The table saw is the centerpiece around which most woodshops are organized. This King of all Woodworking Machines can perform so many tasks that it truly is the one machine in which I'd recommend buying the best tool that you can afford.
Once you have a great table saw, you'll need some projects to build. Here are some of my favorites:
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While a bird feeder is a typical beginner woodworking project, it doesn't have to look like one. With this set of woodworking plans, you can build a very attractive cedar bird feeder that will last for years exposed to the weather, and the plexiglass sides will allow you to see just how much bird seed is left within the feeder before you need to refill. A fun and relatively easy woodworking project that looks great!
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A full-length mirror is a welcome addition to any dressing room or bedroom, as it allows one to see their entire ensemble from head to toe. While the function is obviously first and foremost with a full-length mirror, the mirror frame can add a touch of elegance to the piece. This tall oak mirror frame is a relatively simple project to build and one that adds class to any bedroom or dressing room.
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Are you looking for a woodworking project that you can build as a gift for the person who has everything? This might be just the ticket. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build a hardwood bread slicing tray. The slatted bottom allows you to slice bread and the crumbs fall below to the counter below, allowing you to take freshly sliced bread directly to the table without all of the messy crumbs. Best of all, the slatted bread trap slips out of the carrier, and if you wanted to be creative, you could create a matching cutting board that would slip into the carrier to double as a serving tray! A fun woodworking project!
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Walk through the parking lot at nearly any college or professional football game in the USA and you'll see tailgaters playing Cornhole. In spite of the somewhat dubious name, the game is a bean bag toss onto a game board. It's a lot of fun, and with these free woodworking plans, you can learn how to build your own game board to play at your next tailgating or barbecue.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Washers is another fun game that is popular for backyard barbecues. The game is similar to horseshoes, except that players throw large flat washers at a game board with three holes for scoring points. This is a really addictive game, and you can build your own set of boards likely out of scrap lumber left over from other projects. Once you build one set, all of your guests will be asking for you to build a set for their backyard. It's that much fun!
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Cove-style, raised panel cabinet doors are very popular in North America, but to make them typically requires an expensive panel raising router bit set and a router table. With this set of cove raised panel doors, you can do the panel raising right on your table saw. A very useful way to make cabinet doors.
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If cove-style raised panel cabinet doors aren't the look you'd like for your kitchen, maybe a simpler slab-style door, which is very popular in Europe, would match your needs better. Learn how to build these basic but very useful cabinet doors with these free plans.
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If you have a lot of pans in your kitchen, particularly heavy cast iron pans that really should be stored in a hanging position, you'll love this simple rustic pot rack. Built from rough-cut cedar and a couple of rods, this quick and easy project looks fantastic with a full set of pots and pans. It takes about two hours to build from start to finish, your kitchen will never be the same.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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If you have a craft or sewing room in your house, you likely have a lot of materials that you need to store but still be able to access easily. In this step-by-step woodworking project, learn how to build a useful craft storage center. As a bonus, the plans also walk you through building an optional ironing board that mounts on the unit.
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A bookcase is really just a sturdy, open-faced cabinet that is strengthened to support the weight of heavy books or other items to be displayed. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build a two-shelf, under-window bookcase out of plywood with trimmed edges for a clean, finished look.
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Dimensional lumber pieces available in today's lumberyards aren't always straight or square, which can make building a project challenging. A jointer can help to straighten out twisted or warped boards, but what do you do if you don't have a jointer? Try this table saw jointer jig that you can build from scrap material in your shop.