Can Crusher

When this reader set out to build one of our plans, he had a question:

In Michigan, where I am from, we recycle most pop/beer cans, however I drink a juice supplement for bad joints every day which does not have a bottle/can deposit on them. They are 100% recyclable aluminum so I have been saving them. Unfortunately, they take up a lot of room, so I decided to build your crusher. But a ways into the project I realized the cans are a different size. Taller and smaller in diameter. The diameter doesn’t matter but I am concerned about the taller height interfering with the insertion of the can into the crusher. The cans are 1/4″ taller than a standard 12 oz. pop/beer can. Do the plans allow for enough clearance for this?

- Bob in Michigan

After hearing from one of our staff that the Can Crusher plan offers 5 inches of clearance, we were happy to hear from Bob again:

Thank you it worked!

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Can Crusher With Can

Pine Chest

With so many readers saying one of their favorite parts about woodworking is giving their projects away to loved ones and strangers alike, it’s no surprise that this project ended up as a wedding gift (and with little time to spare).

Here are some pictures of a pine chest I made for my daughters wedding in October. As you can see it is lined with cedar on the inside and has oak slats on the outside. The brass hardware is solid cast brass and the hinges, handles and hasp are all hand forged (by various artisans around the country). Sorry for the background in these pictures, but as you might imagine, I was working on it up until three days before the wedding, and then it was loaded into the back of my pickup for an 800 mile ride.

- Steve Pedersen; El Cerrito, California

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pine chest front

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pine chest open

Modular Bunk Bed Setup

With the lighted book case, large storage drawers, and flexibility with arrangements, this project is not only a great looking piece; it’s also quite versatile.

Here’s a bunk bed I made for a friend and her two girls. It is a Long/Tall Twin loft bed with a separate Full bed below.

The full bed can be left in place, or moved to another location. There are also full depth storage drawers below the Full Bed and a built-in lighted book case for the Loft Bed.

- Tom Stephan; Toccoa, GA

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Tall Long Twin over Full

Extra Tall Loft bed

lighted book case

Laundry Table & Cabinet

With a project like this in the house, it almost makes you WANT to get the laundry done…

This is the built in laundry table / cabinet I made for our laundry room. The cabinet is 24″x74″ and is made from 3/4″ Birch plywood and red oak trim. The drawers are poplar with birch plywood bottoms and the drawer fronts are solid red oak strips laminated onto 1/2″ MDF, the base is 2×12 pine with a 1/4″ birch plywood skin, and the counter top is 25″x75″x2 black concrete backfilled with white Portland cement, polished and seal with food safe bees wax. The cabinet finish is 3 coats of satin General Finishes Arm-R-Seal. The entire unit weighs almost 400 lbs and had to be installed on site 1 piece at a time.

- Eric Ritschel; Jacksonville, FL

If you’d like some more inspiration for your laundry room, check out this other reader-submitted project.

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laundry table

Art Deco Humidor

While veneering is commonly used for humidors, the different veneers and other accent pieces used here provide some very unique colors and textures.

Here’s my latest humidor project, tribute to the Art Deco period.  Materials: Teal birdseye maple veneer, solid ebony accents, curly maple accents, macassar ebony veneer, 3/8″ Spanish cedar lining inside.  Weight: approx 23 lbs,  finished in lacquer.  Dimensions: 18-3/4″ x 13-1/4″ x 6-1/2″.  Capacity: approx 150 cigars (6 x 54)  Has one dovetailed tray and 1-1/2″ space underneath.

- Norberto J Macias

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humidor corner

humidor top

humidor open

humidor tray

Curvy Jewelry Box

This unique project could arguably be considered more beautiful than anything that could be put in its drawers.

This is a jewelry box that I finished just in time for my daughters birthday. The case is curly maple. I popped the grain with amber dye, sanded back to reveal the long grain.

The front door and the drawer fronts were cut from a piece of Indonesian Rosewood that I book-matched.

The legs and pulls are also rosewood. The standoffs for the legs are walnut.

The finish is home-brewed Maloof oil. I applied Butcher’s wax a couple of weeks after the oil cured.

The drawers are all lined with red felt and have maple dividers. - Al Bibbero; Boulder, CO

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Apothecary Cabinet

This stunning piece showcases some beautiful stock, wonderful details, and spot-on hardware selection.

I have attached pictures of  an apothecary cabinet I just completed.  The primary wood is bubinga.  The internal wood is baltic birch.  Drawer face fronts are 2″ x 3 5/8″.  The Chinese characters are handcarved into the face fronts and filled with Rockler’s wonder wood filler.  Finish is danish oil and General Finishes satin poly blend. The bottom cabinet is lined with Chinese calligraphy.

- Robert Topness

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Oversize Pine Dining Room Table

With so many different table designs out available, sometimes the simplest design is best, especially with some nicely-figured lumber to work with.

Oversize Pine dining room table with bread board ends. 8-1/2 feet long by 44 inches wide with 2-inch thick table top stock.

- Dexter B. Johnson II

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pine table 1

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Toy Car Storage Case

This reader-submitted project is a handsome way to keep those pesky toy cars put away and organized.

This is a storage/carrying case that I made for my grandson to use for his collection of small model cars.  The sides, inserts and handle are of solid cherry and the top and bottom is cherry plywood.

- Willis Dennis; Queenstown, MD

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car case 1

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