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Knockdown Bookcase

How to Build a Knockdown Bookcase

A bookcase is an essential item of furniture, and one that virtually anyone with a little know-how can build. Since they're expensive to buy and awkward to move, here's an economical knockdown version that you can tailor to suit your needs ... » read more


Creating Splined-Miter Joints

Creating Splined-Miter Joints

A slight tilt of a saw blade gives your corner splines a whole new look. It doesn't take much work to put a new spin on traditional splined miter joints. Just install the splines at an angle, as we did as shown with this maple-and-walnut letter tray, and you get eye-catching results ... » read more


how to build a dog house

Building a Dog House ... Step by Step

It's tempting to make a really roomy doghouse, but your dog won't appreciate it. During cold months, your dog's body heat keeps him or her warm. If the house is too big, the dog can't generate enough heat to warm it ... » read more



How To: Evenly Stain Wood

How To: Evenly Stain Wood

Even using the same stains and woods doesn't necessarily mean the patterns or even colors will match across different pieces. Build a project from a single board and the finished piece will be visually consistent ... » read more



Treen Turning Tutorial

Treen Turning Tutorial

Treen is a term used to describe any of a number of small, utilitarian items made from wood. Treen, literally means "from a tree" and can cover anything from carved kitchen ware such as spoons and porringers, to turned boxes and bowls ... » read more


Making Box Joints - Building the Box Joint Jig

Making Box Joints / Build the Jig

For reasons of design and proportion, you typically make the individual "fingers" in box joints as wide as the thickness of the workpieces. In this article, we'll make a jig for cutting 1/4" wide fingers in 1/4"-thick stock ... » read more



Building a Basic Workbench Step by Step

Build a Basic Workbench

A good workbench is literally the foundation of good work. What makes a good workbench? First, it should be strong and sturdy. The top should be thick enough to withstand pounding and large enough to handle everything from cabinets to lawn mowers. It should be level and flat ... » read more


How to Strip Paint Off Wood

How to Strip Paint Off Wood

Stripping an old finish from furniture or trim is almost like finding buried treasure. A good stripping job can transform a yard-sale bargain or restore an antique to its original glory. There are two ways to strip wood ... » read more



How To Replace a Toilet

How To Replace a Toilet

A plumbing contractor will charge about $350 to remove an old toilet and replace it with a new one; you can buy a new toilet and materials for about $180. With some plumbing experience, most homeowners can replace a toilet, but it requires heavy lifting ... » read more


Designing and Building a Garden Arbor

Design & Build a Garden Arbor

Few projects are as easy to build or as beautiful to look at as an arbor. Don't overbuild your arbor - whatever you plant to climb the arbor will support itself to a large degree. For the arbor posts, 4 x 4's or 6 x 6's will be more than adequate. By and large, build horizontal crossbeams ... » read more


How to Build a Basic Fence

How to Build a Basic Fence

It's fun to build a fence. You're out in the fresh air, the project goes quickly, and it gives you a chance to gab with your neighbors. Our basic design sets the boards inside the posts, so both sides look equally good, which your neighbors will appreciate especially if the fence is near the property line ... » read more


How to Install a Pet Door

How to Install a Pet Door

Made of plastic or aluminum, pet doors have a waterproof flap and a lockable panel to keep out unwanted visitors. So installing a pet door in an exterior door will give both you and your pet newfound independence. To buy the right-size pet door, get a rough sense ... » read more


how to build a toy box

Building a Toy Box ... Step by Step

You'll make most of the box from 1 x 8 and 1 x 10 boards of pine, fir or other dressed softwood, and its bottom from 3/4" plywood or particleboard. Check that the boards you buy are reasonably flat and free of large, loose knots ... » read more


How to Build a Closet Organizer

How to Build a Closet Organizer

You've cleared out the space, written down all your measurements, and now you're ready to go out and buy that long-overdue closet-organizing system. OK, but prepare yourself for some sticker shock. Depending on the off-the-shelf system you choose, a single closet's worth ... » read more



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