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.

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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

Deck Cutaway Detail

Learn how to Build a Deck by walking through the seven pages of the 10'x10' deck tutorial. This tutorial covers framing, footings, decking, building deck stairs, railing, and stair railing.

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

Our 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

Using these 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.

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 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.

Arch Calculator

Use the Arch Calculator to create the perfect arch layout. There are detailed instructions for laying out the calculated arch onto any material.

Woodworking Projects

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.

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.
Easy Craft Ideas - Decorate your home with homemade wooden crafts
Easy craft ideas - An Assortment of Holiday Craft Ideas.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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Woodworking Projects
Woodworking Projects - Small projects you could build in your back yard or on your home workbench.
Build a Deck
Build a Deck - Design, Framing Options, Concrete Footings, Wood Decking, Deck Railing, Deck Stairs, and Deck Stair Railing
DIY Projects
DIY Projects - build your own deck; build a patio cover; framing a house; trim carpentry techniques; baseboard installation and install crown molding.

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