The May/June issue of Woodworker's Journal has projects that will help you scratch that itch to get outside in the springtime: a quick-to-build Tabletop Fire Pit for your backyard gatherings and a Folding Bike Rack that has your wheels at the ready. Make an adjustment in your shop with the Router Lift Installation instructions, and learn about the shop standby tool with an overview of the table saw. Pick up some green wood drying tricks in Woodturning, and the technique for applying oil and varnish finishes in Finishing Thoughts. Tabletop Fire Pit: Get aglow about the outdoors with this easy-to-build tabletop fire pit, plus expand your woodworking skills to a new material as you route an aluminum plate for the fire pit top. Installing a Router Lift: Rob Robillard, the Concord Carpenter, walks you through a shop installation of Rockler's cool new Pro Lift Router Lift into his his table saw's extension table. Tool Tutorial: For many woodworkers, the table saw is the shop's go-to tool. Learn from tool expert Sandor Nagyszalanczy about what this versatile tool can do, the features you'll find, safety setups and usage tips. Woodturning: Can you speed up the drying time for green wood bowl blanks? Maybe … Woodturning expert Ernie Conover looks at the pros, cons and methodology of three techniques for faster or improved drying time. Delaware Chair: Kerry Pierce's classic post-and-rung chair takes advantage of story sticks and jigs to mark off turned elements and make repetitions - for this chair or others - much easier. Folding Bike Rack: Easy-to-build storage for your two-wheeler keeps it ready to go in the garage or the back of the pickup, and folds down when not in use.
Pre-cut full-size cardboard templates make building this bench as easy as trace, cut and assemble! And perhaps no woodworking project is so immediately rewarding to the tired craftsman as a comfortable, welcoming Adirondack bench. With wide arms to perch drinks on, and contoured seats and backs for two people, this design is perfect for relaxing conversation with a friend. The plan includes step-by-step instructions to walk you through the entire construction process. We've retained the same easy-to-build qualities of the classic Adirondack bench, but designed the frame and armrests for even better durability. Features: Includes full-sized templates for cutting out the more difficult parts Step-by-step instructions make it easy to build Templates can be used again and again for multiple chairs Templates also include markings for pilot holes and through-holes We've made it easy to purchase all the fasteners you need to build one of our Adirondack Benches (#48773, sold separately). Rather than searching through bins at the hardware store or searching for multiple items online, our kit makes it as simple as one click, for one low price. Spend less time shopping and more time woodworking! All fasteners are made of stainless steel for maximum resistance to the elements.
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. We've made it easy to purchase all the fasteners you need to build our Adirondack Side Table and Foot Stool (#52483, sold separately). Rather than searching through bins at the hardware store or searching for multiple items online, our kit makes it as simple as one click, for one low price. Spend less time shopping and more time woodworking! All fasteners are made of stainless steel for maximum resistance to the elements.
Pre-cut full-size cardboard templates make building this chair as easy as trace, cut and assemble! And with plans for a matching side table and footstool included, you'll have a place to set down some snacks and kick up your feet when the work is done. We've retained the same easy-to-build qualities of the classic Adirondack bench, but designed the frame and armrests for even better durability. With wide arms to perch drinks on and contoured seats and backs for two people, it's perfect for relaxing conversation. The plans include step-by-step instructions to walk you through the entire construction process. Features: Chair includes full-sized cardboard templates for cutting out the more difficult parts Step-by-step instructions make it easy to build Templates can be used again and again for multiple chairs Templates also include markings for pilot holes and through-holes We've made it easy to purchase all the fasteners you need to build our Adirondack Chair, Side Table and Foot Stool (sold separately). Rather than searching through bins at the hardware store or searching for multiple items online, our kit makes it as simple as one click, for one low price. Spend less time shopping and more time woodworking! All fasteners are made of stainless steel for maximum resistance to the elements.
Pre-cut full-size cardboard templates make building this chair as easy as trace, cut and assemble! And perhaps no woodworking project is so immediately rewarding to the tired craftsman as a comfortable, welcoming Adirondack chair. With wide arms to perch your drink on, and a contoured seat and back that conforms to your body, this design is the pinnacle of relaxation. The plan includes step-by-step instructions to walk you through the entire construction process. We've retained the same easy-to-build qualities of the classic Adirondack chair, but designed the frame and armrests for even better durability. Features: Includes full-sized cardboard templates for tracing the more difficult parts Templates can be used again and again for multiple chairs Templates also include markings for pilot holes and through-holes We've made it easy to purchase all the fasteners you need to build our Adirondack Chair (#49259, sold separately). Rather than searching through bins at the hardware store or searching for multiple items online, our kit makes it as simple as one click, for one low price. Spend less time shopping and more time woodworking! All fasteners are made of stainless steel for maximum resistance to the elements.
This plan from Wood magazine, along with Rockler's special value lift mechanism and hardware kit, can help you build a beautiful, highly functional sewing center! The detailed plan gives instructions on how to build a sewing cabinet featuring extension tops that fold out in two directions to double your work surface, multiple storage drawers and a special serger compartment. (Sewing Center Hardware Kit and Lift Mechanism sold separately.) Recommended Products to use with Plan (sold separately): #38647 - Sewing Center Hardware Kit: This kit contains necessary hardware to build the Deluxe Sewing Center (wood not included). Includes brass sewing machine hinges, twin ball catches, cherry shaker knobs, table pins, and brass piano hinges. #33100 - Sewing Machine Lift Mechanism: Designed to lift and lower a sewing machine. Mounts to underside of table top and back of cabinet. Release and latch mechanism lock the sewing machine height at different levels which may be adjusted. Mechanism can be adjusted to fit most free arm sewing machines.
Perhaps no woodworking project is so immediately rewarding to the tired craftsman as a comfortable Adirondack chair and a cool drink. With wide arms to perch your glass on, and a contoured seat and back that conforms to your body, the Adirondack design is the pinnacle of relaxation. We've retained the same easy-to-build qualities of the traditional Adirondack, but raised the seat and armrests for use at a bar, and to make it easy to get in and out of. The plan includes pre-cut full-size cardboard templates that make building as easy as trace, cut and assemble. Step-by-step instructions walk you through the entire construction process. Features: Includes full-sized templates for tracing out the more difficult parts Templates can be used again and again for multiple projects Templates also include markings for pilot holes and through-holes NOTE: For the easiest possible build, see our two optional hardware packs below (#53423 and #53614, sold separately). Note that the hardware pack for the chair (#53423) includes all necessary hardware for one chair only. If you intend to build the optional connector table included with the #56771 plan, you will need to build two chairs and purchase two of the #53423 chair hardware packs, PLUS the #53614 hardware pack for the connector table.
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.
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.