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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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    Build a Bow Sander

    This cool tool is great for sanding those irregular shapes or cleaning up a radiused corner: stuff where you need that controlled hand/eye combination to get it just right. It’s made from a simple lamination of five 1/8” strips of white oak and has a simple wedge locking system. You don’t need any hardware, just

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  • Dovetail Drawer Assembly Clamping Blocks

    Half blind dovetailed drawers are great, but clamping the joints properly can be challenging. Using clamping blocks that apply pressure exactly where the dovetail pins and tails join is crucial. These simple-to-make clamping blocks do the trick. I’ll show you how to make a batch with just a few machine setups. Once you’re done you’ll

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  • how to make a box joint jig

    Box Joint Jig Video: How to Make a Box Joint Jig/Finger Joint Jig for a Tablesaw

    Box joints, also called finger joints, are a great way to join corners on a box. Not only do they add a significant amount of strength, they also look great. Especially when the box joint is made from contrasting materials. The table saw, equipped with a dado head, provides a great way to make box

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  • Make a Bottle Opener that Pops

    Does your bottle opener lack pizzazz? This clever opener features contrasting strips of woods, a curvaceous shape, and uses a coin as the bottle opening mechanism. As an added bonus, an embedded magnet catches the cap after removing it from the bottle.

  • Homemade Walnut Knobs

    Easy Shop-Made Knobs

    Custom Knobs Create a Warm and Personal Shop Jigs are everywhere in my workspace. Taper jigs, custom sleds and even fixtures for boring holes populate my shop in alarming numbers. Single use jigs are crude, but jigs made for the long-term get special treatment. While cast plastic polycarbonate knobs are available at woodworking stores, I

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  • Simple Workbench Plans

    Folding Workbench Plans

    If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, here’s a great way to maximize valuable shop space: a full-size, wall-mounted workbench that folds up into a neat, 13-inch-deep package. It even has space for a built-in light and plenty of storage shelves. We make this project easy with our folding workbench plans. The workbench is as easy to use

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  • Shop-Made Straight Edge

    Shop-Made Straight Edge

    A straight edge is an invaluable tool in your woodworking shop. Unfortunately, buying a quality straight edge can be very expensive. Here’s how to avoid that expense by building your own shop-made straight edge. The key is taking three different boards and using each as a reference to make sure you end up with three

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    Build a Better Joiner’s Mallet: Domed Head Provides Forgiving Strike Surface

    One of the most frequently used tools in my shop is a joiner’s mallet.  I use one for finesse work such as tapping chisels and carving tools, as well as more blunt force actions like banging a carcase together or forcing a panel flat during glue-up.  I have made a half dozen or so joiner’s

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  • Make a Jig for a Half-Lap Joint

    Make a Jig for a Half-Lap Joint

    Half lap joints are a popular way to join two pieces of wood together and can be used on a number of woodworking projects. One way to cut half lap joints is on a table saw. George Vondriska takes you step-by-step on how to create a simple jig for cutting half lap joints on a

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