Woodworking Projects & Basic Carpentry
Explore the many woodworking projects 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 span tables for joists and rafters.
Free online plans are also available for patio covers, outdoor showers, decks, picnic tables, benches, bars, birdhouses, and other carpentry and woodworking projects.
Woodworking Projects and Plans
Build a Deck
Learn how to
Build a Deck by walking through the seven pages of the
10'x10' deck tutorial. This tutorial covers
building deck stairs,
DIY Workbench Plans
Our workbench plans get the most out of standard-sized lumber to reduce excess waste. This workbench design also includes plans for optional side panels and doors. You can alter these plans, as needed, to suit your personal needs.
Building a Patio Cover
These almost-free-standing patio cover plans might be what you are looking for if your existing roof overhang cannot support the weight of a patio cover roof. These free-standing patio cover plans do not depend on any existing structure for support.
Picnic Table Plans
It is not too early to get started on those Springtime woodworking projects! Build your own picnic table or outdoor furniture carpentry projects using the free plans on mycarpentry.com.
Plans for Outdoor Benches
Outdoor Bench Plans provide lots of detail and are easy to follow. Building an outdoor bench is a woodworking project that can provide years of value.
Outdoor Shower Plans - Build an Outdoor Shower
Outdoor Shower Plans - I designed and built this outdoor shower on my property in the Texas Hill Country. The corrugated tin and western red cedar structure blended well with the local architecture.
Cedar Deck - Design and Build a Cedar Deck
Cedar Deck - This article is a step-by-step, detailed account of my experiences building a cedar deck in the hill country of central Texas.
Patio Cover Plans - Build Your Own Deck Cover or Patio Cover
patio cover plans as a tutorial and guide, you can design and build a patio cover or outdoor room yourself.
Make your own truck ladder-racks
Make your own ladder racks and save big bucks! When looking for racks to haul my canoe, I was surprised at how pricey the name-brand ladder racks were. I decided to do some research on materials that were available at the local hardware store and came up with these plans.
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 the roof pitch, rise, run, rafter length, and roof pitch angle. You can calculate the roof pitch by providing the rise and run rafter values. You can also calculate the rafter rise based on the rafter run and roof pitch.
Use the Arch Calculator to create the perfect arch layout. There are detailed instructions for laying out the calculated arch onto any material.
The woodworking projects section contains free plans for building several small projects, ranging from birdhouses to picnic tables. You can assemble most of the woodworking projects, on mycarpentry.com, in less than a day.
- 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.
- myCarpentry Disclaimer
- myCarpentry Disclaimer - While the information contained within the site is periodically updated, no guarantee is given that the information provided in this website is correct, complete, and/or up-to-date.
- 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
- mycarpentry articles - The carpentry experiences of Matt Bray
- 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