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Named the "box" pergola as it is designed with rows of blockings between rafters which gives the appearance of oblong or square boxes. This type of pergola is becoming more and more popular and is not that difficult to build.
This woodworking project uses pine that has been treated for the outdoors and also for ground application. The specified lumber sizes are easy to find at your local lumber yard and helps make this an easy and inexpensive project. This plan can be found at Buildeazy.com - http://www.buildeazy.com/pergolabox.html or go to FreeWW.com to browse the rest of the free pergola plans - http://www.freeww.com/pergolas.html
Here is a totally awesome sign made using scrap wood and a miter saw. A unique non-scary Halloween addition. You can find similar items at FreeWW.com.
Speaking of Halloween, you must check out HalloweenFreebies.com if you are doing any decorating, pumpkin carving, crafts or costumes this Halloween. Thousands of pictures and links of anything Halloween, from fantastic Halloween makeup to Halloween recipes and food, to pumpkin carving and no-carving, crafts, costumes for everyone, including the dog and more!
Add handsome architecture to your backyard by building this beautiful pergola. A pergola offers protection from harmful sun rays while adding to the beauty of your lawn. It is also a great place to let a Boston or Virginia creeping ivy flourish as it attaches to the 4 post of the pergola for an even more charming appearance.
Building a pergola is not at all complicated and is the perfect woodworking project for a less seasoned woodworker. This DIY plan is well laid out with a simple step by step format that will help you get the job done and done well. You will find 4 pages of pergola plans on FreeWW.com http://www.freeww.com/pergolas.html
If you live in a home for any length of time, you’re going to acquire more stuff. It’s just a fact. Whether you’re a minimalist or a packrat, at some point you’ll probably wind up with more stuff than space. When that happens, it’s time to check http://www.freeww.com/shedplans.html for simple, easy-to-build shed plans.
Whether you need a simple lean-to to store your lawn equipment or an entire building to use as a workshop, www.FreeWW.com has building plans that will have you clutter-free in no time. Building a shed can be a great project for the family, and many plans are simple enough for an eager novice to build.
Use free shed plans to build a storage facility that blends with your décor, is customizable to suit your storage needs and works with your budget. You’ll be proud of your accomplishment and your wallet will say ‘Thanks.’
Your patio or deck deserves more than a gas grill and a plastic lawn chair. Make this space an additional room for entertaining or relaxing with comfortable seating and tables. Whether you need a fold-down side table for your favorite beverage or a dining table to seat the whole crew, http://www.freeww.com/patiotables.html has patio table plans for any occasion.
When you browse the patio table category at www.FreeWW.com, you’ll find plans for casual styles that you can customize to match your décor and size requirements. Do you need a side table for your tiny balcony? We have plans for knockdown or foldable tables that store away when they’re not in use.
If you enjoy having the whole family over for a picnic, you’ll be sure to have room for everyone’s plate when you build a classic table that you can customize to your own size requirements. Some of the table plans include materials lists and tool suggestions, while other sites offer videos to help you with your project.
If your computer is relegated to the coffee table or a corner of the kitchen table, maybe it’s time to build a permanent home for your personal assistant. Whether you’re looking for a luxurious executive desk or a spur-of-the-moment knockdown apartment style desk, http://www.freeww.com/computer-desks.html has computer desk plans that will give your computer a safe and stylish place to rest its weary bones between bouts of social networking and on-line gaming.
You can choose a plan to create a beautiful armoire that looks great in any room and hides a well-planned desk with plenty of space for your printer and supplies or a simple desk made of purchased filing cabinets and a salvaged door. There are even desks and work areas for the kids that can be scaled to any size.
When you browse the desks at www.FreeWW.com, you’ll be surprised at all the varieties of desks and different levels of skills required. Whether you’re a computer geek or a dream home designer, you’re sure to find a style that will fit your lifestyle and pocket book. Best of all, you can say you made it yourself.
Everyone wants a space to call their own and dogs are no exception. Build your best pal a dry and warm home with free doghouse plans from http://www.freeww.com/doghouses.html. Whether you live on the frozen tundra or where the warm winds always blow, you’ll be able to give your dog a safe and secure place to get away from it all.
Doghouse plans from www.FreeWW.com can be simple shelters from the wind and rain or fully insulated, multi-room dog condos. Most plans are simple and are perfect for novice woodworkers. You’ll find plans for any size and shape, and most can be built in a weekend.
When planning an outdoor home for Fido, consider building it off the ground. This helps keep the cold away and prevents water from oozing up through the floorboards. Some models feature an awning or porch cover, so your little guy can relax in the shade while watching the world go by. You can choose many finishes for your doghouse, and you can even use materials to blend with your own house finish. Plan a pup-sized palace for your canine friend. You’ll both appreciate it.
Nothing says ‘relaxation’ like an Adirondack chair. These iconic seats have graced the porches and yards of families for generations, and they only seem to become more appealing as they gracefully age through the seasons and years. Now, you can make your own hand crafted patio or deck furniture with Adirondack chair plans from http://www.freeww.com/chairs.html.
You’ll find plans for chairs, loveseats and foot rests, so there’s something for everyone. Plus, you’ll get detailed instructions, materials lists and handy tips on the best products and methods to build your lawn furniture. There are even some videos to guide you through the building process.
Spend a few days creating this lasting lawn furniture. Then, grab your favorite beverage, a magazine and sit a spell in the soon-to-be-favorite spot in your house.
Mirrors are an inexpensive way to add style to any room in your home. At http://www.freeww.com/mirrors.html, you’ll find mirror plans to accent bedrooms, bathrooms, dining rooms and dens. Regardless of your decorating theme, you’re sure to come up with a mirror that reflects your style and taste.
Whether you’re a beginning woodworker or a seasoned professional, there are mirror designs for every level of expertise. You can use sticks and twigs to create a folk-art mirror or go all out with fine hardwoods and a hand rubbed finish for an heirloom that will be passed down through generations.
Mirrors also make great gifts, and many plans can be modified to fit a space perfectly. You’ll be able to create a custom mirror a thoughtful wedding gift or housewarming present that’s suited for the recipient’s space. Check out www.FreeWW.com for mirrors that reflect the way you live.
This simple bench features tenon joinery for the rails and stretcher and is easily customizable to any length, width or height. Oak is a traditional wood in Mission Style furniture and would be a perfect material for your project. It blends with most décor and is a perfect occasional seat for any room
If you plan to paint your bench, you can substitute pine as a way to save money on your project. Other woods can be used, and the seat can be stained and finished with urethane for a durable finish that will last through years of wear.
If you’re looking for moveable seating and storage, this open cubby bench provides lots of room to stow your stuff and a rolling seat that you can move anywhere. This versatile piece is perfect for a mudroom, garage, family room or a child’s bedroom.
Using inexpensive plywood, this simple project is ideal for a beginning woodworker. You can make the bench any size or height, and you can use locking casters to keep the bench in place. The wood can be stained, painted or even decoupaged, and you can purchase or sew a cushion to make the seat more comfortable.
This wood and acrylic bird feeder is a perfect project for a burgeoning birdwatcher and budding woodworker. The materials for this project can often be found in the trash pile of a construction site, or you can purchase the components from a home improvement center for just a few dollars.
The bird feeder plan gives you alternatives for construction materials, and you’ll get a chance to try out several tools and techniques to create this simple feeder. This bird feeder holds a lot of seed, is gravity fed and the roof opens easily to replace food. The acrylic sides allow you to monitor the level of food in the container and there’s even a perch for an ear of corn.
This is more than just a set of blueprints. This project walks you through the steps of planning, designing and creating a storage center that has the look of a custom-made unit with DIY pricing.
This modular system is completely customizable, and you can add or subtract components to create a wall of storage and seating that works in any room. The tutorial also explains how to measure, cut and install crown molding, so your storage unit looks like it was built with the original house.
Using standard building materials and techniques, you can create a bay or bow window seat for any room in your home. Whether you’re adding casual seating in a library or den, or you’re making extra bench seating in the dining room or kitchen, this basic tutorial will guide you through the steps to add needed storage and seating in your home.
This photo-filled tutorial for constructing a built-in window seat shows just how simple building and finishing attractive additional seating can be. This project uses standard building materials, and the final shell can emulate the look of any decorating style. Use beadboard, tongue and groove paneling or solid plywood and trims to create a built-in that looks like it was produced with the original construction.
This integrated mudroom bench provides storage, hanging space and a seat in a compact space that won’t interfere with the rest of the room. The sturdy and functional design has a country look with a beadboard wall and simple frame trim.
This project requires some time and a little woodworking experience, but it’s a straightforward job and a good way to acquire some additional skills. All the materials required are available at any local home improvement store, and you can finish your project to match the color scheme of your room with durable, water resistant latex paint.
Using a stock wall cabinet as the basis for this nightstand makes it a simple project that’s perfect for a beginning woodworker. MDF board and ready-made bun feet are used to build the project, and it only requires a few tools and bits of hardware from any local home improvement store to complete your recharging station.
Your choice of stock cabinet, paint and finishing accessories allows you to create an accent piece that’s fun and whimsical or blend with the existing furniture in your room. This piece would work equally well as a night stand in a bedroom or as an attractive and useful end table in a family room.
This lazy susan is a perfect project to corral all the miscellaneous stuff that accumulates in a garage and only takes up a two-foot square space in an unused corner of your garage.
The project is easy enough for a novice woodworker. Birch plywood is a smooth and flat material that’s easy to work with, or you can choose CDX- plywood to cut your cost by almost half. Vinyl base molding provides a lip for your shelves and installs easily with vinyl base adhesive and a few tacks. All the necessary materials can be purchased at your local home improvement center, and a few simple tools are all that’s needed to complete your rotating shelves in only a day.
This wardrobe features simple lines and dovetail joinery that is reminiscent of Shaker furniture styling. Constructed as two components, this piece is a future heirloom that will surely be passed on for many generations.
The details and joinery make this a piece of fine furniture, but the combination of solid hardwood, furniture grade plywood and oak faced MDF keeps cost down. Building the wardrobe in two pieces reduces its bulkiness and makes it easier to move into spaces that have narrow or winding staircases.
More wardrobe plans can be found on FreeWW.com. This plan is from woodworkersinstitute.com.
This plan is an easy and inexpensive way to create an attractive headboard that’s perfect for watching TV or reading in bed. The padded sections don’t require any sewing, and you can choose fabric that accents your room décor and decorating style.
Using 2x4 lumber and plywood, you’re able to create a custom headboard for any size mattress. The plans are easy to follow and include a short video that makes it a perfect project for a beginning woodworker. The headboard can be attached to either the bed frame or the wall, so it’s versatile and easily moved or removed.
Many more headboard plans on FreeWW.com. This headboard is from diynetwork.com.
Once you’ve completed your farmhouse bed, you may want to add a striking canopy to give it a romantic and sophisticated look. This add-on plan is easy to complete, and you’ll have your bed transformed into a stylish and chic haven in no time.
Using the same materials as the original bed plan, this canopy takes advantage of stock dimensional lumber and is put together without visible screw holes. If space is a concern, consider finishing the canopy components unassembled. Once the pieces are done, bring them into the bedroom and assemble the unit in place.
Serious shooters do more than lock and load. They prepare their own ammunition, and this requires a sturdy bench that will withstand the hard use it gets. FreeWW.com has a selection of reloading bench plans that fit any space and budget.
Whether you have a small corner in the garage or a full shop, you’ll find plans to build a custom reloading bench that suits your needs. Built to last, these benches are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Using dimensional lumber and stock materials, these benches are simple to make and are a good project for almost anyone. Add your own touches to personalize this reloading bench for the way you work.
Drawers, shelves, hanging space and integrated lighting are all options you’ll find in the different plans, and you can customize the plans to fit your style and space. You’ll even find a triangular unit that closes up like a closet to make the most of an under-utilized corner.
If your workshop includes a miter saw, you need a work stand. Miter saw workbenches can be a costly investment, and you may need a custom size to fit your space.
FreeWW.com has miter saw bench plans that range from simple benches to complete work centers. Whether you merely need a flat work surface or additional storage to hold all your supplies, you’ll find the right plan to build a custom miter saw workstation.
Build a strong and sturdy permanent feature for your shop, or create a knock-down unit you can transport to a jobsite. You can make the perfect miter saw workbench with plans from FreeWW.com and stock supplies available at your local hardware and lumberyard.
This platform bed plan is a versatile style that can be customized to fit any mattress size. Made primarily from plywood, the economical platform can be dressed up to add extra punch with decorator colors and accents or become a focal point for a minimalist décor with a simple coat of stain and urethane.
With storage cubes on three sides of the bed, this piece of furniture solves the need for an affordable, comfortable bed and provides loads of storage that’s easily accessible. Visit FreeWW.com for more free platform bed plans.
If you have an active family and never know how many people will be seated at your dining table, benches are an attractive and economical solution. A bench is also a simple woodworking project that’s easy on the pocket book and quickly completed.
Stylish and functional, dining bench plans are available in many designs that will blend with your decorating style. Building your own bench gives you the opportunity to create seating to fit your space, and you can use almost any wood and finish to give a make a unique seat that’s durable and coordinates with your dining room set.
FreeWW.com has plans to fit any style and budget. You’ll find traditional, country, modern and rustic bench plans that will provide the seating space you need at a price that’s right for you. Click here to visit the new category of dining bench plans on FreeWW.com.
Here's a new trend - building a wooden ice chest around a plastic or Styrofoam ice chest. And most of the plans call for a great rustic appearance.
A wooden ice chest should take 2 or 3 days to build and if you use pallets for the wood, the cost will be minimal.
We have added HUNDREDS of brand new woodworking plans to FreeWW.com in the last month and will continue to add new plans throughout the year. So if you haven't found what you are looking for, be sure to check for your plans on FreeWW.com.
Whether you want to build a rustic wooden bar for your man cave or a slightly more refined bar for a family room, this simple plan gives you the basic plan to build a solid and easy to assemble bar. Your building materials and finish will determine whether this is meant for the shadowy dungeon of a man cave or the center of action family room.
Plain plywood or MDF board can be painted for a fast and easy finish. If you make the sides of hardwood and furniture grade plywood, stain and polyurethane finishes will give a sophisticated look to your bar.
This basic plan does not include any shelves, so you may wish to install shelving for storage. An easy solution is to incorporate an inexpensive bookcase in the bar for instant shelving.
If you’re into aquarium fish and need a sturdy and inexpensive tank stand, building your own aquarium stand is a good woodworking project that’s not too difficult for someone with a few basic carpentry skills. You can use a variety of woods and vary the stain to suit your decorating style. You’ll also be able to add finishing components to dress up your stand, or you can use minimal decorative elements to keep your cost down.
This stand is very sturdy, as it must support the weight of a 55-gallon tank. The plan calls for double 2x4 members at the corners and a fully reinforced shelf that can accommodate a 10-gallon quarantine tank. There’s also lots of room to hold all the miscellaneous supplies, food and testing equipment your little colony will need.
The shell of the stand is made of furniture grade plywood, and it can be stained and varnished with a waterproof sealant to protect the finish. This stand features four doors with simple framing and blends with almost any décor.
The slight curves on the upper edges of the top beams, the curved cutouts on the bracing and the gentle concave arc at the ends of the crossbeams give this lattice-enclosed arbor a stately Oriental feel that blends with almost any garden or patio style.
This freestanding structure is built with cedar for durability, and standard dimensional lumber for ease of construction and cost. The only special tool you’ll need is a jigsaw to cut your curves, so this is a good project for a beginning wood worker.
Using this basic plan as a starting point, you can customize the styling to fit the design style of your home and property. Add a bench beneath the arbor, and you’ve created a quiet retreat for reading and relaxing.
Building a tree house for your kids is a real labor of love. It’s basically like building a small shed. However, it’s a little more rigorous than the building the average shed, as you’re doing all the construction seven or more feet in the air. Add to that the fact that you’re attaching it to a tree with sporadic, free-form branches, you’re standing on a wobbly ladder, and you can see just what a labor of devotion this project is. This tree house is designed to do as little damage to the tree as possible. The platform frame encircles the trunk of the tree and is secured in place with four sturdy braces. The weight of the structure rests on the bracing, which in turn rests against the tree trunk. This ensures that the house remains secure and stable in high winds.
Once you’ve completed and installed the floor framing, you can enclose the structure in any style your little darlings can imagine. The shell can resemble a fort, a king’s tower, a whimsical cottage or a pirate ship. Sit down with your kids, a pad of drawing paper and do a little brainstorming. You can build the tree house of their dreams, and you’ll probably relive a little of your youth.