DIY Building Projects

Great DIY projects and building plans for anyone who can swing a hammer.

Making Your Own Tools

By Brian Kaller

Forging metal means a lot of time standing over the fire, holding the metal – with tongs, obviously – in just the right place to get the proper amount of heat, and withdrawing it at just the right moment. Too much heat and it sparks and disintegrates, too little and no amount of hammering can budge it. Movie blacksmiths look like bodybuilders slamming white-hot metal with sledgehammers; the reality involves a lot more frantic and often delicate tapping, as the smith has only a few seconds to make the right changes before it cools again.

How to Make an Axe

By Bill Coperthwaite

Axe making can pose challenges, but follow these lessons learned to simplify this rewarding DIY tool project and learn how to make an axe.

The Forge: Master the Ancient Art of Metalworking

By John Vivian

John Vivian's guide to mastering the ancient art of metalworking takes you from basic tools to working with metals as various as bronze and high-carbon steel.

Making Soap: Yes You Can!

By Deb Tejada

Soap-making is fairly easy and rewarding, especially when you make a soap that’s better than anything you can buy.


An Introduction to Soap Making

By Anna Twitto

Let your creative side shine while learning to make artisan cold process soap made with ingredients needing to be used before expiration.

Learning Beginning Carpentry Skills

By Pat Stone

Learn beginner-level carpentry skills, including the fundamentals of build such as measuring, marking, cutting, nailing, tools, and other aids.

Build This Cozy Cabin

By Steve Maxwell

Anyone with basic carpentry skills can construct this classic one-room cozy cabin for about $6,500.

Hobby Space Workbench

By Jake Lasorsa and Hannah Kincaid

Dedicate a spot to your hobbies and projects, and then craft a built-in workbench to manage those creative jobs with ease.

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