert Tom Fidgen shows you how to do the same with a selection of handcrafted projects, including a classic library card catalog converted for use in the kitchen, a medicine chest that doubles as a wine tote, and a gentleman's classic valet that works as a clothing stand. Tom offers plenty of sage advice for using hand tools and keeping them sharp. He also explores glues, finishes, and even shows you how to make your own hand tools.
Whether you're a woodburning beginner or just want to freshen up on the techniques, this booklet is a great guide to the basics. The book will help you explore the materials and tools needed for your woodburning kit, and how to create and control artistic tonal values through the use of temperature, time, textures and layers. A section of step-by-step exercises and seven skill-building projects at the end give you the opportunity to apply what you've learned.
This book is practical guide to pyrography that uses 15 step-by-step projects to build skills in a hands-on fashion. Each project lets the reader build skills in a visual manner, through photographic illustrations and clear, concise captions. A number of brief exercises help beginners with fundamental techniques before moving onto the projects. Each pyrography project can be completed using ready-made materials that are easy to find at your local craft store.
In this book, renowned box maker Doug Stowe walks you through the process of making 10 beautiful, tiny boxes. Small boxes require very little materials, time and only a modest workshop. And sometimes when it comes to elegance, small is better. Stowe provides step-by-step instructions for each project, each of which teaches a new technique that will improve your overall woodworking skills. Projects include an inlaid sliding pocket box, Japanese puzzle box, a box made entirely with hand tools, a finger jointed box with dovetails and many more.