Canadian Woodworking Magazine - Top Ten Project Plans and Articles

Top Ten Articles and Project Plans

Canadian Woodworking's Top 10

To celebrate the 100th issue of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine we're showcasing our 10 most read projects of all time, along with our 10 most popular articles from finishing to hand tools, education to wood movement, there is something here for every woodworker.

Top 10 Projects

Build a Moxon Vice
Learn how you can build this versatile and extremely useful shop assistant. It’s really easy to build, and is always ready to lend a hand. Our web editor, Carl Duguay, hit it out of the park when he wrote this article in 2013. It holds the record for most views of a project on our website.
Build an Electric Guitar without Fancy Hand Tools
With a simple, planned approach, building a guitar is fairly straightforward. This is the first of a two-part article on how you can build one without specialized luthier tools.
Streamlined Workbench
A good workbench is one of the most important tools in a workshop. In addition to being a solid workhorse, this bench is also small enough that it doesn’t take up a lot of space, and is easy to build.
Hidden Compartment Bookshelf
This fun and functional project will also be the life of the party when everyone realizes there are three hidden compartments. Don’t tell anyone where the compartments are, as it’s a lot of fun for people to try and figure it out for themselves.
Shaker Workbench
A classic design, this fundamental bench has a tail and leg vice, lots of storage underneath, and is bombproof. Once you finish this gorgeous bench you will have a real hard time with that first scratch. But remember, this bench was made for your shop, not your dining room.
Carve a Hanging Hanky
With a solid approach, and a healthy dose of planning, this article brings you through all the necessary steps to carve a lifelike handkerchief hanging on a nail.
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Adjustable Cross-Cut Sled
Used for so many tasks around the table-saw, this accurate sled will improve your joinery and make working in the shop more precise, smoother, and safer.
Deacon’s Bench
Style, comfort and storage, all right at your front door. It’s no wonder this project is on our Top 10 list. With only a few curved pieces, the level of difficulty on this project isn’t too high. Just don’t tell your guests, as the finished bench looks like an advanced-level project.
Pint-Sized Workbench
This is the third workbench on this list, proving how crucial they are to working in a shop. This small bench is made to fit into a small space, yet be large on functionality. It has two vices, a tool tote, loads of storage underneath, and is rock solid, all on a small footprint.
Lumber Rack
This simple way to store rough lumber and miscellaneous strips of wood is a great addition to any shop and can be adjusted to any size. The required materials are not expensive and the techniques to build the rack are quite simple.

Top 10 Articles

12 Ways to Add Texture with Tools You Already Have
This article has been viewed more than any other on our website. Run, don’t walk, to your computer to learn what the excitement is about. You likely have most of these tools in your workshop already. All you need to do is put them to work and you’ll be able to add some texture to highlight your next project.
Tung Oil: Debunking the Myths
Finishing seems to have some ‘black magic’ associated with it, and Tung oil is one of the most misunderstood types of finishes. Learn the truth about a wonderful finish so you can use it properly on your next piece of furniture.
Which HVLP Spray Finishing System is Right For You?
Wiping a finish on is hard enough, but spraying it on? That’s impossible! Learn the basics about which HVLP spray system is best for you, then go on to read about spray technique, and you’ll be wondering why you didn’t purchase an HVLP sprayer years ago.
12 Tools to Start Building Fine Furniture
Sure, you need more than 12 tools to build furniture, but these carefully selected items will lead you down the path to heirloom quality furniture.
Hands-On Learning: Woodworking Classes in Canada
There are many ways to learn the craft of woodworking, but none quite as focused as taking a woodworking class, or enrolling in a woodworking school. Here’s a list of Canadian woodworking schools, with some details about the types of courses they offer.
Table Tops and Wood Movement
One of the rules every woodworker must learn (hopefully the easy way) is that wood moves. How to engineer a table top of any size that will not only hold together for years, but will not destroy the base it’s fastened to, is covered clearly in this article.
Dust Collection for the Home Shop
Dust is hazardous to our health if breathed in regularly. It also causes woodworkers to lose their tools if it’s not cleaned up regularly. Learn how to purchase, set up and use a dust collection system for your own small shop.
The Ins and Outs of Drawer Slides
Building and installing drawers are a big part of furniture-making. For a drawer to look and function properly, drawer slides must be selected and installed with care. Learn about the different types of slides right here
How to Build Solid Wood Countertops
Laminate counters are fine, but a solid wood countertop is simply stunning. Details about how to go about making, installing, finishing and caring for solid wood countertops are included.
Restoring Hand Planes
We all have at least one old plane that is too rough to provide good results with, yet has too much potential to throw away. Learn how to restore a hand plane, and breath life into an old hand plane.

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