Sketch of the Day: Spectator Bench


This spectator bench concept would work well as a comfy seat for any sporting event. It’s roughly 7 feet long and features an angled edge.

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Quick Project: Pyramid Planter


Quick projects are simplified project plans that are stripped down to just the basics: materials, tools, and diagrams. This one is a version of a pyramid raised bed. Simply build the levels, stack, and fill with soil.

Click on the image to access the plan and download the 4-page pdf file.

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Sketch of the Day: Arbor Garden Entrance


I’m back to outdoor concepts with this arbor garden entrance. It’s just a way of dressing up an outdoor space, and something you’d be likely to see in a formal garden setting.

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Sketch of the Day: Student Desk


This student desk concept will most likely turn out to be a completed project for one of my sons. It’s very similar to the desk end of a bunk bed system I recently built for a client.

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Sketch of the Day: Writing Desk


A little break from all the outdoor concepts and maybe more appropriate for tax day in the U.S. Here’s a writing desk with an open shelf, rather than a drawer. A few bits of trim give the sides an interesting detail.

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Plan of the Week: Firepit Bench


For the Chief’s Shop Firepit Bench project I created a unique look and assembly method for the legs and a slightly different way of adding end rails. It’s primarily assembled using a Kreg Jig and can easily be knocked out in an afternoon. I designed it as a two-person bench to go around a firepit (hence the name), but you could customize the length and place it anywhere.  A miter saw, drill/driver, Kreg Jig, a 2×6 and some 2x4s are all you need to build it.

Click the image below to access the plan page and a pdf download.

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Beginner Hand Tools: Measuring & Marking


Measure twice and cut once is the mantra we hear about woodworking or any DIY project, but gauging size or distance a hundred times with a bad or outta-whack measuring device will give you bad results.

While I advocate buying power tools that you can afford, then stepping up, I firmly believe that you should purchase quality measuring tools right out of the gate. Click here for the full story on measuring tapes, squares, rulers, compass, and pencils.

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Sketch of the Day: Patio Dining Stool


This dining stool is a companion concept for yesterday’s patio dining table.

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Sketch of the Day: Patio Dining Table


A four-person dining table perfect for a patio…or anywhere else, really.

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Sketch of the Day: Garden Corner Bench


I felt like this bench concept would look nice in a botanical garden setting, as I’ve “imagined” here in this sketch. It would work just as well in any outdoor setting, particularly on a deck. Note the details in the video below.

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