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    Custom Wood Travel Mug Using Stave Construction

    Woodworkers are constantly on the lookout for good projects that can be built quickly and given as gifts to friends and family members. This custom wooden travel mug project scores a bullseye on that front, providing a highly coveted item that will be useful to any person on your list. The project features stave construction,… Read more »

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    Manage Your Power Tool Cords with Cord Wraps

    Nobody wants a rat’s nest of wires in their shop. With every power tool you own having its own power cord, it’s easy for the cords to become a huge mess, tangled onto each other. Contributing Editor AJ Moses has tried a bunch of different cord wraps, looking for the best solution for this problem…. Read more »

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    Essentials of Good Design Part 3: Steps in Making Furniture

    If you are following along in our design series, you know that we’ve covered some fundamentals of design, as well as some specific details on the wood furniture design process. Now we take our designs into the shop and talk about some fundamentals of making furniture as Willie Willette of Willie Willette Works shares some… Read more »

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    Essentials of Good Design Part 2: Furniture Design Process

    As we explored furniture design process in part one of this series, we learned about some of the basics of wood furniture design. Now as we continue on into part two, we get into more of the detail of the furniture design process as Willie Willette of Willie Willette Works shares some of the expertise… Read more »

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    Working With Pallet Wood

    Working with pallet wood is all the rage these days. It makes sense. Pallet wood is typically free, and can yield some great looking material. Couple that with the fact that you’re recycling (or upcycling) and it’s a win-win. The problem? Getting the pallets apart. We’ll help you out with that. Tough as Nails Think… Read more »

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    Essentials of Good Design Part 1: Wood Furniture Design

    Unfortunately nobody is born with standout capabilities in wood furniture design. Many of us have developed our skills in the shop to form whatever joinery is necessary for nearly any given project, and apply a beautiful and durable finish to serve as the perfect complement, but one area where many of us admit to struggling… Read more »

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    Cutting Plywood Without a Table Saw

    Plenty of projects call for plywood or other sheet stock. If you don’t own a table saw, you might figure those projects are out of reach for you. Not so! Dave Munkittrick has come up with a great way to handle sheet goods. If you have a plywood-hungry project in mind, check out Dave’s great… Read more »

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    Introduction to Benchtop CNC

    One of the most popular new woodworking innovations is the benchtop CNC. CNC technology has revolutionized the cabinetmaking industry over the past decade, and now affordable benchtop CNC machines are entering the marketplace at a price point where small shop professionals and hobbyists can take advantage of this technology to perform detailed carving. The possibilities… Read more »

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    Electric Chainsaw + Log = Wood Turning Blanks

    Bowl turners are typically scroungers. They’re constantly on the lookout for cool looking logs they can turn into bowls. Once you’ve got the log, how do you handle it to easily and safely turn it into a wood turning blank? Here’s one approach. Why Logs? When a tree is first cut down, the wood will… Read more »

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    Safe Feed Direction With a Hand-Held Router Fence

    Adding a router fence to your hand-held router provides a great enhancement to one of the most versatile tools in your shop. A good quality router fence enables you to mill grooves, dadoes, and flutes, consistently following the edge of your wood router projects. Without a router fence, you are limited in the accuracy and… Read more »