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Yarn Basket

Steps:10
This lovely yarn basket is a great portable storage unit for knitting supplies.
Materials
  • 1 yard of double-faced wool
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter
  • Grid ruler
  • Cutting mat
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Sewing pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Two wooden yardsticks
  • Clamps
  • Piece of scrap wood
  • Hand saw
  • Drill with 5/16-inch bit
  • 5/16-inch bolt with washer and nut
  • Two 5/16-inch dowels
  • Wood glue
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Bookcase Armoire

Steps:9
Materials
  • Paint (optional)
  • 2 bookcases with adjustable shelves
  • Rectangular piece of wood (for desk extension): the same thickness as a shelf, 1/2 inch shorter than the length of a shelf, no more than 14 inches wide
  • Rectangular piece of pegboard (the length of a shelf with a height equal to the space between the desk shelf and the shelf above)
  • Four 1-by-2-inch boards (for pegboard frame): 2 cut to the height of the pegboard and 2 cut to its length minus 3 inches
  • Hacksaw or jigsaw with a metal blade (to cut piano hinge)
  • 2 piano hinges (1 to attach bookcases and 1 to attach desk extension)
  • 5/8-inch screws (for hinges, if screws aren't included)
  • Electric drill
  • Screws that are 3/4 inch longer than the thickness of desk-side bookcase's back panel (to secure existing desk shelf and pegboard frame)
  • Lid stay or flap stay
  • Glass-bead or other molding (to secure Plexiglas), cut into strips: 5 pieces the length of a shelf, 8 pieces 2 1/2 inches long, and 2 pieces 8 1/2 inches long
  • Hand miter saw (to cut molding)
  • Hammer
  • 3-D 1-inch finish nails (to secure molding for Plexiglas)
  • 5 Plexiglas guards: 4 pieces cut 3 inches tall and to the length of a shelf and 1 piece cut 9 inches tall and to the length of a shelf
  • 3/4-inch screws (to attach pegboard to frame; for casters, if screws aren't included; and for L brackets, if using)
  • Draw-bolt latch or flush-mount lock (for armoire latch)
  • 8 casters (at least 1 inch)
  • Two 3-inch L brackets (to attach case to wall, optional)
  • Appropriate wall anchors and matching screws (for L brackets)
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Picture-Frame Card with Melissa Neufeld

Steps:10
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Souvenir Box

Steps:3
Gathering and displaying a few treasured things from a trip to France and a vacation in Italy recall the exciting days spent traveling.
Materials
  • Wooden box with sliding lid
  • Glass cut to lid size
  • Utility knife
  • Balsa wood
  • Small paintbrushes
  • Wood glue
  • Fluid acrylic paint
  • Craft glue, museum wax, or pins
  • Materials tip: To exhibit keepsakes that are best displayed standing up rather than mounted, begin with a wooden box that has a sliding lid. Replace the lid with glass (cut to size by a framer).
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Customizing Magazine Holders

Steps:6
A pile of magazines can contribute to unwanted clutter, but a magazine holder, or a collection of them, can serve as a great storage solution. Martha transforms a plain, inexpensive wooden magazine holder she found at Ikea into an elegant object for her kitchen shelf, using a finishing technique inspired by Japanese and Chinese lacquerware.
Materials
  • Wooden magazine holder
  • 150-grit sandpaper
  • Palm sander (optional)
  • 320- to 600-grit silicon-carbide sandpaper
  • Tack cloth
  • Paintbrush
  • Primer/sealer
  • Sponge brush
  • Paint
  • Varnish
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Colorful Crafting Table

Steps:5
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Suspended Shelf

Steps:5
Houdini wasn't the only one who could work magic using a length of chain. Read on for an easy way to conjure the stylish illusion of a space-saving suspended shelf with showstopping appeal.
Materials
  • Drill
  • Floating shelf
  • Four 2-inch loop hooks
  • Plumb bob
  • Screw anchors
  • Decorative chain (length based on your measurements)
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