Use a Drill Press as a Lathe


Whenever I need a small turned item, I resort to tricking my drill press into thinking it’s a lathe. This method is slower — you abrade the material using sandpaper or files instead of shaving it away with chisels — but with patience you can get good results. Here’s how... Read more »

Salt and Pepper Well


From regular MAKE contributor Len Cullum, a simple and elegant woodworking project for the picnic basket or the dining table. Make one for yourself or someone special, and learn a new trick while you're at it — how to use a drill press as a lathe for turning small wooden... Read more »

Low Horses


Constructed using a two by four and a couple of hand tools, low horses are cheap and easy to build. Anything will do, but hardwoods like oak or hickory are best. When choosing your wood, always choose the clearest and straightest lumber available. The most important element is line connecting.... Read more »



Use a simple mortise-and-tenon joint to make these fine looking shop horses that you will use every day and will last a lifetime. Read more »