From making your own picture frames to constructing your own furniture, woodwork is one area where many DIY’ers cut their teeth and where many skilled professionals make an honest living. Whether you’re wet behind the ears or a seasoned expert at the craft, here’s a roundup of handy new woodworking tools to consider for your next equipment purchase. PocketJig200 The […]
If you bought this superb polished table in a store, it would cost you a fortune, but our detailed instructions will help you make one for less than $100. And it looks like highly polished stone, but no-one would know it’s actually made from concrete with a wooden base. Also, you can embellish the top with leaf prints, like the table shown here, or personalize it with glass or mosaic tiles or imprints of seashells.
Build this handy stool in one hour and park it in your closet. You can also use it as a step to reach the high shelf. All you need is a 4 x 4-ft. sheet of 3/4-in. plywood, wood glue and a handful of 8d finish nails. Cut the plywood pieces according to the illustration. Spread wood glue on the joints, then nail them together with 8d finish nails. First nail through the sides into the back. Then nail through the top into the sides and back. Finally, mark the location of the two shelves and nail through the sides into the shelves. Don’t have floor space to spare? Build these super simple wall-mounted shoe organizers instead!
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Cabinets with heavy duty hidden hinges are nearly universal, with most home improvement stores putting these useful pieces of hardware at the center of their hinge options. These invisible hinges can be used in the 10.2 million kitchens or 14.2 million bathrooms that are remodeled annually, as they work on any cabinet door. While the main benefit of concealed hinges is to create a sleek, streamlined look for your cabinetry, there are several practical benefits as well.
We offer great projects — Our projects are beautifully-proportioned, attractive designs that you’re sure to be proud of as you create heirloom furniture. In fact, many people say that we offer some of the best woodworking projects in the USA! Lonnie personally custom-designs each furniture project to combine classic good looks with time-tested mortise-and-tenon and dovetail joints. These joints are considered the hallmark of fine craftsmanship. Lonnie also designs each woodworking project to maximize your learning experience so that you take new home techniques and skills.
Put your dusty encyclopedias to good use with this side table. To assemble, cut trim to form a box frame that fits snugly around one book, nail frame to the tabletop’s underside, and paint the top. Drill a hole the size of dowel through each book’s center add glue dowel to the center of the table's underside. Stack encyclopedias, lining up holes, and twisting (as shown). Skewer the dowel through the holes to attach the tabletop
We cut the supports 16 in. long, but you can place the second shelf at whatever height you like. Screw the end supports to the walls at each end. Use drywall anchors if you can’t hit a stud. Then mark the position of the middle supports onto the top and bottom shelves with a square and drill 5/32-in. clearance holes through the shelves. Drive 1-5/8-in. screws through the shelf into the supports. You can apply this same concept to garage storage. See how to build double-decker garage storage shelves here.
Auditing: MSF has an auditing policy that allows for students who have successfully completed a training level (Basic, Intermediate, Master-Level) to enroll again in the same level in order to deepen their mastery. Auditing is available on a space available basis for 50% of the standard tuition. Auditing students do not receive a second Certificate of Accomplishment. Please note that auditing (for a reduced fee) is not available for individual Project & Skills Workshops that are not also part of the professional training (see Concurrent Classes).
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.
TechShop is a playground for creativity. Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hacker-space and part learning center, TechShop provides access to over $1 million worth of professional equipment and software. We offer comprehensive instruction and expert staff to ensure you have a safe, meaningful and rewarding experience. Most importantly, at TechShop you can explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment.
This course is focused on developing the skills that will allow you to start to find your voice as a furniture designer / maker. Design will be the consistent thread through the numerous projects of this class. We will take a hybrid approach to furniture making by blending traditional hand tool techniques with pragmatic use of woodworking machines.
Prerequisites: Each level (Basic, Intermediate, and Master-Level) is a prerequisite for the next. However, students entering our Professional Training series can submit to a Skills Assessment by one of MSF’s instructors to determine if they may enter into the program and receive more advanced instruction without first satisfying previous training requirements.