The more I learn about working with wood, the more I appreciate a sharp tool. Let me share some of the knowledge I have gained about how to sharpen chisels, and also why it's important.
DIY craft project for making a decorative birdhouse from pieces of driftwood. This is a functional birdhouse that birds will actually use.
In this article, I will share with you three different ways to build a silk-screen printing station.
If you want a bench that is timely, extremely strong, and is built using old time joinery with a traditional looking finish, look no farther!
How to upcycle a folding table, and use other recycled wood to make a wooden box to protect an overlocker (serger) sewing machine.
This charming little whale sculpture is an easy project that is great from beginner wood carvers. Cut out the blank, shape and sand then mount to a piece of driftwood.
Finding space to store salvaged scrap wood in your garden shed or workshop for future DIY use can be an issue; here I showcase my temporary storage solution with suggested ideas for the longer term.
I'm an experienced woodworker and craftsman who uses a brad nailer. Here are my thoughts on whether having one would be useful for your arts and crafts endeavors.
The cajon, a box drum originating from African slaves in Peru during the early 19th century or before, is becoming more widely used within different musical genres. Its locomotion is a plus, as no set up is required, and its fairly light, making it...
This easy method of transforming new wood involves burning the wood with a propane torch. Everything is more fun with a blazing torch in your hand!
Art starts with persistent passion and a vision...so strong, that it just won’t let you go. The Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Project became just that for me, and, still is. This account is about
This crafty patriotic flag makes a cheerful decoration to honor our service people and celebrate the summer holidays. With the addition of floral blooms, this sign can welcome visitors all year long!
The clock will function properly as long as you install the clock kit directly in the center of whatever shape you choose—oval, maybe? To hang the clock, I ended up just nailing a small nail into our wall and using the top 1×2 piece that connects the slats together to hang it.
My contractor table saw came with a stamped steel fence. Replacing the factory fence with a Biesemeyer fence dramatically improved its performance, safety and enjoyment factor.
This article shares DIY bluebird birdhouse plans with step-by-step instructions for building a nest box.
DIY plans and step-by-step instructions for making a model catapult that really works and actually flings small objects!
Turning pieces of driftwood into sculpture is fun, challenging, and rewarding. Half the fun is finding driftwood while walking along the Humarock Beach. The other half is fitting the pieces together to create a driftwood whale sculpture.
Design concept and step by step guide to make bespoke spice rack, with paper towel holder, from solid oak tongue and groove floorboards.
This unique birdhouse is handcrafted from rustic barn wood and repurposed pine. Made for the birds, the birdhouse will make a great home for a variety of cavity-nesting birds, including chickadees and wrens.
Step-by-step instructions for building an interesting birdhouse with three separate condo units. Built for the birds, this design has fledged several families of bluebirds and wrens. A few repurposed and salvaged bits add character and whimsy, transforming a basic birdhouse into folk art.
DIY Birdhouse Plans with step-by-step instructions to build a decorative birdhouse that resembles a lighthouse.
Build your own Peterson bluebird nest box plans with these step-by-step instructions. Entice more of these beautiful birds to visit with our tips for attracting bluebirds into your garden.
This article walks you through how to build a storage box for your child's stuffed animals with paracord sides. The paracord sides make it easy for a child to pull out any toy from any location.
Unique ideas with plans for making decorative birdhouses using old license plates. These are functional birdhouses that birds will actually use to raise their families.
DIY plans with photos and step-by-step instructions for making a Butterfly House. Our version of the butterfly box is made from pieces of salvaged mahogany.
Making a Celtic knot segmented wood pen is easier than it looks! Learn how to make this segmented blank, even if you don't have access to power saws.
The human face is the ultimate challenge for many carvers. This article offers helpful insights on how to succeed.
Transform your yard into a creepy Halloween graveyard with fake tombstones and clever epitaphs. Here are ideas for funny R.I.P. names and spooky tombstone sayings, plus easy instructions for making your own tombstones.
DIY plans with step-by-step instructions, photos and diagrams for building a Ladybug House. Plus, lady bug facts and tips for attracting lady bugs into the garden.
DIY plans for building a bat house with an image of a flying bat. This article includes diagrams, photos and step-by-step instructions for building and hanging a bat box.
Watch as the birds build their nest, lay eggs, and raise their babies. Step-by-step instructions make it easy to build a hanging birdhouse with a clear plastic window to see inside the nesting box.
Learn how to build a bent-willow chair using free wood collected from the roadside. They're perfect to use as outdoor furniture so you can relax on the porch during the evenings!
Two birdhouses in one unique design! Step-by-step plan for building a birdhouse with two separate nest boxes, each with its own entrance.
DIY Plans with photos and step-by-step instructions for making a bluebird feeder. This feeder lets the bluebirds in, but keeps bigger birds out.
As winter approaches, birds seek shelter from the cold. A roosting box provides protection from the harsh winter weather and allows several birds to huddle together to conserve energy by sharing body warmth.
The basic parts of a wooden gear clock, how they work, and how to build one from a wooden-clock plan. Includes step-by-step instructions and video guides.
Read how a Master woodcarver from Bavaria, Germany shared his studio with some not so professional woodcarvers and see examples of the quality and genius of his work.
How-to guide of making a solid oak cabinet for the living room on a low budget, from reclaimed timber and floorboards that matches the general style and dimensions of existing oak furniture.
DIY illustrated step-by-step how-to guide to make your own storage rack to hold a bank of external HDD hard drives as a storage and backup solution for your computer or iMac.
Building your own guitar pedal board doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. This simple rack is easy to make, built sturdy to take abuse, and it keeps your stomp boxes organized with the cables tucked neatly underneath. The size can be adjusted to fit your specific needs. And it looks good!
If you are new to woodcarving, this spoon is easy to make and will put a smile on someone's face. You can personalize it by painting or carving something in the handle.
Learn how to make a floating wine bottle holder. This is an easy woodworking project that anyone can do.
Bespoke design and build of an adjustable wooden stand for use with wildlife camera mounting arms, for easy and flexible use in the back garden; built from durable scrap wood and designed for potential multi-purposing as a garden table.
Wood carving in general can seem intimidating to most people. For those who wish to sample the craft, spoon carving is generally a good place to get your feet wet.
This Dovecote Birdhouse is built for the birds! Simple to make, the six-sided birdhouse looks great in the garden and it is designed to attract bluebirds.
Album cover frames are perfect for displaying the cover art from your favorite LP records. This article shows you how to make your own DIY album cover frames with photos and step-by-step instructions.
Reclaimed wood furniture is red hot in home decor right now. Free wooden pallets can be transformed into reclaimed wood shelves. A pile of old barn wood could become a reclaimed wood dining table! Check out these tips on where to find old barn wood and reclaimed lumber.
How to take fresh-cut hardwood trees and carve them into beautiful one-piece wood art. Proper seasoning of the wood and a patient cutting procedure are vital to prevent checking and splitting of the wood fibers.
Information about five types of wood glue: polyvinyl acetate, polyurethane, cyanoacrylate, hide, and epoxy. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each and what projects they are better for.
Step-by-step instructions for making a bespoke, wooden sewing cabinet on wheels with a hinged lid and shallow drawers for accessories.
Reusing found lumber and wood scraps to make rustic-looking birdhouses is great and affordable method. These birdhouse ideas include DIY plans, diagrams, and step-by-step instructions for you.
There is a proper way to color your wood burning project without raising the grain of the wood. This article explores the technique more in depth.
Step-by-step guide to making and fitting a simple display shelf above the door for displaying soft stuffed toy animals. This can be used as an alternative to the hammocks designed for the same purpose.
Step-by-step instructions with photos for building a stylish bluebird birdhouse that the birds will actually use. Adding a few extra details adds character and makes your birdhouse unique.
This simple bird feeder for holding suet cakes is easy to make. The extended tail prop makes it easy for woodpeckers to balance while feasting on the suet.
Candle boxes have been around for centuries. This early 1700's replica candle box will add to your décor and function as a box to hold anything you want to put in it.
Simple step by step guide for making a wooden shelving unit, from recycled wood, that neatly fits under a wall mounted mirror.
There is something about building a Marble Machine that makes me feel like I could control the world. I have not built one yet, but I want to. Until then I will have to settle for the work of some of these Marble Machine Masters. They have great...
A router is a tool used to hollow out a specific area from a solid surface such as wood or plastic. By controlling the shape and depth of the cut a multitude of possible designs can be achieved. Here is an easy to follow guide to get you started!
These decorative birdhouses are built for the birds! Birdhouses designed with the birds in mind have a higher chance of attracting tenants, and adding a bit of whimsey makes them look good too!
A simple quilting extension table made with parts from Home Depot, completed in less than an hour, and with minimal material costing ~$20. Has adjustable legs and can be readily modified to a number of sewing machines.
Turn a vintage sewing machine stand into an interesting and useful table. I purchased the base for $10 and made the top from pieces of salvaged lumber (free!).