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When it comes to correcting ill-fitting tenons, rabbets, dadoes, and other flat-faced joints, it’s hard to beat a well-tuned shoulder plane.
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110 fireside stool

Historical, utilitarian furniture is one of my favorite sources for design inspiration, and the vernacular fireside stools of Northern Europe are especially appealing for their dainty yet sturdy stances. Traditionally used as a perch for creeping close to the warmth of a hearth or tending to a fire, these simple stools’ short stature and splayed legs pack a lot of character and woodworking skills into a quick project. 

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110 meat tenderizer

You may not realize you need a tenderizing mallet until you’re faced with transforming tough cuts of meat into something more palatable. This handy kitchen utensil is also useful for crushing nuts, garlic cloves, and other vegetables.
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110 advent calendar

There’s a lot to be done in the weeks leading up to Christmas: decorating the tree, making sure the chimney is ready for Santa’s visit, and of course, counting down the days till his arrival. 

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Letters to vets 500

Helping kids write meaningful Veterans Day letters to active duty or retired service members is a simple way to celebrate this holiday. Our friend Julie at Happy Strong Home provides tips, letter writing prompts and a free printable to help kids get started! 

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110 router stocking stuffers

Be sure to include your router on your gift-giving list this year. It does a lot of hard work for you, so reward it with…well, more work. But with these accessories, you can make it work smarter, not harder.

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110 book tree

To me, no room is complete without at least a few books at hand. But not every room needs or has the wall space for an actual bookcase. After seeing a free-standing book “tree” used as a promotional display in a bookshop, I set about designing one that would look good in a residential setting.

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