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The Ultimate Mother’s Day Patio Style Gift Basket

Hunting for a great Mother's Day gift idea? Mix-and-match these items to create a gift basket filled with outdoor decor for porch or patio.

How to Build a Backyard Swing

Easy enough for a beginner, comfortable enough for a perch


How to Build a Planter with String Light Pole

Plants and string lights add festivity to your porch or deck .


How to Renew Wooden Fences

Shabby to handsome in three easy steps


12 Shed Storage Ideas to Organize Your Space At Last

Don't let your shed become disorganized or overrun with junk! Instead, turn it into a well-lit, useful space that has...

No-Gimmick Fence Clamps

You may think this woodworking gadget is a gimmick at first glance, but it works!


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How to Estimate a Concrete Order

Calculate concrete prices and how many cubic yards of concrete you need for a walk, driveway or basement. How much...

10 Front Porch Ideas That You’ll Love

Dress up your front porch to increase your home's curb appeal and make it a spot that's as inviting as...


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The 2017 Double-Duty Pub Shed

The perfect party spot, plus tons of storage. This pub shed features both a shaded patio and bar. And lets...


How to Build a Porch: Screen Porch Construction

Add an enclosed screen porch to your house using basic framing and deck building techniques.


Latticework Porch Trellis

Create a beautiful partition of privacy for your front porch.

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Saturday Morning Workshop: Outdoor Trestle Bench

Beautify your patio, deck or porch this summer with this attractive, easy-to-construct outdoor trestle bench.


Build an Indoor Water Fountain

Create a tiny natural waterfall in your living room with indoor water fountains.


Quick Table Saw Fence

Check out this clever workshop tip!


Ripping Thin Strips the Safe Way

Ripping thin strips right against the fence can be dangerous, see the safe way to rip thin strips.


Table Saw Sled for Cutting Strips

Make cutting strips on your table saw much safer with this tip.

A Good Way to Cut Plastic Laminate

My favorite method for cutting plastic laminate to size is the table saw with a crosscutting blade. But you shouldn't...


Risky Use of Auxiliary Fence on a Table Saw

Cut mitered edges on the left edge of the board. This way you need no auxiliary fence, no gymnastics to...


Fence-Straddling Push Stick

Cut a hole for a dowel handle in the top of the push stick to keep your hand safely away...


Finally Build Your Dream Shed

Build your dream shed with easy access, storage galore and a private porch for lounging. Here's how to do it:


Routing to a T

An older-model drafting T-square—the kind with a wooden and plastic crosspiece—makes a great fence for routing dadoes for shelves in...


Quick and Accurate Dado Cuts

Here’s a neat trick to speed up cutting dadoes for shelves and other cabinet projects. Attach a 2-in. high wood fence...


Dado a Rabbet

You can precisely cut rabbets on cabinet and drawer parts if you clamp or bolt a 3/4-in. thick plywood fence...


Miter Saw Tuneup

If your miter saw isn’t cutting square, the problem is easy to fix. Unplug the saw, loosen the fence bolts,...

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Spring Clamp Stop Block

Here’s a stop block that’ll work great on every fence in your shop. Make an L-shaped block to ride upside...


Magnetic Fence for Drill Press or Band Saw

Pick up a Shop-Mag and use it as a fence for repeated accuracy on your drill press or band saw.


Magnetic Band Saw Fence

An 18-in. magnetic tool holder holds firm for accurate cuts and tiny fence-to-blade adjustments are made with the tap of...


Spring-Clamp Stop Block

Cutting boards to the same length on a table saw or miter saw? Make an L-shaped block from scrap wood...


Picture-Perfect Picture Frames

To cut frame moldings faster, build this plywood miter gauge. You won't have to adjust to a conventional miter fence...


Chip-Swallowing Router Fence

This made-from-scraps router fence—along with your shop vacuum— collects wood chips while you work.