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Popular Woodworking

All of the plans in this category are from Popular Woodworking magazine. Popular Woodworking has delivered articles and commentary from America’s best and brightest woodworkers for more than 30 years. The editorial focus is a committed philosophy of hybrid woodworking – blending the best of hand tool and power tool woodworking. We bring you woodworking projects for every skill level ranging from simple (but attractive) projects that use basic joinery, to complex furniture plans using advanced woodworking techniques.

The I Can Do That Workbench Plans
Popular Woodworking

The I Can Do That Workbench Plans

Download the full project plan for this easy-to-build workbench from Popular Woodworking's "I Can Do That."

Sharpening Basics
Woodworking Tips

Sharpening Basics

Razor sharp tools improve the experience, result, and safety of woodworking projects. Learn the proper sharpening techniques for your chisels, plane irons, and saws - take care of your tools. Download now!

Hammer Veneering
Woodworking Tips

Hammer Veneering

This veneering technique is historic, unique, interesting, and still appropriate to be used in today's world. Learn all about hammer veneering from Don Williams and get inspired to try it yourself.

Wired for Beauty
Woodworking Tips

Wired for Beauty

To get started creating your own wire inlays, all you need is a little know how (provided here by expert woodworker Don Williams), some wire, a rotary tool, and a few inexpensive shop-made tools.

The Butterfly Horse
Popular Woodworking

The Butterfly Horse

If you frequently run into the problem of now having enough saw horses (or not having enough room for more), you will be relieved to learn about "The Butterfly Horse" which is flexible and stores easily!

Bench Plane Restoration Guide
Woodworking Tips

Bench Plane Restoration Guide

Learn to restore your vintage bench plane. From the experience of woodworking master Bill Anderson, you will be able to identify and repair five common issues woodworkers encounter with their bench planes.

Make a Fixed-Width Panel Raising Plane
Popular Woodworking

Make a Fixed-Width Panel Raising Plane

A panel raising plane may be a tricky build, however you will be thankful for having it as it will give you accurate and even results in future projects - not to mention the satisfaction of accomplishing the task will be worth it alone.

Rule Joints by Hand & Power Article
Woodworking Tips

Rule Joints by Hand & Power Article

Further develop your understanding of rule joints by practicing making them both with and without power tools. Bill Anderson guilds you through both in this fascinating article from Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Make a Shapely Bowsaw
Popular Woodworking

Make a Shapely Bowsaw

A bowsaw is a useful tool to have in the shop for cutting fret wood and curves. With this step by step instruction from Bill Anderson, you will be able to create your very own.

Slat Back Chair
Popular Woodworking

Slat Back Chair

This project covers all the basics of chair making; curves, angles, comfort and structure.

Perfect Shoulders
Woodworking Tips

Perfect Shoulders

An 18th-century chairmaker's saw makes 21st-century work easier.

Contemporary Cabriole Legs
Woodworking Tips

Contemporary Cabriole Legs

Jeff discuses a new approach to a traditional design element.