Woodworking Essentials Chapter 5: Boxes & Drawers

Nick Engler shares his best tips and tricks for making boxes and drawers with a router. Nick Engler shares his best tips and tricks for making boxes and drawers with a router. He covers dovetails half-blind tongue-and-rabbet joints lipped half-blind dovetails and...

Greene & Greene Picture Frame

Details shaped by hand and eye define the style. This frame (for a picture here but it could also serve for a mirror) was built for a class to teach lay out and use of shaped details. In several of the homes designed by the Greenes items as small as light switches and...

Bent Wood Ash Clock

Explore the art of bending wood and see what shapes you can create like we did in designing and building this one-of-a-kind clock. Explore the art of bending wood and see what shapes you can create like we did in designing and building this one-of-a-kind clock. This...

Slider Box

You will enjoy making this box patterned after the candle boxes once made by the Shakers. You will enjoy making this box patterned after the candle boxes once made by the Shakers. Step-by-step photos and instruction teach you how to make a raised panel and cut grooves...

There’s No Point Box

There’s no mystery behind the name of this project—it’s a drawer box with no point on top—which makes it perfect for sitting a little something on it and some beautiful jewelry mementos or even a nice set of socket drivers inside. There’s no mystery...

Treasure This Box

There are no doubloons inside but everyone who sees it will covet this beautiful treasure chest. There are no doubloons inside but everyone who sees it will covet this beautiful treasure chest. You’ll learn how to master techniques that include cutting...

Watch Out for the Curves Box

This project plan is so rewarding to make in so many ways. This project plan is so rewarding to make in so many ways. Based on the French curve a fixed shape that’s used as the starting point for designs using complex curves this box will teach you how to...

What’s Cookin Recipe Box

Nothing says home like family recipes and this box is the perfect size in which to store your favorite ones. Nothing says home like family recipes and this box is the perfect size in which to store your favorite ones. (This box holds 3 X 5-inch cards but Project plans...

Why Don’t You Write? Box

This box is specifically made to hold letters and so handsome that you might be willing to abandon email in order to fill it up. This box is specifically made to hold letters and so handsome that you might be willing to abandon email in order to fill it up. Learn how...

Two Drawer Valet

We were drawn to the design and character of this piece and we know you will be too. We were drawn to the design and character of this piece and we know you will be too. Perfect for smaller spaces yet large enough to comfortably store clothes and accessories the...

Pennsylvania Spice Box

Choose a raised-panel door or a marquetry door (like the original) for this heirloom 18th century spice box which also can be used as a jewelry box. Choose a raised-panel door or a marquetry door (like the original) for this heirloom 18th century spice box which also...

Pennsylvania Spice Box Part II: Inlay Door with a Router

The complimentary plan for the Pennsylvania spice box. In Popular Woodworking’s December issue Glen shared plans for building a Pennsylvania spice box. In this article he shows readers how to make a beautiful inlay door for the spice box using a router and a...

Dining Room Tray

Build this simple and elegant reproduction of a shaker silverware tray and you will become a maestro with a hammer. Build this simple and elegant reproduction of a shaker silverware tray and you will become a maestro with a hammer. What you get: Step-by-step photos...

Drawer Primer: Sliding-Lid Box

Take our super-quick drawer-making technique for a test drive by building this box. Take our super-quick drawer-making technique for a test drive by building this box. The sliding lid makes it ideal for holding candles or chisels. What you get: Step-by-step photos...

Pencil Box

This brief article outlines how to build a pencil box from one piece of wood that is routed out. This brief article outlines how to build a pencil box from one piece of wood that is routed out. The box is lozenge-shaped and had a single lid that lifts to reveal three...