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FREE WOODWORKING PROJECTS AND PLANS

Video Game Storage
If your video games are scattered all over your room, and you can't find your favorite ones, here's a cool-looking way to get them organized so you can spend less time searching and more time playing.

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FREE WOODWORKING PROJECTS AND PLANS

Storage Bins
Here is a great way to store some of your wayward stuff. These storage bins can be stacked one atop of another or used separately, either way you will be on your way to conquering clutter in your room!

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FREE WOODWORKING PROJECTS AND PLANS

Charging Station
This charging station offers a smart and good-looking way to keep all your chargers organized. With slots for four devices, plus a drawer and a tray for necessities like spare batteries and ear buds, it can stay put in your room. For intermediate woodworkers, it's an exercise in making efficient use of lumber, resawing wood to nonstandard thicknesses, precision layout, neat gluing and nailing.

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Wiffle Ball
Here's a project that looks like a complicated puzzle, but it's really all about basic precision. It's made from just six identical little hardwood squares, all of them drilled and edge-mitered to fit together perfectly and then cut at the corners to make the final shape. Can you figure it out? We'll help you.

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Occasional Table
Here's a nice, small-sized table that can be put to good use in many rooms, from bedrooms to living and family rooms. And its traditional yet clean-lined design will help it to go well with any decorating style.

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Modular Planter Bench
The beauty of this modular system is that it can be as short or long as you like; it can be straight, or it can take hard lefts or rights to follow the footprint of a deck or patio. And, best of all, it's simple, quick and inexpensive to build. You'll be "up" and sitting in a few hours.

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Sliding Bookrack
The design of this ingenious book holder was inspired by the work of Greene & Greene, two architects who designed Arts & Crafts homes and furnishings in the early 20th century. Their detailing was exquisite yet they were also quite practical, as with this bookrack, which works simply on friction.

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Outdoor Storage Chest
Storage is like money; we never seem to have enough. Here's another truism: storage is where you find it, and a frequently underused area is outside the home. But instead of suggesting the usual toolshed, this project shows you how to make a beautiful chest for storing the smaller outdoor items that we use every day.

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Adirondack Chair
The Adirondack chair is designed for maximum comfort with a deep seat, spacious arms and a slanted back. When you want to take a nap, just pull up the matching footrest. When summer's gone, you can fold up both the chair and footrest for easy moving and storage.

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Bedside Table
The Bedside Table is the perfect size for any bedroom, or it can be used in a living room as an end table.

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Chippendale Mirror
Built from solid mahogany and ribbon stripe plywood, this framed mirror is a beautiful wall piece that is fashionable as well as functional. Stained and finished properly, it captures the Chippendale style renowned for its classic charm.

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Garden Bench
Traditionally made of teak, these benches have long graced English parks and gardens, aging gracefully through years of use and weather. This version is made of cedar, but you could also use white oak, redwood or cypress. Whatever wood you use, it's a good idea to finish your bench with a waterproofer.

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Leaning Tower of Shelves
This stylish but sturdy shelf unit will neatly hold your personal things-and you can build it in a day! It may look lightweight and easy to topple, but don't be fooled. This shelf tower is a real workhorse.

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Snack Bar and Stools
A stylish, all-purpose table that goes great with a pair of sturdy stools. This versatile table is perfect for schoolwork, small projects and board games.

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New England Pine Blanket Chest
Building this charming chest will leave you with a treasured piece of furniture. Learn and master new skills such as installing hidden dowel hinges and joining boards with biscuits.

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Patio Chair and Love Seat
This lightweight, easy-to-build outdoor furniture can bring contemporary flair to a deck, patio or balcony. And these chairs are as easy to store as they are to relax in.

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Patio Planter
This planter is designed to make patio or deck gardening much easier. Instead of just filling the well with dirt and putting in individual flowers or plants, you can simply use pre-potted plants. That makes it easy to change plants as the seasons turn or unload the planter and move it to a new location.

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Pedestal Picnic Table
If you're looking for a picnic table that's simple to build but looks great on a deck or patio, here's the design for you.

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Porch Swing
Kick back and relax with this fun-to-build weekend project. The smooth, gentle glide of the porch swing will keep you daydreaming for hours.

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Side Table
Here's a perfect table for use in a front hall, behind a living-room sofa or in your bedroom for showcasing your favorite knickknacks. Besides being narrow enough to fit in a variety of locations, its two drawers provide convenient storage for small items.

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Storage Cabinet
The finished piece is functional and can be used in any room of the house. Its design blends with all types of home décor.

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Stowaway Bench
This country-style bench will cut the clutter by the door and serve as a resting spot to put on your shoes. The lid opens to reveal a handy storage area. At only 11" deep by 44" long, it neatly fits in an entryway or mudroom.

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Tabletop Soccer
If you like fast-action fun, here's a homemade foosball game that'll give everyone hours of enjoyment.

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Traditional Bookcase
Here's a project that's a lot easier than it may look and when completed provides a sturdy, great-looking place for your favorite books.

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TV/VCR Cabinet with Swivel Tray
Don't let the clean, handsome lines of this very functional piece fool you into thinking that building it is beyond your skills. In fact, it is an excellent project choice for anyone who has had experience with only the basics of woodworking.

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Vintage Model Airplane
With all the different steps and tasks involved, from bandsawing to precision cutting and drilling to using a traditional spokeshave, completing this airplane will surely advance your skills. And after you build it, you'll learn how to apply and use finishes to protect the wood and keep it looking beautiful.

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