Blend classic wood shelves with steel legs for an industrial, yet refined contemporary look. You'll need no fancy metalworking tools or special skills to create the legs, just a drill, hacksaw and a bit of elbo grease. A grinder and a countersink designed for cutting steel come in handy, but aren't essential.
Combine oak and copper in a rustic candle holder. Reader Damon Vincent designed this lantern based on one he spotted while visiting Germany. Don't let the metal parts put you off; copper works easily and full-size patterns will guide you.
This modern beauty is a breeze to make. You won't give up a thing in the looks department by using well-chosen southern yellow pine instead of hardwood for this queen-size sleeper. Or how about this? Replace the glued-up headboard with a natural-edge slab for a one-of-a-kind showpiece.
The secret to building a cabinet lickety-split? It's not one thing, but a series of choices regarding materials, joinery, part sizing, and methods of work, each providing efficiency and saving time. Senior Design Editor Kevin Boyle has built dozens of cabinets using the approach shown here. If you read and understand the process before you get into the shop, you'll be amazed how quickly a cabinet comes together.
The best mallet you'll ever use may be as close as your scrap bin. You need only two pieces of hardwoodâ€”we used maple for the head and hickory for the handle. The handle locks into a wedge-shaped mortise for a fit that tightens with use. Build the smaller mallet for light assembly work and for use with 1"-and-narrower chisels. The larger version gives you more striking power with big chisels and provides greater "persuasion" with tight-fitting furniture and cabinetry joints. You can, of course, make an even smaller mallet for fine, delicate work, or bigger for framed structures.
The classic grandpa gift for a newborn often poses a quandry: Sons or daughters may live far away so the cradle must be shipped. And infants are "cradle enabled" for only a short time. Fortunately, knock-down construction makes this cradle easy to box up to ship or store until the next bundle of joy arrives.
Light can sometimes play tricks on your eyesâ€”and this box proves that axiom. By gluing up panels covered in 3/4"-square cherry veneer tilesâ€”every other one turned 90Â°â€”light catches each alternating tile's grain differently. The changing reflective pattern gives this project a compelling and unique look. But don't be intimidated by its seeming complexity; building it just requires a lot of repetition as you cut, tape, and glue each tile, then repeat.
Keep your favorite spirits or wine on tap with this nifty countertop server.
Inside, glass shelves let light shine from top to bottom. Outside, careful grain selection and three-way miters show off your woodworking skills. A simple plywood carcase and doors with identically sized rails and stiles make this cabinet come together quickly.