Woodworking Projects for Advanced Woodworkers

These Sets of Free Woodworking Plans May Be Challenging for Beginners

Getting started in woodworking can be a daunting task, but once a novice has developed his or her skill level beyond the basics, it may be time to consider building a more challenging woodworking project. The following seven sets of free woodworking plans are probably a bit too ambitions for a beginner, but should be right in the wheelhouse of woodworkers who have developed a solid skill set.

  • 01 of 07
    Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker
    Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker. (c) 2009 Chris Baylor

    If you're looking for a challenging project, take a look at this Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker. This unique take on the Adirondack chair has a curved seat for comfort, ample seating for two and a smooth, gliding action. Does this sound like a project that you'd like to tackle? Download the free woodworking plans, which include a printable measured drawing and bill of materials to match the article's step-by-step building instructions.

  • 02 of 07
    Modular Coffee Table
    Modular Coffee Table. (c) 2007 Chris Baylor

    If you're looking for a versatile addition to your living room, check out this modular coffee table set. These two matching, glass-topped tables can be positioned in a number of ways to match various living room layouts, or be used separately. The woodworking envelops the glass to give a clean look to the entire project, and the center shelf provides additional storage where the contents can be seen through the glass table top. Download the free woodworking plans and build your own modular...MORE coffee table set.

  • 03 of 07
    Tall Oak Mirror
    Tall Oak Mirror. (c) 2007 Chris Baylor

    Every bedroom and dressing room needs a full-length mirror. Why not show off your woodworking skills at the same time? This set of free woodworking plans is for an attractive tall oak mirror. The mirror frame is designed to accommodate a standard 16" x 60" mirror, giving the mirror a very elegant look. The project isn't all that complicated, but requires a very precise construction, while the finish will make all of the difference. Want to build one? Download the free plans with the...MORE measured drawings that can be printed and taken to the woodshop.

  • 04 of 07
    Cabinet Carcase
    Cabinet Carcase. (c) 2006 Chris Baylor

    Many woodworkers decide to learn the craft with the idea of building their own kitchen cabinets. There are a number of different cabinet styles needed to outfit a kitchen. In this list, find articles that outline how to build each of the base or wall cabinets from which you might choose to outfit your kitchen with all of the storage that you'll need!

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  • 05 of 07
    Portable Miter Saw Stand
    Portable Miter Saw Stand. (c) 2007 Chris Baylor

    A compound miter saw is ideal for making angled cuts on wood, but outside of the woodshop, using a miter saw can be a bit of a challenge. Long boards need to be supported on each end of the saw, and placing the saw on the ground can make the cut line difficult to see. Looking for a solution? Try this portable miter saw stand. It's centered around a long center beam, so the design allows you to build the stand as long as you need it. The two removable leg sections keep the saw positioned...MORE where you can easily see the cut line and the moveable board supports can be positioned anywhere along the beam on each side of the saw. Sound like a project you'd like to build? Download the free woodworking plans today!

  • 06 of 07
    Wine Rack
    Wine Rack. (c) 2007 Chris Baylor

    Wine lovers will love this woodworking project: a wine rack that securely holds 13 bottles of wine horizontally along side hanging storage for up to 12 wine glasses. I found this to be a perfect addition to the kitchen, as I was able to set it on top of the refrigerator for easy access without taking up counter space. This is a bit of a complex project to build, particularly for finishing. However, once you're done, you'll find that it shows off your wine and glasses like no other wine...MORE rack. Download the free woodworking plans to build one today!

  • 07 of 07
    Louvered Window Shutter
    Louvered Window Shutter. (c) 2008 Chris Baylor

    Louvered window shutters or doors are great for allowing free-flow of air through a window opening or between a closet and a room. They are sturdy and provide considerable privacy, while providing a look that a screen cannot match. However, they can be a little bit complicated to make, because they require very accurate placement of the mounts in the rails to make each louver parallel to one another. Fortunately, with a router and a jig, making consistent louvers isn't that difficult. Learn...MORE how in this set of free woodworking plans.