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  • Tom’s Knife Making Experience

    George’s friend, Tom, dropped in at the shop and spent some time talking about his knife making experiences. Tom isn’t forging blades, he’s adding handles to knife blanks that he buys. This is a great way to make a wonderful custom gift for someone, or to make high quality knives for yourself, without spending a…

  • How to Make a Sapele and Birch Trivet

    Here’s a simple project that looks great, and could easily burn up some of that scrap wood you’ve been hoarding for years. This elegant trivet will grace your table, and you can be sure friends will be asking for trivets for their tables, too. Download this as a PDF here Prepping the Wood Check the…

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  • How to Make an iPad, iPhone, Tablet, or Smartphone Stand

    This clever and gorgeous iPad stand is a great last-minute gift project; you can complete it over the course of 2 to 3 days. The stand has both a high and a low setting, and to amaze the audience, the leg seems magically held in place! The secret? Small rare earth magnets. Almost everyone has…

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  • Two-Door Ice Box

    Although refrigerators long ago rendered them obsolete, antique oak ice boxes remain popular with collectors, even though they’re expensive and hard to find. This do-it-yourself version is neither: it’s both inexpensive and easy to build. An authentic reproduction of an original, the project is especially popular when used as a bar, but it has many…

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  • Display Cabinet

    Wall-mounted or placed on a table or countertop, this handsome display cabinet is the perfect way to share any collection while keeping it clean and protected at the same time. Featuring tempered glass doors and three shelves, the cabinet’s design calls for all straight cuts and straightforward construction techniques (simple cut-outs give the effect of…

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  • DIY Plant Table Plan

    Plant Table

    This DIY plant table is the perfect place to prepare plants for the garden. It’s also a great spot for repotting or for isolating diseased plants. The project is about 34 inches tall – standard counter height – by 46 inches long by 15 inches wide. It supports two removable trays, each measuring 7 inches…

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  • Cribbage Board Template with Peg Storage

    A very good friend and mentor once told me it’s a mistake to play cribbage with your significant other – unless you really relish conflict in your relationship. Hey, I just make cribbage boards. Well, I do play a little cribbage. Cribbage Board Template Material Choices Any shop accumulates scrap materials. My wife accuses me…

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  • Planter Bench Plan

    Planter Bench

    This simple and elegant planter bench project is ideal for the porch, patio, or pool. Filled with plants and flowers, it will define a corner of the porch or patio with style. Featuring all straight cuts and modular construction, the project allows the builder to decide what combination of planter boxes and connecting benches works…

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  • How to Construct a Bandsaw Box

    Bandsaw boxes are easy to make, but you need to follow a few rules of the road. It’s very important that you use the right blade, and that you make the cuts in the correct sequence. This story lays out the bandsaw project for you, start to finish. Click on the images to enlarge them…

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  • Tablet and Smartphone Charging Station

    This great project that will give you a charge! It’s an attractive wall hung cabinet that brings all of your handheld devices together in one place to charge. Bruce Kieffer will walk you through the details for building one of your own.

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