Woodworking Bench Plans Step By Step

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Looking at woodworking bench plans? A bamboo-covered bench is pretty easy to build and is actually a recommended project for DIY (do-it-yourself) people with little or no carpentry experience. Recommended because it’s very easy to do and you can wind up with a very beautiful and serviceable bench for your home.  Continue reading to see just how easy it is to make your very own bamboo-covered bench!

Any DIY enthusiast will tell you that mastering the basics of carpentry is not only relatively easy to do but it will open the door for you to create all sorts of beautiful and useful objects and pieces of furniture. This will save you a lot of money, give you something to do in your spare time, and leave you with all sorts of things you can be proud of and cherish for a long time.

Building a bench will be easy and it will help you start learning the basics of carpentry. Once you have the basics of carpentry down it will be second nature for you to build beds, shelves, tables, benches, chairs, cabinets and all sorts of things because all of them follow the same rules of carpentry and construction.

Finding a good set of woodworking bench plans is the best place to start. A good set of plans will give you a list of tools and materials and it will give you options for whatever size you need your bench to be.

Materials

  1. You need to find some bamboo flooring (synthetic bamboo flooring will work fine and be a lot easier to get your hands on). You could also use any other type of flooring like oak, poplar, etc… but then it wouldn’t be a bamboo-covered bench would it?
  2. You will also need some wood glue for attaching some of the parts together.
  3. A Large MDF (medium density fiberboard) sheet
  4. A small MDF sheet for covering the legs of your bench
  5. Pine boards for the actual bench frame. Pine is the prime choice for beginning woodworkers.

Tools

  1. As with all carpentry projects you will need a regular circular saw. You can use a manual handsaw but it will take a lot more labor and time. You may want to have a handsaw for some fine work and other uses.
  2. You will need a larger miter saw for precision cuts. Some pieces of wood, like bamboo, are very hard and will take a lot of work to cut without power tools.
  3. A screw gun will save you a lot of time and effort and will come in handy for many carpentry projects.
  4. A nail gun will also be a very handy thing to have for your DIY projects to save a lot of time and energy.

Now the first step in the construction of your bamboo covered bench is to use the large MDF sheet to create a box that will be the seat of the bench. When you are finished you will have two long sides and two short sides.

The length of your bench will be determined by the long sides of your box. Use nails to attach two stringers between the longer pieces. Make these stringers equally spaced and back from the ends of the longer boards. Use smaller pieces of wood to create square at each corner (these are for the legs of your bench).

The resulting spaces at each corner should match the dimensions of the legs you want to use. Also, you should add a space for a fifth leg in the middle of your bench. This will prevent anyone from breaking your new bench.

Now it’s time to put the legs together. Use the smaller MDF sheet for that. Make sure you create them to fit in the spaces you created when you assembled the seat of your bench. Attach your new legs to your new bench seat using nails and strengthen it with glue.

When your bench frame is complete you can use a light adhesive to glue the synthetic bamboo flooring to all the surfaces of your bench. If you make everything in uniform dimensions it will be a lot easier to cut the bamboo flooring to cover your bench because many pieces will be exactly the same size.

It is highly recommended to use a miter saw to cut the flooring. These saws can be a little pricey but in the end you will find that it’s a great investment for all your DIY woodworking projects.

I hope you have found this article informative and useful and I also hope you take this final tip to heart: before you start your project go find a great set of bench woodworking plans.

Woodworking Bed Plans for Constructing a Queen-Sized Bed

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Let’s face it, beds (and any other furniture for that matter) can be quite expensive. So it’s not very surprising that quite a lot of people are becoming DIY (do-it-yourself) warriors these days.

If you have the time and creativity, and the urge to become a DIY warrior, I think you will be surprised at how easy it can be to construct, from scratch, your own queen sized bed. In fact, the general steps we will go over will help you to create a beautiful and comfortable bed for any room in your home.

You will need several standard carpentry tools for this project. Keep in mind that any money you invest in carpentry tools will be money well invested because you will be able to use these tools for many projects in the future provided you learn how to use them correctly and you take care of them.

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Tools

  1. Regular saw – by this I mean a circular saw to be used for most cutting tasks. Another great saw to have is a miter saw. These are a bit pricier but they make very precise cuts that fit together very nicely.
  2. Jig saw – for cutting rounded shapes in wood
  3. Tape Measure – for measuring all your material
  4. Nail gun – It just makes it a lot easier to nail things together. You can use a hammer but it takes a lot more effort and time.

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Materials

  1. MDF sheets (medium density fiberboard) you can use whatever types of wood you want to but MDF is strong and consistent and easy to work with.
  2. Wood glue
  3. Finishing nails
  4. Filler material
  5. Sandpaper

The dimensions of a queen sized bed are about 8’x4’. Eight feet by four feet is very ample space for a bed so you can get a great night of sleep. So your first step will be to make a 48 inch (four foot) headboard. Using the jig saw and the MDF sheet you can cut some smooth arcs for a design in the headboard and footboard of your new bed.

After measuring and cutting the headboard, footboard, and side boards of your bed and using the jigsaw to cut a design into the boards you can easily use some small screws and glue to combine them all together.

Once you have all the main pieces of the bed assembled you can use some smaller trim pieces to add to the design and beauty of your bed. Then you will want to put a trim piece of sturdy wood to the inside of the side pieces of your bed to hold the slats up.

The slats will be what holds your box springs, mattress, and ultimately you up so you will want to make sure the trim that holds the slats up are attached very securely. You can use up to 12 slats if you want to and that will take the stress off of any one slat since every one added just ads to the strength of the bed. Attach the slats with screws and the inside trim piece the slats are resting on should be attached with screws and glue.

Make sure all the screws used are long enough and strong enough to hold the weight that will be placed on them because the last thing a sleeping person needs is to hear their bed cracking under the strain. You also do not want to screws to be too long because they penetrate the wood you are attaching to and that could damage the strength of the wood.

You just have to be careful to use sturdy material and good fastening techniques as well as precise measuring so the structure will be as strong as possible. Once you get the basics of carpentry down all this will be a walk in the park though because attaching wood together works the same for every type of furniture.

After you have the main frame of your bed assembled you can add as many or as few other moldings and decorative features as you want. The sky is the limit and the finished product will be determined by how much time and energy you want to invest.

Use Table Woodworking Plans to Create Your Own Magic

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The most logical first project for most beginning woodworking enthusiasts is the utility table. Not only is it one of the easiest things to craft in a woodworking shop it will be the most useful thing to start with because all of your later project can be started right on top of your new table.

This article will discuss the basic steps for taking some plain wood and, using your own ingenuity, crafting your very own woodshop utility table. Since every woodworking project can make great use of a table there is no better place to begin than to start with table woodworking plans and get your first project under your belt.

To begin with, you will need to start with the base for your table. This is the most complex part of the entire project. You will need two short sides, two long sides, and three stringers or sway braces for the base.

The stringers are what will actually keep your table standing when you place things on top of it. You will want to make sure the stringers are evenly spaced. The dimensions of the two short sides and the two long sides are determined by what size you want your table to be.

Depending on how heavy the material you will be using you will want your base to be no more than one to two feet smaller than the overall dimensions of your table. For example: a four foot by eight foot table can be supported by a base that is between one and two feet for the depth and between four and six feet in length.

For the base of your table a butt-joint assembly will work fine. Once you have assembled the base of your table you will want to check to make sure it is square in shape and very stable. The next step is to attach the legs which will be close to the outside edges of the table top. Make sure to cut the legs evenly and use a square to get the legs placed correctly.

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You can use some wood glue to seal the narrow places between the legs of your table and the base. If the table legs are to made from relatively thin wood you will not want to use screws to attach them because screws have been known to split wood. Splits or cracks in the legs will grow larger over time and weaken the entire structure.

Once you have glued the legs of your table to the base of your table it will be time to attach the stringers for your table. You will have stringers on the base of your table and on the legs of your table. This may not be the most attractive design but it will be the strongest and when it comes to utility tables in woodworking shops strength will be the main concern.

Since you never know what you may need to place on top of your utility table: it could be very heavy pieces of wood or large tools, you will want to make sure it is as strong as possible.

When it comes to cutting and attaching the stringers you will want to start by measuring the distance between the legs. Start by placing the table upside down on the floor and measuring the exact distance between the legs.

You will need to attach four stringers to the legs of your table. You will need two stringers for the short sides (one on each side) and two stringers for the long sides.

The stringers on the short side will work best if they are attached about five inches up from the bottom of the legs (five inches off the floor when the table is turned upright). The stringers attaching the legs on the long side of the table should be attached at the midpoints of the legs.

Since thirty four inches is a standard table height, 17 inches off the floor is the correct placement for these stringers. If you are taller or shorter than the average person you should adjust the height of your table accordingly to make it easier to work on your table.

If you want to make your table even stronger you can add two additional stringers to the short sides of your table at the midway point of the legs.
You should use small door hinges or metal brackets made for this purpose to make sure your table is as strong as possible.

The next step is to take a piece of plywood (or you could use two pieces and double thickness for extra strength) and attach it to your legs and base. It is also a good idea to attach 2×4’s or 2×6’s all the way around the perimeter of the plywood to make it stronger and more durable.

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The last step is to paint or varnish the plywood so it is protected from spills or drips or oil, water, paint or any other liquids you may be working with. Now you are ready to start on your second project! Make it something for your home and it will be a lot easier to work on now that you have a great woodworking utility table.

An Introduction to Woodworking Plans and Designs

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If you really want to get into a hobby that is super satisfying as well as exciting and productive woodworking really fits the bill. Specially since there are great resources out there for you to use that show you everything you need to have and to do to produce some great functional furniture. All you really need is a few tools, some wood, and a set of great woodworking plans!

Woodworking is an awesome hobby because it involves creating great new things like furniture from scratch that you can use right away in your home. If you are a Do-It-Yourself kind of person there really is no more exciting or more productive hobby to get into, not to mention, you can save a lot of money by making furniture yourself. What better way to spend your free time than by learning the great hobby of woodworking!

If you have ever bought furniture I’m sure you realize that it is quite expensive to buy well made furniture that has been crafted from quality material. DIY woodworking allows you to own some beautiful, high quality wood furniture for a fraction of the cost of buying even the cheap pieces in most furniture stores. You can save hundreds of dollars on tables, chairs, cabinets, etc… by using woodworking plans to put together some very fine furniture.

There is a great chance you will be astounded by how much you can save. For example, did you know you can actually own a very beautiful queen sized bed frame for less than $100?

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How much this frame would cost you in the market? Not cheap, right?

Of course, it depends on the type of wood you want to use. Some pine boards can be quite inexpensive and then you can spend a bit more for cherry or cedar but the finished product is a lot more valuable and expensive when you are buying furniture crafted from wood. With the help of woodworking plans you can create some very durable and valuable pieces of furniture.

Usually, great woodworking plans are created with one thing in mind: to teach people how to quickly and easily recreate high quality woodworking projects in a step by step manner that covers all the details. Woodworking plans that fit the bill as being great ones will have been created by experienced designers or experts and will contain two sub-lists and a set of step-by-step instructions as well as graphics or illustrations or even videos.

There will be one list outlining the tools that will be required for the project and a list of alternative tools just in case you do not have or are not able to acquire specific tools. The other list will give you a shopping list of materials and hardware you may need to complete the project.

The list of tools needed is very important because some DIY woodworking enthusiasts may not have access to some of the more expensive tools needed and may have to wait until they do have those tools for some projects. Most projects can be done with limited tools but there are some special saws and adhesives that are used in the steps in some woodworking plans.

Believe it or not some projects will require adhesives to complete! Most woodworking projects can be completed with nails, screws, tacks or brads, and hard ware such as hinges, knobs, and latches or catches but some of the smaller pieces or specialty items may requires glue or adhesives for a professional look.

Yes, woodworking requires the use of adhesives! While it is true that wooden pieces can be joined by nails, screws, and small hinges, adhesives (wood glue, specifically) are used to seal small cracks in the resulting framework.

As I said before, some of the better woodworking plans may include videos or even 3-D drawings. You may be surprised at how tech-savvy some woodworking enthusiasts are and how detailed some of the better woodworking plans are put together.

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Videos and 3-D drawings are nice to have but what’s more important is having detailed instructions no matter how you get them. Don’t think that all great woodworking plans will have to include 3-D drawings or videos since well written instructions are really good enough most of the time. Everyone learns in different ways but most people do just fine as long as the written instructions cover all the details.

However your plans are delivered you simply need to make sure to pay attention to exact measurements and dimensions and be sure to follow any special instructions.

Another good idea is to make sure you check with the original source of your plans so you have any and all updates or changes. Sometimes new tools or materials can be used to streamline processes, reduce costs or improve on older designs.

If you can print out your woodworking plan it would come in handy when you are working on the project because you will be able to refer to the plans as you work. Tablets and laptops are great but using them IN your workshop may not be the most efficient or safest option for those expensive electronics.