Sketch of the Day: Coffee Table with Glass Top


You can use this table as both a display for collectibles as well as a standard coffee table. It would be rather simple to complete, with the most difficult part of the project being cutting the tapers on the legs.

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DIY Network Project: Modern-Style Platform Bed


Follow these instructions to build a wooden platform bed with a slatted headboard. You can make both pieces together or just one of them.

Click on the image to access the plan.

Published in: on February 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

DIY Network Project: Rustic Style Headboard


Learn how to build this basic tongue-and-groove wooden headboard. We gave it a weathered, barn-wood look, but you can paint or stain it any style or color.

Click on the image to access the plan.

Published in: on February 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sketch of the Day: Headboard


An open design headboard inspired by an old English farmhouse window I have hanging as art in my bedroom.

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Scrap Project: Small Mallet


I use a lot of 2 x 2s in projects and have cutoffs in abundance. So, I came up with the Chief’s Shop Small Mallet that can either be used as a crab mallet (for cracking shells), or a small meat mallet (for tenderizing or flattening cuts of meat).

You’ll need a 5/8-inch round dowel and a 1/4-inch round dowel as well. Click on the image below to access the plan.

Be sure to e-mail me with any questions and let me know what you think – chief@chiefs-shop.com.

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Chief

Beginner Power Tools: The First Three


Everybody likes lists and I’m often asked by beginners which power tools they should get first – so here I’ve assembled a rundown of the three power tools I think beginners can start with comfortably and for the least amount of money.

Drill/Driver

No surprise here. Every house and apartment should at least have a drill, if no other power tool. Most are used for assembly of store-bought pieces of furniture, or various other “some assembly required” household items. Drilling pilot holes for screws is a must-have skill for many beginner-level projects. With additional jigs, such as a pocket hole jig, a drill can help a beginner gain confidence in pursuing more woodworking adventures.

Drills are relatively inexpensive, especially chorded and lower voltage battery models. Just know that the lower the price, the lower the quality. If you’re just getting started, I’d say go for one that’s priced somewhere in the middle of the pack. Be sure to pick up a good bit starter kit, with several drill bit sizes (from 1/16- to 1/2-inch) and driver bits.

Jig Saw

Arguably the first saw most people use learn to use. Of course it gets used most in cutting curves, but with a straightedge guide you can make adequate cross cuts (cutting across a board to length) for most projects. They’re not as powerful or effective as a circular saw for this task, but if you’re planning only to get by with one power saw to start, a jig saw would be it. Some models allow for the base plate to tilt, which would allow you to cut bevels. I don’t recommend jig saws for trying to rip (cutting down the entire length of a board to result in a more narrow piece).

With the right blades, you can cut through metal, plastic, and wood. Make sure you purchase a good assortment of blades.

Sander

Sanding is frustrating, especially for beginners when they realize how much time it takes to get a smooth surface. A power sander beats sanding by hand for sure, but it can also help shape a project.

Take corners for example. You could use a power sander to roundover a corner or an edge to add a softer look (and reduce a potentially sharp hazard). It might not be as perfect as using a router with a roundover bit, but you’ll get an adequate job done and not have to use another tool.

Here I’d recommend two types: a detail sander and a random orbit sander (ROS). If you can only get one, go for the detail sander. It will allow you to sand larger surfaces (but will take longer than an ROS), but it will include attachments that will allow you to sand hard to reach and unique surfaces. Be sure to get replacement sanding pads in various grits (roughness), from 60 grit (which will remove wood quickly and will be rough) to 180 or 220 grit (for creating a smooth finish).

Before you purchase a tool, make sure you research them thoroughly by looking for reviews and asking user opinions on social networks.

Sketch of the Day: Bookcase


The curves on the corners give this project an Art Deco feel. Large books fit on the shelves. Small books, such as paperbacks, fit on the top.

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Chief

Plan of the Week: Multipurpose Stand


The Chief’s Shop Multipurpose Stand requires only a drill, Kreg pocket hole jig, hole saw bit, and a miter saw (or circular saw). It can serve as a plant stand, or as a small side table where you could place a drink or small plate.

I have one similar to it in my home I made several years ago – its primary function is as a drink stand beside a chair.

Click the image below to download the plan. The video below gives you a tip on a quick way to make matching parts, such as the legs and rails in this project.

Be sure to e-mail me with any questions and let me know what you think – chief@chiefs-shop.com.

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Sketch of the Day: Desktop Chord Concealer


I’m building this for my desk, which I recently moved to a different location in my office.

My parents purchased this desk not long after I was born, and it came from the courthouse of the town in which I was born. I don’t want to drill holes in it, and my wife tells my I have to organize the chords from my computer, printer, scanner, lamp, etc. Yes, I could go wireless, but I’m not quite ready to for new equipment.

My solution is this.

I’ll be able to feed the chords through the hole in front and out a hole in the back (not shown). My lamp can sit on top, and I can feed its chord through the hole on top and out the hole in the back. Plus, I’ll have a small shelf for displaying various curios, etc.

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Sketch of the Day: Beach Bench


Perfect for your beach or lake retreat, but just as good for your backyard. The entire project is designed to be built with 2x4s alone.

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Make Some Sawdust!

Chief

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