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  • wood-bending

    Build a Bow Sander

    Oftentimes, you need a special blend of hand/eye coordination to get those fine details just right, and typical sanding methods don’t always provide it. A bow sander is great for sanding irregular shapes or cleaning up radius corners. This cool tool is made from a lamination of five 1/8” strips of white oak and features…

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  • Wooden cribbage board

    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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  • Wooden spatula

    How to Make a Wooden Spatula

    A spatula may not look like a typical lathe turning project, but in this case, it is. The lathe is used to shape the handle and add accents. We’ll show you step by step how to make a simple wooden spatula. Getting started Layout the spatula shape. Mark a line 4” from the end to…

  • Bandsaw box

    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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  • Curio coffee table and plans

    Curio Coffee Table

    If you like to collect things, this handsome curio coffee table can help ease the storage crunch. The project is topped with a piece of heavy glass with a drawer underneath that provides almost four square feet of display space. The curio table measures about 38 inches long by 24 inches deep by 17 inches…

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  • Wooden picture frame

    Making a Picture Frame with Pocket Hole Accents

    How many times have you been asked to make a picture frame for someone? Many, I bet. Here’s a great approach to making picture frames that doesn’t require any mitering, AND creates a cool accent by making pocket pocket holes the main joinery method. Hiding the pocket holes Making pocket holes is easy, and pocket…

  • Wooden sign

    Make Your Own Wooden Sign

    Some friends of mine have a cabin in the north woods with an out building for extra overnight guests to bunk up for the evening. It’s a great place to fall asleep on a moonlit night listening to the cooing owls and the foxes rustling through the brush. Both friends have a Swedish heritage so…

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  • Wood working machine

    Build a Wooden Recipe Box – Great Woodworking Gift Idea

    This is a great woodworking project. We’re calling it a wooden recipe box, but it could be used for nearly anything; jewelry, knick knacks, or any other small items. It’s simple to make, and could easily be built in a day. Joinery A common approach to creating solid corners on boxes or cabinets is using…

  • Using a dovetail jig

    Setup for Using a Rabbeted Half Blind Dovetail Jig

    Everyone loves the handsome, distinguished look of dovetails, and on top of that they are an extremely strong, durable joint. Half blind dovetails are commonly used in drawer construction, and when overlay doors are desired, a rabbeted half blind joint is used. Using a dovetail jig and router is definitely the way to go when…