Toy-making was a special occupation of the the School's former kindergarten program in its earliest decades. The training offered young, mostly poor children not only brand new toys but also a set of usable skills. Today, with support from Thos. Moser, NBSS reflects on this legacy with a limited edition of 10 "Little Folks" Rockers lovingly handmade by School artisans. These charming collectors' items will benefit the Toys for Tots program, bringing joy and new toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.
But until then, I’ve been thinking of other ways to use my hands and create things.  (Even though many of our saws and tools have been stolen.) But I’m feeling a little antsy to make some quick projects, because creating makes me extremely happy…..so we’re calling this surge in me to create something simple, THERAPY.  In fact, I need to call up a few friends and have them make some with me because friends and creating is a favorite combo of mine!  (Any out of town-ers want to fly in?! ;) )
When it comes to DIY, the whole point is to recycle, reuse, and reduce, but sometimes that does come at a cost. Have you ever started a DIY project, only to realize you need about a dozen things from the store and in the end it would have just been less expensive to buy the piece brand new? Or maybe you’ve done a DIY project that you found online, but it just didn’t turn out quite how you expected. The great thing about these 20 projects is that they can be done for little to no cost! Here are 20 free DIY projects that have all been done with the free color swatches that you can pick up at your local paint store!

This class is open to woodworkers who would like to broaden their approach to furniture making. What do we mean by this? We think it means you are a person who has decided to commit to learning furniture making; is yearning to develop a finer sense of design; has already acquired some woodworking skills and has a strong sense of the limitations of your own knowledge and skills.


3.Rearrange the bookshelf. Reorganizing the bookshelf will easily make an entire room look more styled and polished, and you don't even have to get rid of anything. One tip is to arrange your books so they look like a smooth landscape of rolling hills. Put the tallest in the middle and fan out to the smallest or create multiple peaks (as long as the books flow together) or lay a few books on their side and stack them like a pyramid. For seven more tips to a visually organized bookshelf, click here.
Small class sizes — We’re NOT the largest woodworking school in the USA–and that is a big advantage for you! You’ll received plenty of personalized attention and instruction because we only accept nine people in our Woodworking Essentials Classes. Many of our advanced woodworking courses are limited to just six people. Additionally, we have some of the most motivated and best woodworkers in the USA here –which makes the class composition fun as well as inspirational!
The Nine-month Comprehensive is designed for aspiring professional furniture makers and dedicated amateurs who seek in-depth training at the highest standard of excellence. The hands-on, project-oriented format includes the full range of furniture making skills. Sequential projects take students from the fundamentals through the fine points of design and craftsmanship.
We’ve already done rope, and now we’re on to another rustic material we love: wood! It’s as basic of a material as clay and is constantly reinvented by DIYers, crafters, artists, hackers, and carpenters. To get inspired to create our own batch of cool wooden objects, we turned to our favorite fellow makers to see what projects they’ve come up with. Scroll down for our top DIY wood project picks.
Need a place to store those beautiful flowers from a loved one or personal garden, but not a big fan of the giant, antique vase? I strongly recommend making a bottle vase holder! These easy to design, easy to make bottle vase holders are the perfect starter project for anyone new to the world of woodworking and looking for a project to help get them off the ground.
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This class is open to woodworkers who would like to broaden their approach to furniture making. What do we mean by this? We think it means you are a person who has decided to commit to learning furniture making; is yearning to develop a finer sense of design; has already acquired some woodworking skills and has a strong sense of the limitations of your own knowledge and skills.
Toy-making was a special occupation of the the School's former kindergarten program in its earliest decades. The training offered young, mostly poor children not only brand new toys but also a set of usable skills. Today, with support from Thos. Moser, NBSS reflects on this legacy with a limited edition of 10 "Little Folks" Rockers lovingly handmade by School artisans. These charming collectors' items will benefit the Toys for Tots program, bringing joy and new toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.
Relax and enjoy your outdoor space with this smart patio combo consisting of a sofa and chair. You can adjust the size completely to make it fit perfectly onto your patio or deck, and both the sofa and chair have arms that double as trays for al fresco dining. And you can make your own cushions to fit, or use shop-bought ones and add your own ties, if necessary.
Hand Tool Selection & Use:  In these classes we explore various hand tools such as chisels, hand planes, handsaws, etc. and train students how to use them safely and maintain them well. We go over various characteristics of different tools and make recommendations based on experience.  Students will learn how to select the perfect tool for the perfect result.
Let’s take it up a notch and start building something more serious. This project may take more than just a few hours to complete, but the final item would be worth it as you can see in the image. It is a beautiful entryway table with drawers made entirely from scrap pallet wood. You can make one yourself by following the instructions from the picture.
Thinking my orders were now correct, I went to install the slides, and found you had sent me an odd number of Left/Right Blum drawer clips (they are sold in pairs. I ordered pairs. You sent me 5 right and 3 left). I emailed Teresa, personally, and guess what? No reply. So I called, and someone told me Teresa had quit. This new person apologized and said she'd send me a Left clip the same day.
Relax and enjoy your outdoor space with this smart patio combo consisting of a sofa and chair. You can adjust the size completely to make it fit perfectly onto your patio or deck, and both the sofa and chair have arms that double as trays for al fresco dining. And you can make your own cushions to fit, or use shop-bought ones and add your own ties, if necessary.
How often do you go to close a cabinet door or drawer and it slams shut, making a seriously loud noise and throwing the contents of the cabinet or drawer all about? If you're like the millions of people without soft-close hinges, then it probably happens more often than you'd like it to. Not to mention, the hip-bump technique to close a cabinet drawer usually results in a loud bang and that's like your go-to move. Luckily for you and everyone else who hates it when their cabinets slam shut, it's relatively easy to install soft-close hinges or dampers. But before you decide yes or no, take a minute to look over the benefits of installing some soft-close hardware for cabinets.
Our Professional Training series targets students who feel a powerfully deep calling from within – one which compels them to seek out immersive opportunities that will transform them into skilled woodworking artists who become known for creating unique, divinely beautiful, wonderfully functional fine furniture.  Learn more about our Professional Training Courses here.

Yes Seriously! You can build an easy bed frame yourself without any other’s help. As everyone knows the starting point of any bedroom is a gorgeous bed. However, you also need something that lets you enjoy peaceful slumber in comfort and warmth, but since the bed took as the focal point of the room, you may need something that looks really good too.


Carving a Fan for Your Next Piece of Furniture The Carved Fan in Furniture Carvings found on 18th furniture are sometimes an ostentatious display of vines and leaves which cover nearly every exposed surface of the chair or chest to which they’re applied. I’ve always had a greater appreciation for minimal amounts of carving that accentuate a furniture […]

Designing and building furniture is no easy task. A furniture design career, although difficult at times, can be a very rewarding and lucrative career for some people. In order to get started in this type of career, however, a person should have heaps of special knowledge, talent, and skill. These particular skills can often be acquired by attending furniture design schools.

This time I surprised one of my favorite dice games and took it outside. I made a set of wooden dice in just a few hours, and instead of sitting in the room and doing nothing, we are taking our dice game out into the yard. With this set of wooden dice, dice games are becoming our favorite backyard game. Check out the step by step tutorial below so you can make your own.
The Lead Instructor for the course is Aled Lewis. You can see Fine Woodworking's video about Aled here. For each project, Aled is joined by a co-teacher who specializes in the relevant skills. The following list is subject to change. Most of the instructors have websites which you can visit for more extensive views of their work. See the list of instructors here. 

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Homeowners in San Francisco spend the most money on kitchen remodels out of the top 20 metro areas in the United States, averaging nearly $70,000 for a large kitchen. One of the most common design requests in newly remodeled or built kitchens is the installation of soft-closing hinges for cabinets and drawers. Hinges may seem like a minuscule detail in the grand scheme of kitchen design, but soft-closing hinges can make a big difference in the comfort and utility of your home.
Making over plain cotton upholstery fabric requires nothing more than a household disinfectant and water. Working outside, and wearing protective eyewear and gloves, lay the desired yardage for your project flat on a sheet of plastic. In a measuring cup, mix together ½ cup bleach and ½ cup water. Use a plastic spoon to drib-ble the liquid all over the fabric. When you're satisfied with the pattern, let dry, then run the fabric through a regular cycle in your washer and dryer. Take it to a local upholsterer (we sent ours to tapemeasure
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