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Turnedlamp1

A stack-laminated blank looks great and solves wiring problems.

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Dovetailedtote2

Sharpen your machine-dovetailing skills with this handy project.

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Garden obelisk

Help your garden grow up with a mini-monument for climbing plants.

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Betterbookcase1

Trim details transform a plywood case into a piece of furniture. 

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Pipingframe14

Of all the picture frames I’ve built in my career, this remains one of my favorites. With its lovely but understated detailing, it conveys a simple elegance that respects a photo or painting without clamoring for attention itself.

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Woodresinbox2

The unusual thing about this particular box is that it’s turned from a hybrid blank. Resin casting, a means of molding acrylic material into blanks for turning, has become very popular in recent years and hybrid blanks are a big part of the trend. “Hybrid” is a term coined for combining wood and resin together to create beautiful and unique designs. 

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Childsrocker

Ready for action. The turned spindles in traditional-style rockers inspired the hole-and-slot treatment used to embellish the sides and back of this kid-sized version.

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Japanesegiftbox

It’s a tradition among Japanese woodworkers to build a box for their prized hand tools to keep them secure and close at hand. Although these utilitarian boxes tend toward very basic joinery, many feature a simple, but ingenious wedge-locking mechanism to secure the lid. Intrigued by this austere yet functional design, I set out to construct a scaled-down, modified version of these traditional boxes to house any small collection of keepsakes.

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Superservingtray small

Sometimes a small project is just the thing to fill up a little bit of shop time. It’s even better when you get the opportunity to transform some scrap stock into a nice gift or an addition to your home. This serving tray scores well on both counts. Folding legs enable the tray to sit flat on a table or have an elevated stance, as shown above. The tray’s laminate-covered bottom can easily endure spills and hot plates. And despite the small size of this project, it contains some nice joinery challenges: corners made with finger joints, and template-routed handles and curves. 

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Patina web

General Finishes has announced the winners – 214 of them – in the 2018 Design Challenge that invited entrants to express their creativity with paint and finishes. Woodcraft is one of 27 retail sponsors for the contest.

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