Building Unique and Useful Kids' Furniture

A Splintered History of Wood

The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects

Cabin Lessons: A Nail-by-Nail Tale

Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects

Woodworking FAQ: The Workshop Companion

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A Shout out to WOODCRAFT magazine (for shouting out the kids' furniture book)

Check out the Feb/March 2019 issue of Woodcraft magazine. Great link on their website to free plans for building the Cheery Cherry toy chest from "Building Unique and Unusual Kids' Furniture" book.  More great articles on "Router Table Trickery," "A Hacker's Guide to Hand Planes" and more


Spike's Projects

Potting Bench - A Workbench for Plant Lovers

Crafted from standard cedar boards and lumber, this potting bench has a large work surface for working with plants, and plenty of space above and below for storage. The side bins provide a convenient place to stow dirt clippings and other gardening materials as you work. (From The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects)

"Houdini" levitating wine bottle holder

This may perhaps be the simplest gift project of all time. You need 1 x 6 x 12" board, drill, jigsaw and about 1/2 hour of time (maybe a little more on your first one.) Instead of giving just a bottle of wine, give a magical bottle!