May be cut from almost any thickness of plywood or from 3/4 or 1-1/2 inch wood. Decorate a shelf, hang on your door, place on a porch railing or cut a lot of them to announce someone lucky enough to have their birthday on Halloween! This is a 2 page pattern. Beginner skill level using a jig saw should be able to accomplish this project easily.
I like drilling shelf pin holes in the top, bottom, and both sides of a box so that it can be used vertically or horizontally. But that means aligning and spacing of all those holes becomes fairly critical. After all, you do not want crooked or wobbly shelves. Nothing works better for uniform spacing than a layout jig.
This jig allows for evenly spaced shelf holes, if they have to be drilled with a hand drill in a pre-assembled unit. Only the position of the top holes on each side have to be marked, once they are drilled a pin goes into those holes through the top hole in the stepping block and the next hole is drilled.
Here are two photos of a jig I built for my router in less than half an hour. The two 1/4 inches threaded rods screw into the router base (they come from another off-the-shelf jig.) The wooden block is just some random piece of hardwood scrap.
Here is a jig for routing bookcase or cabinet-side dadoes that exactly match the thickness of your shelf stock. No special bits are needed. Just use an ordinary straight bit and a guide bushing.
You will always have a step stool handy if you build either or both of these sturdy step stools. The tall one features a storage shelf underneath. Box joints and angled sides make them look so good that you will not have to hide either away between uses. And, our jig for cutting the angled box joint makes both simple to build. The top measures 15 inches wide and a little over 9 inches deep, the taller bench is 16.25 inches high and the shorter bench is 11.75 inches high. The bench measures 14.5 inches deep at the base.
Elegant character, a hint of oak and a silky finish makes this bottle storage rack a perfect accompaniment to wine bottles. The Arts and Crafts stylings makes it a handsome display stand too. The simple construction methods, consisting of biscuit and butt joinery, will appeal to many woodworkers. This plan also includes plans and instructions to make and use a quick shelf-pin jig that lets you drill perfectly aligned shelf-pin holes.
Make a kids bench with just a drill and a jigsaw with these easy free plans! Benches can be so much easier to build than chairs, and also easier for children to haul around. Add a shelf like I did and you can store coloring books inside the bench.
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