§ by Gordon Gaippe on November 26th, 2008
When you’re home celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow, look around your house. If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that we can use more storage – as long as we don’t have to sacrifice a lot of floor space to get it. That’s what makes this tower bookcase so useful. It takes up less than two square feet of floor space – yet gives you six deep shelves for books and collectibles.
You can download the bookcase plans for free – they’re the sample plans offered to people considering joining PlansNOW.com. So while you’re downloading the plans, be sure to check out PlansNOW’s new membership offers. That makes everything kosher (which is also nice on Thanksgiving). Have a terrific holiday!
§ by Gordon Gaippe on November 21st, 2008
WoodNet.net Forums member QSAWN says he’s “finally finished” building three cribs for his three new sons.
Well, it took me about a month to complete 90% before the boys were born and 8 months to complete the last 10% after they were born.
Well deserved congratulations on both counts and more comments in the Woodworking Forum. BTW: Plans for the crib (originally published by Workbench Magazine) are available in print or as a download at PlansNOW.com.
§ by Gordon Gaippe on November 11th, 2008
Over at WoodNet.net, member ephmynus is showing photos of his new gazebo.
For this project, I did actually use a plan I found from PlansNOW. I’ve never built anything other than furniture so I had no idea where to begin without a plan. So, this is the first time I’ve ever used a plan, the first time I ever built anything like this, the first time I’ve ever laid a deck, the first time I’ve ever done any roofing. Lots of firsts so I’m pretty glad how everything turned out.
Sure doesn’t look like a first-time effort! More photos and comments at WoodNet Forums. Plans are available at PlansNOW.com.
§ by Gordon Gaippe on November 10th, 2008
We’ve offered several TV cabinet projects to our readers over the years. They’re handsome, sturdy, and… obsolete. The new flat screen TV’s don’t fit in the openings of the old projects. So this time, the designers created a media center that won’t go out of style or become obsolete.
The center begins with a base cabinet that can accommodate a 42″ television and all the boxes and cables that go with it. This can be a stand alone unit. Or as your space, time, and needs allow, you can add the side cabinets and the bridge over the TV. The cases are built of plywood with hardwood edging. Frame and panel doors complete the project.
Woodsmith is calling No. 180 the Special Storage Issue. It also includes a weekend project: Hanging Wall Shelves, and a designer series project: Snack Tray Cabinet. And it includes technique articles on making cove molding on the table saw and tenons on the router table.
Subscribers will see this issue in the mail boxes very soon. You’ll also find it on the newsstand, and you can visit Woodsmith.com to check out the issue and ask for a free preview issue.
§ by Gordon Gaippe on November 6th, 2008
PlansNOW.com is the only place online you can download over 350 Woodsmith, ShopNotes, and Workbench project plans and technique articles. It’s where you’ll find all the most popular project plans published since the magazines began. It’s a hopping place accounting for over 50,000 downloads a year.
Well, the best just got better. Now you can join PlansNOW, and you can download the best plans on the web for as little as $1.50 each. Here’s how it works: There are three levels of membership, Platinum, Gold, and Classic. Classic membership is free and you get monthly e-coupons for 20% discount off all your purchases. Gold membership is $19.95. It includes 5 plans and a $9.95 woodworking book. Platinum membership is the best deal of all: $29.95 gets you 20 plans plus 2 woodworking books.
If you need plans, and maybe to brush up your techniques, check this out. You can’t lose.
§ by Joel Hess on November 4th, 2008
Ready for a kitchen remodel complete with all-new cabinets? Finally building that entertainment center? Or are you just wondering how to cut a sheet of plywood down to size on your table saw? Then this seminar is for you.
There is no doubt that working with plywood can be a challenge. According to Dave Stone, a full sheet of 3/4″ hardwood plywood can weigh anywhere from 60 to 100 pounds. And the last thing you want to do is drop it on a corner or have excessive chip out when you cut a piece down to size.
Check out the Woodsmith Podcast Store, or get the Seminar Guide here: Tips for Working with Plywood
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