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  • 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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  • Trivets on a CNC

    I recently built a table for my daughter. The phone call telling me she had ruined the finish by putting something hot directly on the table wasn’t good. That got me thinking about trivets. This is a great CNC project; an example of accurately cutting from two faces. This article includes step by step VCarve

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  • How to Build a Wooden Phone Amplifier and Charging Station

    If you like to play music on your cell phone you’ll find lots to love about this wooden phone amplifier. It provides an attractive platform to cradle your phone while playing music, and it boosts the sounds level by 8-10 dB (decibels) while also distributing the sound around the room using a megaphone style sound

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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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  • Elegant Tapered Salt and Pepper Shakers

    Looking for a quick “mass production” gift project? These tapered wooden salt and pepper shakers make a stylish addition to any table setting, and they can be made in a jiffy in a modestly equipped woodshop. You can make just the shakers, or if you have time, add the platform that is pictured here which

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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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    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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  • 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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