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Sand the Hardwood Pieces - Free Woodworking Plans - Bamboo Wind Chime
With the three pieces of hardwood cut, the next step of these free woodworking plans is to sand the three pieces thoroughly. Use a random orbital sander to smooth the flat sides and the edges of the three pieces to prepare for the next step of this woodworking project.
Rounding the Edges - Free Woodworking Plans to Make a Bamboo Wind Chime
With the three hardwood pieces sanded thoroughly, we'll now turn our attention to rounding over the edges of the pieces. Set up a router in your router table with a 3/8
Free Bamboo Wind Chime Plans - Mark the Cutouts in the Bamboo Tubes - Free Woodworking Plans
With the work on the hardwood pieces complete, we'll now turn our attention to the bamboo tubes. In this step, we'll mark the cuts we'll be making in the next step of these free woodworking plans. Mark the shape to be cut on each of the bamboo tubes as shown in the picture.
Free Woodworking Plans for a Bamboo Wind Chime - Cutting the Fluted Profiles in the Bamboo Tubes
With the profile to be cut marked on the bamboo tubes, we'll cut out the fluted ends in this step of these free woodworking plans. Work slowly, particularly when cutting with the grain on your band saw, as dried bamboo has a tendency to split. Take your time and your efforts will be rewarded.
Free Bamboo Wind Chime Plans - Free Woodworking Plans - Hollowing out the Chimes
With the flutes properly cut and sanded, the next step is to hollow out the nodes in the bamboo. We'll use a one-inch paddle bit and a 12
Free Woodworking Plans - Drilling Holes for the Tube Strings - Free Bamboo Wind Chime Plans
With the bamboo cut and the nodes drilled, the next step of these free woodworking plans is to cut the holes for the tube strings. The angle and distance that you'll need to cut the holes is dependent on the number of tubes, but for this particular woodworking project, we're going to assume five tubes in the bamboo wind chime.
Drill Holes for the Tube Strings - Free Woodworking Plans for a Bamboo Wind Chime
The woodworking will be completed in this step. Measure down about one inch on each side (matching the rip cut in the fluted bottom end) of each bamboo tube and mark a spot for a hole to hold the tube strings. We'll drill the holes in this step and then connect them all together in the next step of these free woodworking plans.
Change Blade on a Table Saw, Miter Saw, Radial Arm Saw
A saw will always cut better with a sharp blade. Learn how to easily change a saw blade on your table saw, compound miter saw or radial arm saw.
Make a Spindle Sander From a Router Table or Drill Press
When you need to sand curved cuts from a jigsaw or a band saw, the best results are likely to come from using an oscillating spindle sander. However, if you don't have a spindle sander, there are other options with other woodworking tools. In this article, learn how to use your router table as a spindle sander.
Avoid Splinters When Routing (Woodworking Ideas)
Splintering is one of the most frustrating problems that can occur from routing specific hardwoods such as oak. Instead of cutting cleanly, the bit might tend to grab and tear, which doesn't leave behind the desired router bit profile. Fortunately, you can follow some tips to help reduce the splinters that can occur when you use your router on heavily-grained hardwoods such as oak.
Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker Plans
Build an Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker, perfect for your deck, patio or front porch. Download the free woodworking plans today!
Attach the Arm Rests to the Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker
The last step in these free woodworking plans is to cut and attach the arm rests and arm rest supports to the frame of the Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker.
Build the Glider Rocker Base - Free Woodworking Plans
To begin building an Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker, start with the base, the only part of this piece of patio furniture to contact the ground.
Attach Spreaders to the Glider Rocker Ends - Free Woodworking Plans
The next step of these free woodworking plans for an Adirondack loveseat glider rocker is to connect the two ends as per the measured drawing.
Attach the Back Spreader to the Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker
With the two seat spreaders attached to the ends of the Adirondack loveseat glider rocker assembly, the next step is to add the back spreader for support.
Attach the Back Slats to the Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker
The next step to these free woodworking plans is to attach the seat back slats to the Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker assembly.
Attach the Seat Slats to the Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker
The next step of these free woodworking plans for an Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker is to attach the seat slats to the chair.
Attach the Loveseat Glider Rocker Arms - Free Woodworking Plans
With the seat assembly completed, the next step of these free plans to build an Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker is to cut and attach the rocker arms.
Attach Additional Back Support to the Loveseat Glider Rocker
The penultimate step of these free woodworking plans for an Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker is to attach additional back support to the seat slats.
Trim the Jointer Jig - Free Woodworking Plans - Table Saw Jointer Jig
The last step to building a table saw jointer jig is to trim the edge of the jig. With the table saw blade beneath the table, position the miter strip into the miter slot and verify that the jointer jig slides smoothly with no play across the table saw. Then, pull the jig back, raise and start the blade, and trim the right-side edge of the table saw jointer jig. The jig is now ready to use.
Adjust the Jointer Jig Clamps - Free Woodworking Plans - Table Saw Jointer Jig
With the clamps attached, the next step in these free woodworking plans for a table saw jointer jig is to adjust the quick-release toggle clamps. The pads of the clamps should securely hold a piece of one-by stock without pressing so hard that it could tear the clamps out of the jig. Adjust the clamps with a couple of open-end wrenches.
Free Woodworking Plans for a Table Saw Jointer Jig - Cut the Miter Strip for the Table Saw Jointer Jig
The table saw jointer jig is nearly complete. The one major remaining step is to add a strip of stock under the jig to ride in the left miter slot of your table saw. Rip a five-foot piece of stock the width and height of your miter slot and it will be attached in an upcoming step of these free woodworking plans.
Attach the Jointer Jig Miter Strip - Free Woodworking Plans for a Table Saw Jointer Jig
The last assembly step in building the table saw jointer jig is to attach the miter strip to the base of the jig. The strip needs to be as straight as possible and parallel to the right-hand side of the jig. This strip will guide the table saw joiner jig (and the piece of stock) through the blade, ensuring a straight workpiece.
Cutting the Jointer Jig Guide Slots - Free Woodworking Plans for a Jointer Jig
The first step to building this table saw jointer jig is to cut a pair of slots in one of the boards using a router in your router table. These slots will allow the jig to adjust to various widths of boards, from about 2-1/2
Drill the Jointer Jig Bolt Holes - Build a Table Saw Jointer Jig With These Free Woodworking Plans
The next step in these table saw jointer jig woodworking plans is to drill the holes in the lower board for the hex bolt. This bolt will go through the slots cut in the upper board in the previous step, which will allow the table saw jointer jig to joint various widths of boards.
Recess the Bolt into the Jointer Jig - Free Woodworking Plans for a Table Saw Jointer Jig
With the bolt holes cut in the lower portion of your table saw jointer jig, mark and chisel out some material to recess the bolt into the base. This bolt head will need to be completely recessed so that it doesn't interfere with the performance of the table saw jointer jig.
Assemble the Jointer Jig - Free Woodworking Plans - Table Saw Jointer Jig
The next step of these table saw jointer jig plans is to assemble the two halves of the jig. Attach the upper half of the jig by slipping the slots over the hex bolts then add a flat washer, a lock washer and a wing nut. This will allow the upper portion of the table saw jointer jig to adjust to various widths of boards.
Free Woodworking Plans for a Table Saw Jointer Jig - Attach the Clamps to the Jointer Jig
With the base of the jointer jig assembled, the next step is to attach the quick-release toggle clamps that will hold the workpiece in place on the jig. These toggle clamps will be attached to the upper portion of the table saw jointer jig with some 3/4
The Basics of Dovetail Drawer Making
In these free woodworking plans, learn the basics of building through-dovetail drawers, one of the most fundamental skills of furniture making.
Attach the False Front to the Box - Free Dovetail Drawer Plans
Once the glue in the joints of the dovetail drawer box has had time to dry, it's time to complete these dovetail drawer plans by sanding & finishing.
Cut the Dovetail Drawer Sides to Length - Free Woodworking Plans
The first step to building a through dovetail drawer is to cut the sides out of the chosen stock to the finished lengths for the sides of the box.
Using a Dovetail Jig to Cut Tails and Pins - Free Woodworking Plans
The next step of these free woodworking plans is to cut the tails and pins for the dovetails using a dovetail jig and a router or by cutting by hand.
Free Woodworking Plans: Cut the Grooves for the Dovetail Drawer Bottom
In this step of these free woodworking plans to make dovetail drawers, cut the groove in each of the four box sections to accommodate the drawer bottom.
Begin the Assembly of the Dovetail Drawers
With the plywood bottom, dovetails and bottom groove cut, begin the assembly of the dovetail drawer by dry-fitting the pieces to ensure a proper fit.
Attach the Dovetail Drawer Pins to the Tails - Free Woodworking Plans
To begin final assembly of these free dovetail drawer plans, apply a thin layer of glue to the tails and tap the pin board into place with a mallet.
Free Dovetail Drawer Plans - Insert the Drawer Bottom
The next step to these free dovetail drawer plans is to insert the drawer bottom. No glue is used to attach the drawer bottom to allow for seasonal movement.
Attach the Fourth Side of the Dovetail Drawer Box
With the drawer bottom slid into the grooves, apply glue to the tails and slide onto the pins to complete the dovetail drawer box.
Clamp the Assembly - Free Woodworking Plans for Dovetail Drawers
With the four sides of the dovetail drawer in place, clamp the tail boards together with some long clamps to hold the unit while the glue dries.
Woodworking Plans to Make a Hardwood Cutting Board
If you need a simple, beginner-level woodworking project, this may be the one for you. In these free woodworking plans, learn how to make a hardwood cutting board with breadboard-ends.
Oil the Board
The last step is to oil your wood. This is actually a maintenance step that you'll need to occasionally employ throughout the life of your fine hardwood cutting board.
Cut the Tongues in the Pieces for Joining
Now that you have the grooves cut, you'll need to cut the corresponding tongues for the tongue-and-groove joints. You'll set your table saw up in a slightly different manner to complete this step in these free woodworking plans.
Cut the End Tongues
After you've dry fitted the three main boards of the cutting board, you'll want to cut the tongues on the ends of boards 1, 2 & 3. You'll use a similar procedure to the previous step to complete this step of these free woodworking plans.
Assemble the Cutting Board
Now that the tongue and groove joints have been cut and dry fit, its time for some assembly. In this step, we'll also allow for some movement of the stock due to seasonal humidity fluctuations.
Affix the Opposite End to the Board
During the assembly process, if any glue seeps out of the joints, immediately clean up the extra glue with a clean, damp cloth. This will prevent any problems later on.
Clamp the Assembly
To ensure that the entire assembly sets up properly, use three woodworking clamps to hold the cutting board together until the glue dries. Measure the opposite corners to ensure that the cutting board is square.
Ease the Edges With a Router
Next, you'll want to ease the edges with a router bit. This will give each of the edges of your cutting board a nice comfortable rounded edge.
The final woodworking step on your cutting board is to sand it thoroughly. Use a palm or random orbit sander with progressively finer grit sandpapers to give you a nice smooth finish.
Build a Wine Rack with Wine Glass Storage - Free Plan
The next step to building this wine rack is to make the wine glass rack slides. Download the free woodworking plans in step one for more details. Page 3.
Build a Wine Rack with Built-in Wine Glass Rack - Dry Fit the Parts
After cutting all of the notches for the wine rack, dry fit the parts together to ensure a quality fit and allow stability for years to come.
Learn How to Build Kitchen Cabinets
Learn how to make all of the various cabinets necessary to outfit your kitchen. Also discover how to create two popular cabinet door styles!
Portable Miter Saw Stand - Free Woodworking Plans
A miter saw can be cumbersome to set up on a job site. Download these free woodworking plans and build a sturdy miter saw stand with stock supports.
Free Bathroom Vanity Cabinet Plans & Tutorial
In these free woodworking plans, walk through building a bathroom vanity cabinet, complete with a deep drawer and storage compartment under the sink.
Woodworking Basics and Power Tool Safety
Learn the basics of woodworking, including how to choose your woodworking materials, how to safely use your power and hand woodworking tools, wood shop design, joinery methods, wood turning, finishing techniques and more. Learn basic and advanced techniques necessary to develop your skill level as a woodworker.
The Ultimate Wood Sawhorse Plans
A strong, sturdy set of wooden sawhorses will be useful for countless tasks in the shop. Follow these free woodworking plans to make a set of your own.
Free Sawhorse Plans - Building the I-Beam
These Ultimate Wood Sawhorses start off with a heavy-duty I-beam construction cut from 2x4 lumber for the top rail of each assembly.
Attach the Sawhorse Legs to the I-Beam
Once the top I-beam rail of each wooden sawhorse has been constructed, the next step is to attach the four angled legs to each I-beam.
Attach the Stringers to the Sawhorse Legs
The Ultimate Wood Sawhorses use a set of stringers to hold the legs in place and add strength, plus they can double as a step or foot-rest.
Attaching the Spreaders to the Sawhorse Legs
Once the side stringers are attached to your set of Ultimate Wood Sawhorses, you'll attach spreaders to keep the legs splayed at the proper angle.
Build the Second Wooden Sawhorse
After your first Ultimate Wood Sawhorse is completed, you'll make a second unit, with slight modifications so that they will stack on top of one another.
Attach the Spreaders to the Second Sawhorse
Both of your Ultimate Wood Sawhorses use stringers and spreaders to support the legs, but the second unit requires a few modifications.
Stacking the Ultimate Wood Sawhorses
Once your set of Ultimate Wooden Sawhorses are finished, you'll want to stack them properly for storage to save space.
Attach the Leg Assembly to the Cornhole Game Board
Finally, attach the leg assembly to the cornhole game board and finish the playing surface. You'll need a pair of bolts with washers and lock nuts.
Cut the Cornhole in the Game Board
Learn how and where to cut the bean bag hole in the playing surface of your cornhole game board. Precision and accuracy of the hole are vital to game play.
Cut the Leg Pieces for Your Cornhole Game Board
The legs of the cornhole game board will fold up under the board, but the bottom of the leg will be flat on the ground when the game is played.
Free Cornhole Game Plans: Drill Holes for the Leg Bolts
The holes for the legs in these cornhole game plans must be drilled precisely for your assembly to be positioned properly for game play.
Cut the Legs for the Cornhole Game Board
The next step to building a cornhole game board is to put together the leg assembly, which entails attaching the cross-brace to the two legs.
Free Cornhole Board Plans
Cornhole is a popular outdoor game that is fun to play. You can build your own game board with these downloadable plans and step-by-step instructions.
Build the Frame for the Cornhole Game Board
The first step in these free woodworking plans to build your own cornhole game board is to build the frame that will support the playing surface.
Attach the Center Brace for the Cornhole Board
After the basic box frame is built, you'll add a center brace across the middle of the box frame in these free cornhole game board plans.
Attach the Cornhole Game Board Playing Surface
Now that the frame of the cornhole game board is completed, the next step is to attach the playing surface to the top of the frame.
Fill Screw Holes on the Cornhole Game Board Playing Surface
Now that you're cornhole game board is beginning to take shape, the next step will be to fill the screw holes to ensure that the playing surface is smooth.
Final Assembly of the Bathroom Sink Cabinet
The final woodworking step in building a bathroom sink cabinet is to attach the doors to the carcase with hinges and add drawer pulls.
Free Bathroom Cabinet Plans: Cut the Side Panels
The next step of the free bathroom cabinet plans is to cut side panels, including a notch for the toe-kick, and cut the two shelves and structural pieces.
Assemble the Bathroom Vanity Cabinet Carcase
Next, cut a rabbet in the sides of the bathroom vanity cabinet carcase for the plywood back, then assemble the entire unit.
Complete the Assembly of the Bathroom Sink Cabinet Carcase
To complete the assembly of the bathroom sink cabinet carcase, insert the top shelf and add structural support for the vanity top.
Completing the Bathroom Sink Cabinet Doors and Drawer Front
With the vanity carcase complete, cut the bathroom sink cabinet doors and attach the drawer front to the dovetail drawer.
Free Cabinetry Plans for a Bathroom Vanity
In this step of these free cabinetry plans for a bathroom vanity, you'll finish the dovetail drawer and make the glue-ups for the doors.
Building the Cabinet Base of the Bathroom Sink Cabinet
While the glue sets up on the bathroom sink cabinet doors and dovetailed drawer, turn your attention to the base to support the entire unit.
Make the Dovetailed Drawer of the Bathroom Cabinet Plans
To begin the woodworking of these bathroom cabinet plans, build the dovetailed drawer first using half-inch plywood as a bottom for strength.
Assemble the Drawer for the Bathroom Sink Cabinet
Once you have successfully cut the dovetails and the groove for the drawer bottom of the bathroom sink cabinet, it's time to begin assembly of the drawer.
Make the Stock Supports - Build a Portable Compound Miter Saw Stand
In the final step of these free woodworking plans for a portable miter saw stand, build a pair of stock supports to hold stock in place for cutting.
Attach the Saw Table to the Portable Miter Saw Stand Supports
With the two table supports complete, attach the saw's table to the two boxes to complete the saw table assembly for the portable miter saw stand.
Begin the Leg Assemblies - Portable Miter Saw Stand Plans
In this step of these free portable miter saw stand plans, begin building the two leg assemblies to secure the saw table and stock supports.
Attaching a Cross Brace to the Portable Miter Saw Stand
Once the legs of the portable miter saw stand have been cut, attach the cross-braces to provide strength to the entire assembly.
Portable Miter Saw Stand Plans: Attach a Stabilizing Brace
To strengthen the leg assemblies of your portable miter saw stand, add a cross-brace to the lower part of the leg assemblies to support the legs.
Free Portable Miter Saw Stand Plans: Position the Legs on the Beam
The next step of these free portable miter saw stand plans is to slide the legs onto the beam and stand the unit up on its legs and test for stability.
Free Woodworking Plans: Portable Miter Saw Stand - Attach the Saw
Once the stand is assembled and stable, attach the compound miter saw to the table of the portable miter saw stand using lag bolts with lock washers.
Build the Miter Saw Stand Table Support Boxes
The first step in these free miter saw stand plans is to build two support boxes for the saw table that will secure the table top and your miter saw.
Attach the Tabletop to the Portable Shop Table
The last step to building this portable shop table is to attach the two piece tabletop, with a 1/2 inch underlayment and a 1/4 inch masonite cover.
Attach the Caster Base Braces to the Stringers
The fifth step in these portable shop table plans is to attach the caster base braces to the stringers of the table.
Attach the Casters to the Table
Once the caster boards and braces are attached to the portable shop table, attach the casters that will give the table mobility.
Connect the Rope Pulls to the Caster Braces
The seventh step to the portable shop table plans is to attach the rope pulls to the caster braces with an eye-hook for easy raising of the casters.
Free Portable Woodworking Table Plans
As a woodworker, I can never have enough table or bench top space in the workshop. These free portable workshop table plans solved that problem.
Free Woodworking Plans - Building the Table Base
The first step in building these free portable shop table plans is to build the base of the table, using simple butt-joint construction.
Attach the Table Legs to the Base
The second step in building the portable shop table featured in these free woodworking plans is to attach the legs to the base of the table.
Attach the Stringers to the Table Legs
The third step in building the portable shop table featured in these free woodworking plans is to attach stringers to the legs of the table for stability.
Attach the Caster Board to the Table
The fourth step to this portable shop table is to attach the caster board to the legs of the table. Each caster board is affixed by two hinges.
Assembling the Raised Panel Cabinet Door - Free Woodworking Plans
The final step to building raised panel cabinet doors using your table saw is to assemble the rails, stiles and raised panel. Dry-fit the parts before gluing.
Cut a Rabbet in the Raised Panel Cabinet Door - Free Woodworking Plans
Before creating the raised panel of the cabinet door, cut a rabbet in the back side of the panel using a table saw with a stacked dado blade.
Cut the Cove of the Raised Panel Cabinet Door - Free Woodworking Plans
The last, and most important step, to building these raised panel cabinet doors is to cut the coves in the face that forms the raised panels.
Finish the Cove in the Cabinet Door Panel - Free Woodworking Plans
With the test cove cuts completed, it's time to cut the coves in the raised panels for your raised panel cabinet doors using your table saw.
Free Woodworking Plans: Cut Raised Panel Cabinet Door Rails & Stiles
While the glue up for the raised panel cabinet door dries, cut two rails and stiles in this step of these free woodworking plans.
Cut the Groove for the Raised Panel Cabinet Door - Free Plans
With the rails and stiles cut to size, the next step to these free raised panel cabinet plans is to cut the grooves that will hold the raised panel.
Raised Panel Cabinet Door Plans - Cut the Tenons
With the grooves cut in the rails and stiles, the next step to building raised panel cabinet doors is to cut the tenons in the ends of the rails.
Glue Up the Panel for Raised Cabinet Doors - Free Woodworking Plans
With the boards for the raised panel prepared, the next step to these free woodworking plans is to glue up the panel to be raised for the door.
Cove Raised Panel Cabinet Door Plans
Download this set of free woodworking plans, and learn how to make raised panel cabinet doors for your kitchen using little more than your table saw.
Prepare the Panel for the Cabinet Door - Free Woodworking Plans
To begin building raised panel kitchen cabinet doors, prepare set of jointed boards glued together and sanded flush for the door panels.
How to Assemble a Completed Box Joint
After cutting all of the box joint finger notches in both boards, dry fit the two boards together to test the fit before applying glue to the mating surfaces.
Adjusting the Table Saw Box Joint Jig
With the spacer block installed, you'll need to adjust the table saw box joint jig to accommodate the width of the fingers and the miter gauge.
How to Make Box Joints with your Table Saw
The table saw box joint jig is now complete. Here are the steps you need to begin cutting box joints using this jig on your table saw.
Adjust the Board on the Box Joint Jig
After the first finger notch is cut with the box joint jig, remove the clamp and reposition the board so that the notch fits over the spacer block.
Cut the Box Joint Fingers in the Corresponding Board
The second board to receive box joint fingers must be offset from the first board, so that the fingers and notches will align perfectly in the final assembly.
Make Perfect Box Joints with a Table Saw Jig
With this table saw jig, perfect box joints are easy to make in any size stock. Follow these free woodworking plans to learn how to make the jig.
Set Up Your Table Saw For the Box Joint Jig
To make box joints on your table saw, you'll need to set up a stacked dado blade set to the desired finger width of the joint.
Attach the Box Joint Jig to the Miter Gauge
In this step of these free woodworking plans, install the board that will be the backer for the box joint jig onto your table saw's miter gauge.
Cut a Marker Notch in the Box Joint Jig
This table saw box joint jig requires a spacer block, for which you'll need to cut marker notch into the backer board in this step.
Attach the Box Joint Jig Spacer Block
After cutting the notch in the backer board of your box joint jig, the next step of these free woodworking plans is to attach the spacer block into the notch.
Assemble the Modular Wine Rack Sections - Free Woodworking Plans
The last building step to these modular wine rack plans is final assembly. Attach the front to each of the sides, notch to notch, then stack the units.
Add the Dowels to the Modular Wine Rack - Free Woodworking Plans
After the paint or polyurethane finish has dried on the modular wine rack, add dowels to help stabilize the modular wine rack after it is assembled.
Add Wine to your Modular Wine Rack - Free Woodworking Plans
With the first modular wine rack section assembled, you can add more racks by placing another set of sides onto the top of the existing unit.
Free Woodworking Plans for a Modular Wine Rack - Back Assembly
The last major step to this modular wine rack is to cut the back of the wine rack just like in the previous step in these free woodworking plans.
Free Woodworking Plans
Free woodworking plans for building fine furniture, toys and games, yard and garden projects, wood shop accessories, cabinets, kitchen accessories and more. Each set of free woodworking plans includes a measured drawing that you can download and print to take to your wood shop and complete the woodworking project.
Joining Boards with Tongue and Groove Joinery
Tongue and groove joinery is much stronger method of joining boards than a butt glue joint. Here is a table saw technique for creating accurate T&Gs.
Trim the Remaining Edges of the Tongue and Groove Joint Assembly
Trim the remaining edges of the tongue and groove joint assembly with a good sanding and apply the finish of your choice.
Joint One Edge for the Tongue and Groove Joinery
The next step to creating tongue and groove joinery is to joint one edge of each of the boards to ensure the edge will be perfectly flat and square.
Rip the Edges for the Tongue and Groove Joint
The next step to create a perfect tongue and groove joint is to rip the opposite edges on the table saw.
Lay Out the Boards for Tongue and Groove Joints
Next, align the boards in the order that looks best based on coloration, grain pattern and knot locations to make the tongue and groove joints.
Cut the Grooves for the Tongue and Groove Joints
Create the grooves for the tongue and groove joinery in this step using a stacked dado blade setup on your table saw.
Cut the Tongues of the Tongue & Groove Joints
Next, cut the tongues to match the grooves using your stacked dado blade set with a sacrificial board attached to your table saw fence.
Dry Fitting the Tongue and Groove Joints
Dry-fit the entire assembly of the tongue and groove joints to check for any errors or joints that are too tight or too loose.
Clamping the Tongue and Groove Assembly
Apply a thin layer of woodworking glue to all surfaces of each groove and insert the tongue, immediately wiping off any glue that squeezes out.
Trim One End of the Tongue and Groove Joint Assembly
Remove the tongue and groove joint assembly from the clamps and trim off one end of the assembly to ensure that the end is square to the sides.
Free Woodworking Plans to Build a Circle Cutting Jig
Many woodworking plans call for cutting stock into circular shapes. Woodworking projects like round table tops, archways and many other circular forms need consistent, precise rounded cuts that can't be obtained cutting by hand. One of the easiest ways to cut circular shapes is with a jig. In this set of free woodworking plans, we show you how to build a simple yet very effective circle cutting jig for the band saw.
Using the Circle Cutting Jig - Free Woodworking Plans to Make a Band Saw Circle Cutting Jig
With the stock in place on the circle cutting jig, it's time to begin cutting the circular shape. Adjust the blade guard until it us just above the stock, then turn on the band saw, and when the blade is at full speed, ease the stock around the pin until the circular shape has been completed. Turn off the saw before removing the stock from the jig.
Cut the Plywood and Attach the Clamping Block - Free Woodworking Plans
The first step to building this set of free woodworking plans is to rip the plywood to an appropriate size. Once the plywood has been cut, measure the distance from the band saw blade to the edge of your table and place a clamping block on the bottom of the jig at this distance.
Attach the Side Clamping Blocks - Building a Band Saw Circle Cutting Jig
Once the plywood has been ripped and the main clamping block has been attached to the bottom of the plywood, the next step of these free woodworking plans is to attach two support blocks on each side to help support this woodworking jig. This will help support the jig when it is in use.
Cutting the Legs and Attaching the Bottom Foot - Free Woodworking Plans for a Band Saw Circle Cutting Jig
With the clamping blocks attached, we'll now attach two legs to the opposite side of the plywood that will help hold the jig off of the floor. This will stabilize this woodworking jig when it is in use.
Free Circle Cutting Jig Plans - Attach the Legs to the Table
Once the legs have been cut and the foot attached, we'll connect the leg assembly to the table. You have two options to tackle this step of these free woodworking plans: you can connect the legs with hinges or simply screw the legs to the table with wood screws.
Free Woodworking Plans for a Band Saw Circle Cutting Jig - Clamping the Jig to the Band Saw
The circle cutting jig is now complete. In this step of these free woodworking plans, we'll show you how to clamp the circle cutting jig to your band saw so it will be stable when you use it to cut stock for your woodworking projects.
Free Circle Cutting Jig Plans - Free Woodworking Plans - Adding Stabilizing Clamps
In this step of these free woodworking plans, we'll continue to attach the jig to the band saw by placing two more clamps in place. This will provide sideways stability when cutting circular shapes on the circle cutting jig for your woodworking projects.
Free Woodworking Plans - Scribe a Center Line - Free Band Saw Circle Cutting Jig Plans
With the jig secured, we'll scribe a center line on the circle cutting jig's table. This center line will help mark the location for a pin to be inserted (in the next step of these free woodworking plans) which will hold the work piece when cutting on the band saw.
Adding a Pin to the Circle Cutting Jig - Free Woodworking Plans for a Band Saw Circle Cutting Jig
When the time comes to use the jig, you'll need to add a pin to the circle cutting jig. In this step of these free woodworking plans, we'll show you how to position this pin and use it to cut circular shapes in stock.
How to Replace a Drill Chuck - Woodworking Tools
Power drills and cordless drills use a three-jaw chuck to hold bits. Sometimes this chuck can be damaged and need to be replaced. In most cases, removing the old chuck and replacing with a new keyed or keyless chuck can be completed in a few minutes. Learn how to replace a drill chuck in this woodworking tool maintenance guide.
Power Tools, Hand Tools and Machinery for Woodworking
There is an axiom that says that a woodworker is only as good as his tools. In this section, we discuss the various types of woodworking tools, such as power tools, hand woodworking tools, wood turning lathes, woodworking machinery, jigs and accessories, media for improving your skills and much more.
Twelve Table Saw Woodworking Safety Tips
The table saw is the centerpiece of most woodshops. It is also widely regarded as one of the most dangerous power tools. With the proper precautions, the table saw can be much safer. Learn twelve table saw safety tips to help you operate your table saw safely and effectively.
Wood Turning Safety and Safety Equipment
When wood turning on a lathe, as with other woodworking tools, safety should be the woodworker's first concern. Learn the special precautions one should keep in mind when wood turning, to make wood turning fun and safe.
How to Buy Pre-Owned Tools - Woodworking Tool Guide
Use this used woodworking tool buying guide when considering buying pre-owned tools so you get the quality item that you need.
How to Use a Framing Nailer Safely and Effectively
A framing nailer allows the operator to put a number of framing nails into an assembly in the time it would take to drive one nail with a hammer.
Woodworking Gifts Over $250 - Great Woodworking Gifts for $250 and Up
If you want to impress the woodworker on your gift list with a top-of-the-line tool, check out these great woodworking tools, all of which cost more than $250. From a great contractor table saw or compound miter saw to a band saw or router kit, each of these professional-level tools will surely impress the woodworker that receives it.
How to Build Wall Cabinets for the Kitchen
Why pay for expensive wall cabinets for your kitchen when you can build them far more cheaply? Here's how to build all the wall cabinets you need.
How to Winterize Woodworking Tools
Protect your woodworking tools from the harsh winter conditions. Learn how to winterize your tools and have them ready for use in the spring.
How to Build Base Cabinets for the Kitchen or Bathroom
Why buy cabinets when you can build your own base cabinets inexpensively and easily? Learn how to build a base cabinet that is adaptable to your kitchen needs.
How to Build a Blind Corner Base Cabinet without Drawers
Follow these easy steps to build an blind corner base cabinet for your kitchen with just a few woodworking tools and some sanded plywood.
How to Repair and Replace a Drill Press Chuck
The chuck on a drill press holds the bits securely, allowing the motor to spin the bits and drill the wood. If your chuck is malfunctioning, learn how to repair or replace the drill press chuck.
How to Install Butt Hinges - About Woodworking
Installing butt hinges requires mortising the edge of the door and frame for the hinge flanges. Here's how to cut the mortises and align the hinges properly.
Using Pipe Clamps for Woodworking
Are pipe clamp kits suitable for fine woodworking projects? Can a pipe clamp replace a more expensive bar clamp? Here are the answers.
Wood Refinishing - How to Give New Life to an Old Project
Wood refinishing can rejuvenate antiques or older pieces of furniture are really well-built, but the craftsmanship of the piece is buried beneath a coat of paint. Learn how to uncover furniture's underlying beauty.
Oscillating Spindle Sanders - How to Use a Drum Sander
An oscillating spindle sander is a type of drum sander where the drum rises and lowers as the drum spins. This oscillating motion exposes the entire drum to the wood being sanded, allowing for nearly the entire surface of the drum to be exposed evenly to the wood. This helps reduce grooves in the wood caused by the sandpaper, and allows the abrasive to last longer. Learn how to best use an oscillating spindle sander on your woodworking projects.
Woodworking Suppliers - Hardware, Hinges, Knobs and More at these Woodworking Suppliers
A considerable number of woodworking projects call for hardware of some kind, such as hinges, knobs, locks, slides, fasteners and more. Check out the online inventories of these woodworking hardware suppliers.
Splinter - The Wooden Supercar - A Woodworking Interview with Splinter Supercar Designer, Joe Harmon
For years, in the early years of aviation, airplanes and airframes were made from wood. They were strong, durable and relatively lightweight. Today, wood is rarely considered strong enough for use with a powerful engine, but that didn't stop Joe Harmon. He has designed the Splinter, a 600-HP supercar made primarily from wood. We had an interesting discussion with Joe, to learn his inspiration and how he decided to build a sports car from wood.
Splinter - The Wooden Supercar - An Interview with Splinter Supercar Designer, Joe Harmon
In the early years of aviation, airplanes and airframes were made from wood. They were strong, durable and somewhat lightweight. Nowadays, wood is rarely considered strong enough to handle the torque of a very powerful engine, but that didn't stop Joe Harmon. He has designed the Splinter, a 600-HP supercar made primarily from wood. We had an interesting discussion with Joe, to learn his inspiration and how he decided to build a sports car from wood. Page 2.
Free Modular Coffee Table Plans - Free Woodworking Plans - Final Assembly of the Modular Coffee Table
The last step to completing these free modular coffee table plans is to complete the assembly, apply the finish, add the casters and the glass and put them to use. The final assembly of this woodworking project is relatively simple, but must be completed in order for the unit to fit together properly, as shown on page 1 of the free woodworking plans you downloaded in the first step. Page 10.
Free Woodworking Plans - Cutting Out the Top of the Coffee Table - Free Coffee Table Plans
Probably the trickiest part of our free coffee table plans is cutting out the top to accommodate the beveled glass. This can be done free-hand with a jigsaw and then cleaned up with a sander as long as you're patient. Follow the dimensions as outlined in the free woodworking plans you downloaded at the beginning of this woodworking project. Page 7.
Cutting the Rabbet for the Beveled Glass Table Top - Free Woodworking Plans for Glass-Topped Coffee Table
As we're nearing the completion of the woodworking steps of our free coffee table plans, we need to cut a rabbet in the top to accommodate the beveled glass table top. Cut the rabbet using a router around the top as shown in the free woodworking plans you downloaded in the first step. Page 8.
Free Woodworking Plans for Modular Glass-Topped Coffee Table - Assembling the Coffee Table
At this point, we're ready for some sanding and assembly of the parts of our free coffee table plans. As noted before, do not sand the parts that will be glue surfaces, but sand all other exposed edges of the parts. A dry fit would also be a good idea, making certain that all dimensions are as shown in the free woodworking plans you downloaded in step 1. Page 9.
Do You have a Disaster Plan for Your Woodworking Shop?
We all have a disaster plan for our homes for weather-related or other such natural disasters. What about your woodshop? In this woodworking tip, learn a few steps to help protect the tools in your shop from damage in the event of a weather-related emergency or other natural disaster.
Gallery of Fine Furniture - Woodworking Gallery of Fine Furniture
In this gallery of fine furniture, find pictures of unique and inspirational pieces of fine furniture and antique furniture from around the world. Some of these pieces are new creations, while others are hundreds of years old. Have a photo of a piece of fine furniture you'd like to add to the gallery? Submit it to the About Woodworking Guide! Page 5.
Gallery of Fine Furniture - Woodworking Gallery of Fine Furniture
In this gallery of fine furniture, find pictures of unique and inspirational pieces of fine furniture and antique furniture from around the world. Some of these pieces are new creations, while others are hundreds of years old. Have a photo of a piece of fine furniture you'd like to add to the gallery? Submit it to the About Woodworking Guide! Page 4.
Milwaukee Tools - Woodworking Profile of Milwaukee Tools
This profile of Milwaukee Tools centers on the company's development as a power tool manufacturer, and includes information such as the history, innovations and contributions to the woodworking marketplace and the types of Milwaukee woodworking tools offered.
Woodworking Safety Equipment for the Workshop
There are a few basic pieces of safety equipment that every woodworker should use religiously. Developing the habit of using the safety equipment every time you work in the shop will help protect you from injury.
A Sanding Block used for hand sanding employs a full-sheet of sandpaper cut into quarters, with one of the 1/4 sheets of sandpaper wrapped around the block. To use, place the sandpaper side down onto the wood and sand back and forth with the grain of the wood.
A utility knife is an invaluable tool in the wood shop. Not only can this razor-sharp knife be used for cutting almost any thin material, but it can be used for things like cleaning out hinge mortises or scoring before making a cut with a power tool. Find out the features you should look for when buying a utility knife.
The most basic tool in carpentry is the claw hammer, and while the woodworker in the shop won't need a hammer nearly as often, it is a necessary woodworking tool. Learn the features you should look for when buying a quality hammer.
A combination square is essentially a 12-inch ruler with a sliding handle that has two precision flat surfaces, one at 90-degrees and the other at 45-degrees to the ruler. This versatile woodworking tool allows the woodworker to easily scribe and mark lines on their woodworking projects or measure distances at these angles. The handle also contains a level vial for aligning the ruler plumb.
Nail sets are used for setting the head of a nail beneath the surface of the wood. These are especially useful woodworking tools, as they keep the woodworker from having to drive the nail flush with their hammer, which would likely bruise or dent the stock, leaving ugly marks on their woodworking projects.
A sliding bevel is the perfect woodworking tool for duplicating unusual angles. It can adjust for any acute or obtuse angle your woodworking project requires, and be locked in place for replicating that angle.
Wearing Appropriate Clothing When Woodworking
Woodturning can be a safe and enjoyable hobby, as long as proper safety precautions are taken. For instance, one of the most common safety hazards when using a lathe is loose-fitting clothing. An article of clothing can be caught in a spinning lathe, which can be very hazardous to the operator. Learn the proper attire for using a lathe safely.
Gallery of Fine Furniture - Woodworking Gallery of Fine Furniture
In this gallery of fine furniture, find pictures of unique and inspirational pieces of fine furniture and antique furniture from around the world. Some of these pieces are new creations, while others are hundreds of years old. Have a photo of a piece of fine furniture you'd like to add to the gallery? Submit it to the About Woodworking Guide!
A featherboard is most commonly employed on a table saw or router table to hold smaller pieces of wood stock against the blade or bit to insure a clean cut.
Screwdrivers are among the most common hand tools in use today. However, they're much more than woodworking tools, as they can be used for literally thousands of tasks around the house in addition to their functions on woodworking projects. Learn why you should have various sizes of flathead, phillips, square head, Torx and star drivers in your tool chest.
A level is used to determine whether an object is level (perfectly horizontal) or plumb (perfectly vertical). There are many types of levels, but two are predominantly used in woodworking. Learn the different types of woodworking levels, and which one is best for you.