hobbyists' Projects

The Wonders of White Oak Wood

What on earth would bourbon taste like without it? Since the 19th century, charred white oak barrels have played an important part in the distinctive flavor of American whiskey.

Make a Scene

Bring your model railroad to life by creating a backdrop that completes the environment. Using enlarged nature photos can set the scene for your locomotive, giving onlookers a sense of realism.

Chip Carving - Signs and Designs

Chip carving is a great method for creating custom plaques and wayfinding signs. Download the provided border and decorative element templates to incorporate into your next project.

Santa’s Workshop Designs

Let everyone know where the magic happens with these fun Santa’s Workshop Designs. Just click and print and you’re ready to start carving!

Pumpkin Carving Like a Pro

Use your carving skills for the holidays, and become a master pumpkin carver! Your woodworking tools will cut pumpkins like butter, and you will be the envy of the neighborhood with the intricate designs and effects you can create.

Homemade Wood Games

Get creative with your wood carving tools and get ready to play some games! The classic games you might have played as a child never go out style. Games like Chinese checkers, dominos and mancala are perfect examples.

Model Ship Building

Seeing a life size ship from the 1800s can be impressive. But shrink that same ship down to 1:24 scale, and it becomes almost impossible to look away. Miniature steering wheels.

Getting Started with Letter Carving

Carving letters and words into wood can be one of the more challenging projects to tackle in woodworking, but with a little patience and practice, it can be a skill worth having.

Chip Carving Tips and Techniques

Chip carving can be great skill to have for both beginnings and seasoned carvers. Chip carvings can be achieved with very few tools and a fairly simple technique. Chip carving is perfect for creating patterns and beautiful decorative designs on objects.

Model Airplane Graphics Using Vinyl Stencils

Adding detail and personalization to your model airplanes with the use of vinyl stencils or masking techniques can really make your project soar. You can create layers of colors and details when you pair it with your airbrush.

Making Mistakes: Mistakes Quotes

Mistakes happen. We all know it. We are supposed to learn and grow from them. But that can be deceptively harder than it sounds.

Handmade Heirloom Boxes

When contemplating creating a handmade gift, an heirloom box is an excellent option. It’s the perfect opportunity to commemorate a big occasion like a birth, wedding, or retirement.

Decking Tiny Halls

We all love the sparkling lights adorning our homes during the holidays! But we don’t always love braving the cold and climbing up ladders to put them up.

Carving Leaves and Foliage into Wood

Leaves are one of the most common decorative elements carved into ornamental wood pieces, and it is definitely a skill worth having from the beginning to master woodcarver.

Technology and Model Trains

Every model train hobbyist can most likely remember their very first train they ever received. Toy trains became extremely popular in the 1950’s, and today the hobby still attracts a large community of model railway enthusiasts.

Model Train Backdrops

So, you have created the perfect model railroad, including a fully landscaped environment, and you want to take it a step further and create a visual backdrop to complete the whole scene.

Woodworking With Kids

If you are a woodworker, you know the satisfaction of creating and finishing a project. You can increase that satisfaction on your next project by inviting a young person to help you.


Dollhouses have been around for thousands of years. In fact, early examples have been found in Egyptian tombs.

Working with Leather: Project Ideas

Leather has proven to be a timeless and durable canvas. Detailed imagery and patterns can be worked into the soft canvas. You’ll find ornate leather art in anything from belts to book covers.

The Art of Antiquing & Distressing Wood

Sometimes a new wood project or a brand new piece of furniture can get an uplift by making it look old. Antiquing a piece of wood or furniture piece can instantly change the mood of a piece and add one-of-a-kind character.

Creative Woodworking Cars: Pinewood Derby Ideas

Robot car, tank, or a wedge of cheese—anything goes in the pinewood derby! Building a derby car is the perfect-sized project to complete with children. Here are some things to keep in mind!

Building a Model Airplane from a Kit

Have you ever considered model airplane building as a hobby? Building one from a kit might be a great way to start. With a little preparation, and a few tools you can be well on your way to a fun new hobby.

Wood Staining Techniques & Tips

Applying stain to a wood carving is a great way to enhance the natural beauty of the wood. Here are some tips to avoid some common staining pitfalls.

Weathering Your Model Trains

The art of "weathering" your model trains and scenery is the process of making them distressed-looking or worn.

Creative Dollhouse Furniture

In the 1:12 scale world anyone can be an expert carpenter. With a little imagination, it’s possible to make some pretty believable dollhouse furniture.

Painting Wood with Washes

Painting your wood carvings with opague colors might not always be the effect you are striving for.

Chip Carving

There are many techniques and ways to carve wood. One of the basic methods, and great for beginners is Chip carving.

Spoon up Your Next Carving

Wooden spoon making has a history that is centuries old. The wooden spoon has been around since people realized they could carve into wood.