Here’s Norm Marshall’s nifty, easy-to-build replica of Charles Lindbergh’s famous trans-Atlantic airplane! Having been a Naval Aviator for over 20 years gave Norm Marshall a real appreciation for airplanes. When he retired, he began building toys…and his fascination for airplanes continued. He particularly loved the stories surrounding the historic 1927 trans-Atlantic flight of The Spirit […]
Premium quality wooden domino sets can easily bring over $100 at craft fairs. Made from your choice of contrasting domestic and/or exotic hardwoods, these laminated dominoes are real attention-getters at craft shows, street fairs and juried shows.
Six easy-to-make toy puzzles for kids aged 3 and up Cheryl Barnett, a craftswoman from Beavercreek, Ohio designs and makes delightful jigsaw puzzles as gifts…and to donate to church bazaars. Cheryl say that for strength and durability, she uses 1/4″ or 3/8″ thick high-quality, solid-core plywood and assorted hardwoods for her puzzles. NOTE: When making […]
Quick alteration to the basic design lets you change the roadster into a sedan – that uses the same fenders. For added efficiency, try “pad-sawing” the Side shape cut-outs and leg shapes in pairs if you’re using your Scroll Saw or in stacks of up to six if Making multiples of an item…whether you’re planning […]
Enjoy a weekend of great fun building this child’s Cable Car replica! Here’s a toy that brings to mind all the charm of San Francisco’s famed Cable Cars – the clanging bells, the roller coaster hills and the thrill of seeing such sites as Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill and Golden Gate Park. Build it as […]
Norm Marshall, retired Naval aviator, husband and father had a happy passion: making toys for children. Norm passed away in 1982, but it’s fitting that he was born on Christmas Eve in 1932 because, based on the quality and “playability” of his toy plans, we’re certain that Jolly Old St. Nicholas smiled down on Norm […]
Here’s a project that’s as sure to be a big hit for a child or grandchild this Christmas as it is to be passed on to the next generation, and the next, and next. This classic sled will brighten any child’s Winter blues, then double as a plant stand when “Old Man Winter” packs it […]
Here’s a classic child’s toy that’s been around for generations. It’s quick and easy to make…and a joy for the kids to play with. And you can make a stack of them at the same time by “pad-sawing” them out on your Bandsaw.
Through the generations, puzzles have always been popular with children, being one of the few toys the kids can take apart without fear of breaking them (not that most kids are concerned about breakage, even though us parents certainly are). The three puzzles presented here, have two added attractions: First, they’re easy to build and […]
A five-car Train that’s loads of fun for you to build — and durable enough to be around for your grandchildren and great-grandchildren to enjoy. We’ve been told that the first toy train appeared in the 1820’s – just a few short years after the first real train carried its first passengers and hauled its […]
A classic design that will bring a big smile to the face of any child at Christmas. With just a few pieces of inexpensive, readily-available stock and only about 12 hours of your time, you can build this heirloom quality horse that’ll serve generations of young riders. Making a child’s toy can be a lot […]
Here’s the perfect place for the kids to practice their lessons, leave special messages for parents or just doodle on a lazy day — and you can easily build it in a single weekend. All children love to draw and doodle. Crayons and/or markers on paper are a great choice…but errors made with these materials […]
Symmetry is the secret to this wonderful toy top that will entertain children for hours. Don’t think that kids appreciate the simple things anymore? Wind this sucker up, let it go, and watch them drop those eye phones on the ground. One great thing about the older toys, you can drop them on the ground, […]
WHAM! That is the noise that you used to love making when you were a small kid and trying to be just like your dad. He hammered on things and you thought you needed to as well. So you were given a pounding bench, and you smacked your blocks through the holes then flipped it […]
Interlocking logs make a fun build it yourself kit for kids and adults to work on together. Building your next log cabin or fort is only a few chops away. Build it up, tear it down, build it up again. This pattern includes 4 different size logs and trusses for the roof. Using these patterns […]
This is a great money making toy that will sell to the old and the young. Now if you are not after making money, and just want one of these bad boys for yourself don’t feel too bad. Kids are intrigued by how toys like this work without batteries. Just because this baby doesn’t have […]
This wooden toy crane is fun to build and quite challenging. The end result is a neat little toy that will last for years to come. Kids love this kind of toy and with a magnetized crane they will be entertained for hours.
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I love the game of chess. Anyone who knows me will also tell you that they won’t play a game with me ever again… Oh well, enough about me and my problems, check out this awesome guide to creating your own custom chess set. Hand turned chess […]
It is a hot summer day, and the much needed rain is pouring outside. Now you are stuck inside with nothing to do, but have no fear I have a solution. The Dancing Duck is a perfect rainy day project that will give you something to do. The Dancing Duck is a string puppet that […]
Creating a wooden castle puzzle is a fun scroll saw project that you can do in a weekend. The result is a beautiful puzzle that looks good and is fun to build. The durability of a wooden puzzle is also a great benefit when giving puzzles to younger kids. Some people use this guy as […]
This is one of those hybrid storage, chopping block, knife holder thingys with a wonderful look. This plan has two different options, one for storing a microwave oven, and another for shelves / storage. So if you don’t need to store your microwave, then this still may be a great plan for you.
The perfect solution when you have more deckside party guests than you have table space to serve them. These handy Folding Party Trays give your guests more than enough tabletop space for a multi-course meal…then fold-up conveniently for out-of-the-way storage until you need them again. You’ve planned a cookout and your guests are scheduled to […]
A great Spring project that will serve you all Summer long. This easy-to-build table makes the perfect spot for potting and re-potting all those plants you’re planning to put on display indoors and outdoors during the 2003 growing season. Make this move-around Potting Table in a single weekend and get set for a “blooming” Summer […]
A unique, three-piece Table that goes together or comes apart in about a minute! Just store it away in the corner of your garage during the off-season, then pull it out for great Spring or Summertime fun. This great Patio Table solves the age-old off season storage problem, once and for all! The simple act […]
You’d be hard-pressed to find three tables as attractive as these in a furniture store…without laying down $1,000 to $1,500! Here are three gorgeous tables that are surely destined to become the furnishing “stars” of your living room – or any room in your home. The end table and corner table feature a unique style […]
Here’s a super project that’s quick to cut out and even quicker to assemble. We know….today, everybody has a cell phone attached to their belt, the side of their purse and even the dashboard of the car. After all, this IS the “mobile society”, isn’t it? Well….yes….but there are always those “hold-outs” who prefer to […]
A great, multi-purpose table that’s designed to look great, no matter where you use it! Imagine how beautiful a professional-quality table like this will look in your living room, dining room or hall. You could position it against that empty wall that you’ve never quite figured out what to do with. Or, how about behind […]
An attractive table – an extra chair – a place to store whatever you like. It’s a project you’re sure to flip over! The origin of this chair-table design dates back to 16th century England. It’s an excellent example of multipurpose furniture, offering a draft-free place to sit near the fireside – a round-top table […]
You’ll love how these three contemporary tables store in the space of one! Small, medium or large. Build all three of these project plans in a single weekend. Pull out the size you want when you need a mini-desk or spare table for sofa-side dining, playing games or craft work.
This classic A-Frame-Style Picnic Table is easy to build and made to last. Here’s a simple weekend project that will pay you back EVERY weekend for years to come! Back yard picnics are as American as fireworks on the Fourth-Of-July! In fact, one of our Shopsmith Customers enjoys picnics so much that he built this […]
A beautiful folding table that will look great, wherever you use it. This handsome twin leaf table folds flat, out of the way when not in use. We based the plans for this gateleg table on one that was purchased in the 1960s from a small antique shop in London, England. The original was made […]
This traditionally styled end table makes good use of easier methods for shaping curves to achieve an attractive, rounded appearance. You cut out the curves with a band saw, then shape them smooth by flush trimming with a router. But, if you don’t have a router, you can shape these curves by roughing them with […]
Only a display niche this bold could hold its own against these picante-colored walls. The black tile backdrop, the light overhead illuminating the vase below this niche doesn’t accent the wall; it owns the wall. And take a look at that stylishly curved shelf it juts almost defiantly into the room, as though the niche […]
In addition to its stylish good looks, this glass shelf has a simple design that makes it extremely easy to build. For larger walls, you may want to make the version shown here with two shelf standards (vertical supports) and a pair of 36″-long shelves. For narrower walls, try the single-standard version with three 18″-long […]
The dictionary tells us that a knick knack is a small article intended for ornament, and that definition can apply to this wall-mounted shelf itself as well as its contents. It will dress up an empty wall in a hallway or elsewhere, and lets you display some of those choice little items you have found […]
Slip-in pegs allow instantaneous adjustment of the main plant shelf height. Here’s an Adjustable Plant Shelf featuring a design that makes it universal enough to work with virtually any home decor — and simple enough to build that you’ll have plenty of opportunities for some nice profits when you sell them at craft shows, festivals […]
Here’s a nifty project that stores 20 spools of thread plus a collection of needles The unique tilt-up shelves make removing or replacing the thread spools fast and easy. If you or your spouse has ever sewn…or knows someone who sews quite often, you probably realize that keeping an ever-growing collection of threads handy, organized […]
Build this attractive table and pick up some valuable tips on making eight of woodworking’s most popular joints in the bargain. Here’s a handsome side table that’s sure to “dress-up” any room in the house. A generous storage drawer and two fold-down leaves make this table a handsome addition in any Living Room or Bedroom. […]
In the market for a doll house bed? Check out this plan by Ana White! Why pay tons of money to a company who mass produces these things and sells the for a large profit when you can build one yourself? Click the link below to get started building your doll’s bed. Well, it may […]
Looking for a fast-selling item that’s quick and easy to make? You just found it ! Here’s an elegant and practical item that looks great in any kitchen, whether its decor is Early American or more traditional. For a more contemporary look, replace the arched top with a straight one and the shaker style pegs […]
The adjustable desktop bookshelf makes a great addition to any desk. It allows you to stack up your books without the problem of them falling over. Clean up desktop clutter and get organized with this quick and easy woodworking plan. This would be a great weekend project and these adjustable desktop bookshelves sell well at […]
This is a very handsome wall shelf unit. Ever needed a little bit more space but didn’t want to put up a board on the wall for aesthetic reasons? This shelf plan will guide you to making a great looking wall shelf unit that will add to your decor. When making this shelf please remember […]
A wooden towel rack plan from Emporium Indonesia Furniture. Build your own cheap wood towel rack with this simple do it yourself plan.
If you’re like most people, your family heirlooms are precious to you. Such was the case with the author’s daughter when she wanted to display one of her great, great grandmother’s antique quilts for all to see. The project began with a sketch of the idea. The final result was a red oak frame with […]
So simple, you could make four or five for different rooms – in a single weekend! These attractive magazine racks are so simple to make that as long as you’re going to make one of them, you may as well make four or five for your house…and a few more to give as gifts.
This is a simple wine rack made of white oak. You can use any wood you choose to make this simple and classic wine rack. Check out the simplicity and learn some basics about building wine racks and then create your own version.
Learn to build a coat rack with Magg Ruffman, the ToolGirl. Coat racks are a stylish way to add some organization to your clutter. Don’t fall victim to coats laying around the house, use these free plans to build your very own coat rack.
Meet the simple-to-build, multi-purpose outdoor “platforms” with dozens of great uses! Duckboards…they shed water just like their namesake “feathered friends”…which makes them well-suited for duty as water-resistant platforms for storing hoses, patio furniture, garden walkways or a host of other outdoor applications. They’re rugged, amazingly easy to make and their good looks are here to […]
A great back yard spot for the kids to pretend they’re spending the day at the beach! Sit back in your favorite easy chair. Close your eyes and recall those misty memories of childhood days gone by. Remember feeling the warm, soft sand beneath the soles of your feet…the coolness on your fingertips as you’d […]
A traditional, English style Garden Bench with mortise-and-tenon joinery. Build this beautiful, classic style Garden Bench yourself for a fraction of what you’d pay for it at retail. If you’ve priced sturdy, well-designed outdoor furniture lately, you can probably guess how far ahead you’ll be if you can build it yourself! Depending upon the wood […]