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  • Office in a Closet Part 1: Built-In Desk

    My wife and I used to share a spacious, sunny home office in our spare bedroom. We each had a desk and everything was great, except for the fact that my job requires several hours of telephone calls per day, and I have a rather loud voice and animated style. My wife came up with

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  • How to Make a Longbow

    For many, traditional archery is a passion. For others it’s just plain fun! Either way, learning how to make a longbow is something that nearly anyone can do, even without an extensive shop or lots of woodworking experience. This story will provide you with an overview of how to make a longbow. Part of the

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  • Using a Guitar Template to Build Your First Guitar

    Good kits make great guitars and offer plenty of woodworking An article by Steve Scott in Fine Woodworking Magazine September/October 2011 edition I wanted to build an acoustic guitar for the longest time, but was intimidated by the prospect. Although I’ve done plenty of woodworking, the idea of creating the forms for a guitar body

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  • Creating a Double Duty Trim Router Jig

    Router Jigs for Circles and Dadoes

    Trim routers are great for small operations. I wanted to make some precisely fitting holes for flower pots, but the circle cutting jig for my full-size router was too big. So I decided to make a small version for my trim router. Additionally, I wasn’t thrilled about the fence that came with my trim router,

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  • Shop Made Circular Saw Guide

    Shop-Made Circular Saw Guide: Cheap, Easy, and Awesome!

    Working with big sheets of plywood, or worse yet MDF, can be a bear. Even on my cabinet saw, equipped with ample outfeed support, I dread man-handling those behemoth sheets. Its grunt work at best, and can be downright dangerous if the slightest thing goes wrong. I have stories among my circle of friends, and

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  • Clamp Rack and Outfeed Support in One

    This simple clamp rack solves two problems. It holds a boat load of bar clamps, (there are 46 on mine) and it provides support adjacent to the table saw. You can build the whole thing from home center materials. Casters make it mobile so you can easily move it from bench to saw. Here are

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  • A Fancy End Grain Cutting Board

    Cutting boards and trivets are commonly available in a wide range of materials, and typically uninteresting. However, the latter need not be the case. As a woodworker I’ve steadily added tools to my shop. With the router and router table available I’ve tried to figure out ways to justify the expense. Here’s a project that

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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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  • Build a Cremation Cask

    Over the years I’ve made pet cremation urns and boxes for friends who’ve lost pets. In 2010 I had a request from a dear cousin for his own cremation cask. He knew he was dying after a long battle with cancer. It took a couple tries to get a good, sound design that I felt

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  • Shop-Built Dust Port

    Shop-Built Dust Port

    Here’s how to make a dust port for any jig or power tool in your shop. It’s easy to build, uses parts readily available from your local hardware store, and best of all, it really works! I’ll show you how to make two kinds, one for your 2 1/2″ shop vac hose, and the other

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