Woodworking Projects using Basic Carpentry

Woodworking projects are fun to build!  I have been a professional carpenter for many years, but I also enjoy building things out of wood in my free time.  Almost everywhere you look inside and outside of my home, you will find something that I built; picture frames, furniture, a patio cover, a bar for the patio, shelves, games, flooring, and on and on...

When you build your own carpentry projects, you have unique, one-of-a-kind items, that can't be purchased at any store.  And, since you have custom made the item, it is exactly the size, shape, and color that you want.

Simple Workbench Plans

These simple 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. 

Easy Bench Plans - Build Your Own Custom Bench

Easy Bench 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. 

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 pricy 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

One of the many useful features of mycarpentry.com is the carpentry calculators section.  They include the roof pitch calculator (for calculating roof pitch and slope), the cubic yard calculator (for estimating concrete), and the arch calculator (for calculating the elliptical curve of archways).

The stair calculator is also a very useful calculator, and comes in two flavors (automatic and manual), for calculating the rise and run of stairs in a variety of design scenarios. 

Both Stair Calculators provide stringer diagrams with the results labeled on each section (Total Rise, Total Run, Step Height, etc.).  The stinger diagrams automatically update, depending on which attachment method you choose (standard or flush).

Small Woodworking Projects

The small 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.

Build Your Own Deck

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

Deck Building

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Small Woodworking Projects
Small Woodworking Projects - Small projects you could build in your back yard or on your home workbench.
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.
Bench Plans - Build your own custom wood bench
Bench Plans - Build your own custom wood bench using these free wooden bench plans, deck bench or picnic table bench.
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.
Free Bird Feeder Plans
Free Bird Feeder Plans - these homemade bird feeder plans are made from cedar fence boards. You can make your own bird feeder
Easy Craft Ideas - Decorate your home with homemade wooden crafts
Easy craft ideas - Halloween Crafts, Fall Crafts, and Christmas 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.
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.
How to build
How to build tutorials - build your own deck; framing a house; trim carpentry techniques; baseboard installation and simple crown molding.
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.
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
Measure Conversion Chart
Measure Conversion Chart - These conversion charts convert various lengths, volumes, and weight values.
Carpentry Terms
The following list of carpentry terms are commonly used among carpenters, engineers and architects.
How-to Books
These how-to books, available through the amazon book store, provide a variety of information about every aspect of carpentry.
Quality Building
Learn quality building through proven building patterns. The quality without a name.bubble type level to iPhone applications.
Build it yourself
Build it yourself - This page contains a list of web sites that complement myCarpentry.com.
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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.
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.
Building a Deck
Building a Deck - Design, Framing Options, Concrete Footings, Wood Decking, Deck Railing, Deck Stairs, and Deck Stair Railing