Woodworking Projects & Basic Carpentry

Explore the many woodworking projects and plans, available on myCarpentry.com, and learn basic carpentry skills as you build. Try out the free online carpentry tools, like the stair calculator, roof pitch calculator, and the span tables for joists and rafters.

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DIY Projects
framing carpentry
patio cover plans
build a deck

Free online plans are also available for patio covers, outdoor showers, decks, picnic tables, benches, bars, birdhouses, and many other carpentry and woodworking projects.

Woodworking Projects and Plans

Build a Deck

Deck Cutaway Detail

If you are interested in building a deck, visit Build a Deck and walk through the 10'x10' deck tutorial. This tutorial covers framing, footings, decking, building deck stairs, railing, and stair railing.

DIY Workbench Plans

These DIY workbench plans make good use of standard sized lumber to reduce excess waste. This workbench design also includes plans for optional side panels and doors.

Building a Patio Cover

These almost-free-standing patio cover plans might be just what you are looking for if your existing roof is not capable of supporting the weight of a patio cover roof.

Picnic Table Plans

It is not too early to get started on those Springtime woodworking projects! Build your own picnic table or other outdoor furniture items using the completely free plans on mycarpentry.com.

Plans for Outdoor Benches

Outdoor Benches - Building a bench is an easy woodworking project that can provide years of value.

Outdoor Shower Plans - Build Your Own Outdoor Shower

Outdoor Shower Plans - I designed and built this outdoor shower on some property located in the Hill Country of central Texas. The corrugated tin and western red cedar structure blended well with the local architecture.

Cedar Deck - Design and Build Your Own Cedar Deck

Cedar Deck - This article is an account of my experiences while building my own cedar deck in the hill country of Texas...

Patio Cover Plans - Build Your Own Deck Cover or Patio Cover

Using these patio cover plans as a guide, you can build your own covered patio or outdoor room...

Make your own truck ladder racks

Make your own ladder racks and save big bucks! When I was looking for racks to haul my canoe, I was surprised at how pricey the name brand racks were. I decided to do some research on materials that were available at the local hardware store and came up with these plans.

Carpentry Calculators

Stair Calculator

This free Stair Calculator is perfect for calculating stair rise and run, stair angle, stringer length, step height, tread depth, and the number of steps required for a given run of stairs. This online stair calculator comes in two flavors, Automatic and Manual. Check them out!

Roof Pitch Calculator

Use the Roof Pitch Calculator to calculate roof pitch, to calculate rafter length, and to determine the roof pitch angle, based on the rise and run and pitch of a rafter.

Arch Calculator

Use the Arch Calculator together with some easy to follow instructions, to create the perfect arch layout.

Woodworking Projects

The woodworking projects section contains free plans for building several small projects, ranging from birdhouses to picnic tables. These simple projects can easily be built in less than a day. Many of them can be built in less than an hour.

Free Picnic Table Plans
Free Picnic Table Plans - These picnic table plans are completely free outdoor furniture plans and a great addition to your wood outdoor furniture.
Outdoor furniture plans
Outdoor furniture plans - This section contains inexpensive patio furniture plans, wood outdoor furniture designs, and great deck ideas.
Bar Plans - Build your own Home Bar
Bar Plans - Build your own outdoor bar or indoor bar using these easy to build home bar plans. Use these plans to create your own bar design.
Build a Birdhouse - Easy to Build Bird House Plans
Build a birdhouse using these free bird house plans - Several great bird house plans that make use of old fence boards and other free materials.
Easy Craft Ideas - Decorate your home with homemade wooden crafts
Easy craft ideas - An Assortment of Holiday Craft Ideas.
Framing Carpentry
Framing Carpentry - Basic instruction on various framing techniques such as, framing a wall, framing a door, and roof framing.
Stairs and Landings - Calculate stair rise and run - Cut and build stairs
Stairs and Landings provides information about calculating stair rise and run, building stairs, building stairs with landings, and stair railing.
Green Building - Save Money and Conserve Resources
Green building - Learn what you can do to save money and conserve natural resources by building a patio cover and cistern installation.
Carpentry Tools - The essential list of tools for carpentry
Essential Carpentry Tools. This page describes the essential list of tools that you will need for your carpentry projects.
Carpentry Calculators - Calculate stairs - Roof Pitch Calculator - Area Calculator - Arch Calculator
Carpentry Calculators - includes a stair calculator, arch calculator, roof pitch calculator, and math calculators
Carpentry Math - Learn the basic math formulas used in carpentry
Carpentry math and formulas used for most carpentry projects.
Measure Conversion Chart
Measure Conversion Chart - These conversion charts convert various lengths, volumes, and weight values.
How-to Books
These how-to books and carpentry books, available through the amazon book store, provide a variety of information about every aspect of carpentry.
Build it yourself
Build it yourself - This page contains a list of web sites that complement myCarpentry.com.
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Woodworking Projects Blog
The Woodworking Projects Blog keeps you up-to-date with all additions and changes to the myCarpentry.com web site.
Scroll Saw Patterns
You can use these free scroll saw patterns for unique gift ideas or homemade gift ideas. You can also create decorations for your home or business.
mycarpentry articles
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myCarpentry Site Search
The myCarpentry site search page provides a search tool and links to carpentry calculators, framing carpentry, small woodworking projects and more.
Carpentry Terms
The following list of carpentry terms are commonly used among carpenters, engineers and architects.
Contact Us
Contact Us - Contact myCarpentry.com with any questions you may have about carpentry or general construction.
Woodworking Projects
Woodworking Projects - Small projects you could build in your back yard or on your home workbench.
Patio Cover Plans - Build Your Patio Cover or Deck Cover
Patio Cover Plans provides information on how to build a patio cover or deck cover.
Span Tables - Calculate Joist, Rafter and Wood Beam Spans
Span Tables - Use these tables to determine rafter span, ceiling joist span, and floor joist span

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