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    My Favorite Woodworking Plans

    Arts & Crafts Coffee Table:

    In "Coffee Table Puts Joinery on Display," Kevin Rodel manages to do more in one article than is typical.  He'll show you how to create strong attractive joinery that showcases your craftsmanship, expand your design gallery, and build unified pieces that convey a theme.  Rodel shares design elements and technique for building a coffee table that showcase four decorative joints: through tenons, gridwork, half-lap joints, and breadboard ends with ebony accents, and he also uses arched stretchers to tie it all together.

    Arts and Crafts style is noteworthy for taking joinery—the product of the craftsman’s hand—and elevating it to the level of artistic decoration.  Kevin Rodel goes one step further and takes a familiar style and consistenly incorporates its details into his own work, making the combination his unique style within the style.

    Sleek Console for a Flat-Screen TV:

    This sleek entertainment credenza has clean, crisp lines. It offers plenty of storage, with easy access to electronic components from both the front and rear, and the design can easily be modified for individual needs. This version is built from 3/4-in.-thick sapele plywood and solid sapele and wenge, all available from most lumber suppliers. The plywood sections are joined with slip tenons. A beefy framework in the back keeps the case square. Inside, the credenza has three compartments hidden by three sliding doors.

    Small Cherry Cabinet:

    Build a small cabinet with expert instruction Tim Rousseau, a Maine furniture maker and teacher at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Learn how to construct a drawer, hang a frame-and-panel door, create tapered legs, and master other design refinements.

    Japanese Garden Bench:

    Russell Jensen designed this bench with a blend of traditional Tudor and Asian styles. The curved armrests, crest rail, and tapered back splats contribute to the Asian feel, while the chunky front legs and angled back legs are strictly Tudor. The angled rear legs are shaped on the tablesaw using a tapering jig. Simple mortising jigs ensure that the 40 different mortises used to join the bench are completed quickly and accurately. Jensen used teak for his bench, but gives advice on choosing other outdoor-friendly woods that would work.