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Are you looking for a set of free woodworking plans for building a piece of furniture or accessories for your living room, bedroom or office? Check out this list of woodworking furniture plans, including a pair of modular coffee tables, a set of plans to build an under-window bookcase, an Adirondack loveseat glider rocker and more. Each set of free woodworking plans includes a measured drawing and bill of materials.

1. Modular Coffee Table

Modular Coffee Tables
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If you have a couch or sofa in your living room, chances are you either have, or could use a coffee table. Well, we've taken the coffee table one step further. In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build a matching pair of modular, glass-topped coffee tables. Two of these tables can be arranged together in a number of ways to make one larger coffee table, or they can be used independently as end tables. They have casters hidden underneath to make re-arranging the tables a snap, and are a surprisingly easy project to build.

2. Under-Window Bookcase

Under-Window Bookcase
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A bookcase is a terrific project for woodworkers of all abilities. Building a bookshelf employs many of the same techniques used when building cabinets, but adds a number of moldings that not only dress out the bookcase, it requires a level of precision that will greatly enhance the woodworker's skill level. With these free woodworking plans, you'll build a bookshelf designed to fit under a window sill. You can make the bookcase out of any type of wood you choose, but the most popular will be to use oak or pine. The bookcase displayed in the pictures on the following pages was made using birch plywood with pine moldings.

3. Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker

Adirondack Loveseat Glider Rocker
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Patio furniture can be expensive. Fortunately, you can put your woodworking skills to good use and build some great pieces of patio furniture for a lot less than it would cost to buy (and you'll have the benefit of knowing just how well you built it!). In this set of free woodworking plans, learn how to build a Loveseat Glider Rocker based on a very comfortable Adirondack chair design. This glider rocker is very roomy and comfortable for two people, whether you choose to add cushions or sit on the wood directly. The rocking motion is smooth and the wide arm rests are a great place to set a cool drink while you're relaxing.

4. Tall Oak Mirror

Tall Oak Mirror
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Every dressing room or bedroom should have a full-length mirror. A large, elegant mirror is not only functional, but adds a lot to the look of the room. In this set of free woodworking plans, walk step-by-step through the process of building a tall oak mirror. This is a relatively simple project to build, but one that gives a lot of satisfaction when completed.

5. Oak Book Stand

Oak Book Stand
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Many people who have a number of books on display in their homes like to use book stands to show off their favorites. Coffee table books, with their beautiful layout and often breathtaking photography are commonly displayed on a book stand. In this set of free woodworking plans, walk step-by-step through building a hardwood book stand that, when finished with shellac, will be attractive enough to display almost any hardcover book. This woodworking project is relatively easy to build, and takes only about an hour of actual woodworking.

6. Modular Wine Rack

Modular Wine Rack
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A wine rack is a very common beginner's woodworking project. However, I think this particular modular wine rack is an enjoyable project for any woodworker, as it requires making some curved cuts and dadoes. For such a simple project, numerous people have commented on just how attractive the rack becomes when a few are stacked together and filled with wine. Because of its sturdy, yet modular design, there really isn't much of a limit as to how many units can be assembled on top of one another. In the picture above, we have stacked five of the units together to hold 30 bottles.

7. Wine Rack with Wine Glass Storage

Wine Rack with Wine Glass Storage
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A wine rack can be a very nice addition to nearly any decor. In this set of free woodworking plans, we take the traditional wine rack one step further. We've designed a wine rack that holds 13 bottles of wine, but it also contains a wine glass rack that will easily hold twelve wine glasses. The unit is perfectly suited for placing on top of a refrigerator, as shown in the picture on this page. This unit can be built using pretty much any type of wood you'd like, and can be stained or painted. In the case of the prototype you'll see as you go through the plans, we were fortunate enough to procure some nice material that was "rescued" from a local restaurant as it was being gutted for remodeling.

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