Design Plans

Make A Sofa Table with Floating Top – Free Design Plans

Learn how to make a sofa table or entrance table with a floating top.  I use a 4" x 4" piece of Douglas Fir to make the four legs and a nice piece of straight grained Douglas Fir for the top.  Here's the how to video and design plans for the project....

Make a Job Site Miter Saw Station – Free Design Plans

This simple Miter Saw Station does a great job of supporting the wood and makes for a comfortable work space on the job site. Here's the how to video and design plans for the project: https://youtu.be/WEVVWzszBeQ Click Here to Download the Design Plans as a...

Build a Set of Plywood Chairs – Free Design Plans

Learn how to build a set of chairs using just one sheet of plywood.  I used Garnica's Maple Plywood on this project and it has a really consistent Poplar core and nice Maple faces that make it ideal for furniture projects.   Here's the how-to video and free design...

Make Trim & Molding – Free Design Plans

Building a model for a trim and molding project is a great way to see what the molding will look like before it's installed and understand how everything comes together. Here's the how-to video on making a trim model and some helpful tips at the end of the video caulk...

Wood & Copper Push-Up Bars – Free Design Plans

Here's a fun project using copper fittings and Sapele and White Oak to make a set of push up bars.   I use the Bernzomatic TS8000 torch to solder the copper fittings and and the Excelsior Mini Lathe from Rockler to shape the handlesL  You can download the design plans...

11 Gift Ideas for Woodworkers – Free Design Plans

Here are 11 of my most popular woodworking projects with how-to videos and design plans that are great for Holiday Gift giving or for building anytime https://youtu.be/WeOLMO-ZblY   Click on each project below to get a  PDF of the design plans that you can download...

Kitchen Pantry Cabinets – Free Design Plans

I build a and install a set of kitchen pantry cabinets using Garnica's HDF engineered wood that's prefect for cabinet building and other painted furniture projects. https://youtu.be/p1wzRSZ8PDg Here are the design plans and cut list for the cabinets, face frame and...

Small Cocktail Table – Free Design Plans

The design for this small cube-shaped cocktail table was inspired by the German-American artist Josef Albers who was famous for his use of geometric shapes and patterns and the use of color.   I built the cube with Garnica HDF engineered wood, which is great for...

Mid-Century Modern Cabinet – Free Design Plans

Here's the final project video and the complete design plans for the Mid-Century Modern Cabinet project. Thanks to Brian Benham from Benham Design Concepts for his great work on putting the plans together. https://youtu.be/oI7szrvqKRI Click Here to Download The Design...

Bedside Table – Free Design Plans

Here's a simple woodworking project on building a bed side table or end table. I talk about the basic tools you'll need and show you how to build the project step by step.   Be sure to check out the free design plans for this project below.  Just drag the image to...

Paint Can Storage Cabinet – Free Design Plans

Here’s a how-to video on building a paint can storage cabinet with free design plans.   Also, learn about the new Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower™ Series Inverter Generator which is designed to be more than 60% quieter than standard generators and can deliver 6,500...

Build a TV Lift Cabinet – Free Design Plans

Here's the video along with complete design plans for the the TV Lift Cabinet.  This project features the Whisper Lift II  TV lift mechanism from Touchstone Home Products and it's the most sturdy, quiet and easy to install lift  I've used.  Also, see below for a list...

Serving Tray – Free Design Plans

https://youtu.be/jnSXZiyovfk Here's the material list and design plans for the serving trays I made and painted with colors and a high gloss finish using Plutonium aerosol paints. Click To Download Plans as a PDF Plutonium paints are great to work with,  dry fast and...

Simple Shop Stools – Free Design Plans

Here's a how to video and a material and cut list for making a set of shop stools. This is a pretty simple woodworking project that uses scrap materials from around the shop and the stools are really useful to have around the shop. https://youtu.be/k2vuMLf3tGI Click...

Flower Box Planter – Free Design Plans

Here's the how to video and design plans for the flower box planter.   This flower box planter was inspired from a recent trip to the Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts. It's a great place for woodworkers to visit and here's link to learn more:.  ...

Sofa Table Bookcase – Free Design Plans

This sofa table bookcase is a fun project and is pretty simple to build since it's  basically two plywood boxes.  I built this for a client’s home and we chose Sapele wood for the top and base, which has a ton of character.  We matched the paint color of the cabinet...

Build A Storage Bed – Free Design Plans

Here’s a step by step guide to making a queen-sized storage bed with  drawers.  Download the complete design plans and cut list here and please be sure to check out my sponsors who made this project possible. Click Here for Complete Project Cut List & Design Plans  ...

Wooden Carving Mallet- Free Design Plans

For this project I use the Excelsior Mini Lathe from Rockler to duplicate my Purple Heart carving mallet. I really like the weight and feel of this mallet and it works great.   I used the mallet to cut the dovetails on the walnut end tables I made a few weeks ago....

Build a Modern Bench – Free Design Plans

https://youtu.be/OCfw9NR-7iI Here are the design plans and material list for this bench I designed and built.  The bench is modern with a Japanese influence and the leg and brace design make it incredibly strong. I’m confident that the bench can support several...

Snowboard Storage Rack – Free Design Plans

Learn how to build a simple snowboard storage rack that will hold up to five snowboards.  You'll need only a few pieces of material for this project so it's easy to do and is a great space saver and organizer.  Here's the video and material list and design plan  for...

Make a Piggy Bank – Free Design Plans

Learn how to make a wooden piggy bank which is great gift idea. It's also a great way to practice your woodworking skills and I made my box using dovetails but you can make box joints, butt joints or miter joints.  Here's the video with how-to instructions and the...

Push-Stick for Table Saw – Free Design Plans

This is the push-stick that I've been using for  almost three decades to help guide wood through the table saw . I started using this push-stick while working at the Woodworker back in high school. Check out the video on how to make it and here are some images and the...

Build a Surfboard Rack – Free Design Plans

Learn how to build a simple surfboard rack using 2 x 4's and 1 1/8th" dowels that you can find at your local home store.  Here are the design plans and materials list for this easy to make project. https://youtu.be/Fyx74VGCkac Click Here to Download Plans as a...

Stand Up Planter Box – Free Design Plans

Learn how to build a stand up garden planter box using just a few tools.   The design plans and materials list are shown below. https://youtu.be/0-d8WcogQ70 Click Here to Download the Plans as a...

Simple Corner Desk – Free Design Plans

In this video I build a simple Corner Desk for a flight simulator for my dad's birthday this year.  My dad is a pilot and my brothers and sister chipped in on the flight simulator for his gift. I didn't plan on making a video of this project but I did shoot a little...

Build a Small Scaffold – Design Plans

This is Part 1 of a 3-4 part series on renovating a room.  One of the most important things to think about when starting a home renovation project like this is how to work comfortably. There is a section of the sunroom that has a cathedral ceiling so I'm building a...

Simple Step Stool – Free Design Plans

Here's a simple woodworking project that you can do at home with just a few tools and basic materials. https://youtu.be/lYoDeL6HGPo   Click Here to Download the Design Plans as a PDF...

How to Build a TV Lift Cabinet – Design Plans

Learn how to build a cabinet base and install the TV lift mechanism. Watch how to frame and finish the cabinet base with molding and the tools and woodworking tips you'll need for your project.   This project is sponsored by TVLiftCabinet.com:...

Guitar Hangers with Solid Black Walnut – Free Design Plans

I made these guitar hangers out of black walnut.  It's a pretty simple DIY project easily completed in one weekend. These guitar hangers are designed for my son's Yamaha acoustic guitars but the measurements could easily be adjusted to fit most guitars simply by...

Mirror and Chalkboard Frame – Free Design Plans

Here's the video and design plans to make a wood frame to house an exercise mirror and chalkboard.  The mirror and chalkboard unit will go into the exercise room I'm building for my kids and you'll see the tools and tips needed to do this project yourself....

Make a Custom Ping Pong Paddle & Ball Holder – Design Plans

Here's a video showing you how to make a ping pong paddle and ball holder.  The backing is made of Teak and Holly plywood and it's framed in a Cherry and Sapele wood spine frame.  See below for the cut list and design plans. This piece is available for sale on my...

Small Modern Bookcase – Free Design Plans

I designed a small bookcase for my art books. Many of my books are oversized and do not fit in standard shelves. The height of this cabinet is 12' and the depth is 11 3/4" .  Here's the video and materials list for this project: https://youtu.be/43BpdiyKhmo      ...

Build a Small Outdoor Cabinet w/ Design Plans

Here a video showing the tools, tips and design plans to build this small outdoor storage cabinet and bar.  Plus, there's a link to my online art gallery if interested in purchasing any of my artwork. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2bYVKU2mTQ Here are the design...

How To Build Modern End Tables – Design Plans

Learn to use veneer to build these two modern end tables that were inspired by the American furniture designer Donald Judd.  This video is sponsored by Oakwood Veneer and you can find great products and how-to tips for using veneer on their website and YouTube channel...

How to Build a Pull Up Bar

Learn how to build and install an outdoor pull up bar using some basic materials and poured concrete.  Here's a how-to video and the materials list is attached below that so you can build your own. https://youtu.be/G_b4-32yNX0      

How To Build a Double Sided Chop Saw Cabinet – Part 1

Here's a how to video and design plans for building a double sided chop saw cabinet.  You can print out the design plans and cut list for your project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XY8KMtezxg   Here's the Cabinet Cut List that you can download and...

How To Build a Bedside Table – Mid Century Modern Nightstand

Here's a video showing how to build a bedside table to go along with the bed I made with storage underneath.  This is designed as a Mid Century Modern Nightstand. The design plans and material list are below so you can build along with me.   Click this link to learn...

Build a Top Bar Beehive – Part 2

Here's Part 2 of the Top Bar Beehive build....check out the video and the design plans below.  The roof is attached to the new hive and the project is completed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9gelnChIig...

How to Build a Top Bar Beehive – Free Design Plans

Here's a how to video on building a new top bar beehive using thermally treated poplar. You can also print the complete design plans, and parts list which is posted below to build your own hive. https://youtu.be/6klnaM68XMk Here are the plans and parts list..you can...

Paint by Numbers, a fun way to try painting for beginners.

Painting by numbers is a great way to learn how to paint. It's really fun and you can print out the image here on either regular paper or heavier stock and use it as a guide.  Give it a shot and be sure to send your painting to us or share it on facebook. We use the...

Build a Blanket Chest / Toy Chest – FREE DESIGN PLANS

Here are the free design plans and material list along with with the complete how-to video series for my popular Blanket Chest / Toy Chest project from 2014.  It's really nice to see that so many people have built their version of this project over the years and the...

How to make – build a clothesline

This video shows how to build a clothesline with a material list below.   It's a pretty simple project, and the hardest part is digging the holes for the post....

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