Do you have a benchtop power tool in need of a home? How about a grouping of hand tools and accessories begging for a designated storage location? Perhaps one or more of these carts can answer the call. Made either from birch plywood or inexpensive MDF, they offer you three choices: one drawer with cabinet space and shelves, three drawers, or a simple cabinet with shelves. Locking swivel casters let you move the carts where needed, and optional “outrigger” roller stands provide handy infeed and outfeed support for long workpieces.
Whether you’re a hand tool purist, a power tool junkie, or, like most of us, somewhere in between, chances are that you log more hours at your bench than any other workstation in the shop. Because the workbench serves as the cornerstone of a comfortable, efficient workshop, it’s worth investing time to construct one that you’ll use for a lifetime of woodworking.
This Valentine’s Day, give your sweetheart this shelf-top sweet heart. With its mirror finish, this sleek sculpture begs to be touched and surrender a candy treat with every turn of the arrow. Fill the dispenser with Red Hots (also called Cinnamon Imperials) for good results.
This unconventional woodturning lets you expand your repertoire of projects while creating an attractive gift item or functional piece for the home in the Art Deco style. We used tiger maple for the base and upright pieces and ebonized the rims and beads for an eye-catching touch of class. A 6 × 25" piece of kiln-dried 4/4 stock is all you need, while glue and screws hold the bookend assemblies together.
In a market saturated with blade makers, the decision to enter the aftermarket arena, with 69 varieties, was made with a commitment to make the best. Partnering IBC with professional woodworkers, Woodcraft set out to manufacture blades that can be put to use more quickly, take a superior edge, and stay sharp longer than the competition. These blades make all three cuts.
As a nine-year-old, Fred Sotcher built his first shop in a corner of the porch at his parents’ home in Los Angeles, California. As his interest in woodworking and electronics grew, he relocated his operation into the garage. But even with his active imagination, Fred never dreamed where his hobbies would lead him as an adult.
Two simple turnings (the body or house and the top or roof) combine to form a delightful tree trimmer. Try a variety of contrasting woods for different looks, and use a simple brass screw eye to hang the ornament with a hook. This is an ideal assignment for a beginning turner wanting to make a memorable gift for friends and loved ones.
The narrow, tall lines of this cupboard so resembled a chimney that old-timers affectionately referred to it as a chimney cupboard. Originally found in kitchens, the small footprint provided storage in an area of the house where space was limited. However, because of its versatility, this country classic soon found its way out of the kitchen and into other areas of the house. For instance, you might find it useful as a pantry, toiletry cabinet, or linen closet.
Years before shabby chic or the green movement, people enjoyed displaying furniture that showed its age. It’s easy to see why. Scratches, dents, and crackled paint testify to a full life, meaning new pieces can learn a trick or two from antiques. I think crackling—produced when a later coat of paint fails to fully bond with the undercoat—creates the most dramatic distressing technique. It highlights veins of color, initially masked by the new monochromatic topcoat, that tell of times past.
Kitchens demand more from every square inch than any other room. To earn its keep, the furniture in it must serve multiple uses. That’s the inspiration for this table. The drop-leaf table offers space for everything from food preparation to informal meals. In addition, the classic design makes it suitable for other rooms and functions.