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Basic-Built Projects

If you don't have a shop full of tools, yet you love working with your hands and creating your own good-looking projects, the Basic-Built projects are just for you. We've designed several pieces that can be completed with a minimum number of tools and rudimentary woodworking skills. Watch WOOD magazine for more Basic Built projects.

Simple knockdown fasteners securely hold this desk together and allow quick disassembly for storage or transport. The ladder-style desk features two upper shelves and a desk-height work surface, perfect for a laptop computer

wooden table

Build this sturdy bench in only a weekend. Then stain and seal it or turn in into an "instant antique" with milk paint. Building the bench requires only a tablesaw, sander, drill, and jigsaw.

With its adjustable framed-glass shelves and open sides, this easy-to-build display case will let your collectibles really shine. But you won't have to collect a shopful of tools to build it.

Add a mirror to a shelf with drawers and you've got the perfect project for an entry hall, bedroom, or bathroom. It's hard to believe this stylish project was built using only basic tools and commonly available lumber.

Reader Bill Nolan designed this rugged box with solid-wood parts so it would handle kids scooping toys from it from it for generations to come. And because he chose simple screw-together joinery, you'll have this toy collector built quicker than kids can make messes.

Those may look like pegged mortise-and-tenon joints on the legs of this table, but we'll let you in on a little secret, you can make those joints using only basic woodworking skills, screws, and the foolproof jig within the article. To make it even easier, we've included the plans and instructions for building and using dado and rabbet routing guide.

Authentic Arts & Crafts furniture once required advanced joinery skills. But you can assemble this bench using easy-to-make biscuit joints. If you're ready for a bigger challenge, follow our instructions to build it with real through-mortise-and-tenon joints

For about $165 in materials, build this accommodating cabinet to store a small-shop's worth of tools, hardware, and supplies.


Clean, elegant lines conceal the simple, straightforward construction of this telephone stand


Give your flat-panel television or dartboard a wall-mounted hideaway that's a breeze to build.


Choose the right materials, and this table will serve you well for many summers to come.

rocking horse

No cartoon DVD can take a child to places in his imagination with the speed of this rocking horse. You'll be sitting tall in the saddle; too, knowing you built this pine pony using simple handheld power tools.

Stacking Shelves

Family room, dorm room, any room: These easy-to-build shelves work wherever you need versatile, customizable storage.

Home Storage Cart

Roll into place an extra work surface with plenty of handy storage below it with this easy-to-build, mobile cabinet.


You don't need a dream shop to build this handsome project; a few basic power tools will do.

sturdy bookshelf

From inexpensive 2x4s, 3/4" MDF, and 1/4" perforated hardboard, you can build this rock-solid workstation.


In just a weekend and using five power tools, build this screw-and-glue-joined chest to hold rain gear, blankets, and other items.


Save valuable space by storing your benchtop tools vertically on trays in a roll-around cabinet.


Simple design, basic power tools, and a few boards help you make this great quilt rack.

end tables

Build this super simple yet stylish project using only five tools.

wall shelf

Make this shelf to hold and display towels and accessories in the kitchen or bath.

Make any or all of these tables to create a set that suits your needs.


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