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Spunspoons1

Sometimes it’s fun to get away from the rigors and complexity of multi-piece projects, and make something kind of off-the-cuff from a single bit of wood. I find that making a wooden spoon or two fills this need for instant gratification in the shop. Plus, the finished pieces make excellent gifts for the cooks in my life. 

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Benchplanter1

I had a good time building this bench and planter set. It’s a project you can easily complete in a day, and you’ll be rewarded with years of enjoyment with no worries about fading finish, wood decay, or insect attack. This type of plastic lumber, made primarily from recycled plastic, is the type that manufacturers of outdoor furniture prefer. It’s available in a wide range of colors, and in a variety of dimensions.

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Awhile back I saw a really cool reclaimed wood cookbook/tablet stand advertised in a catalog. But the $110 price tag was a big "no, thanks" for me. Here is a tutorial on my version with plenty of options for you to customize a couple of your own. 

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Cl growth

Eric Gorges, host of A Craftsman's Legacy, wanted to build something that would eventually become a family heirloom. He decided on a growth chart for his daughter using Birdseye Maple and Brass.

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These Ultimate Flush Trim Bits are perfect when working with templates or when using a router to flush trim matching wood surfaces. 

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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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Metal1

Work wood? Then you probably work metal from time to time. Here are some excellent tips for fabricating aluminum, brass, and steel as nicely as you craft wood. 

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Betterbookcase1

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

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