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Swingstands

Setting our six-foot oak swing down off the hooks for winter is always a challenge.  We used to use empty five-gallon buckets and wood pieces to make a temporary stand, but this year I decided to make a more permanent and solid solution.

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Pumpkintools

I needed a better way to carve a Halloween pumpkin than just using a kitchen knife. The solution was to make two cutters using a jigsaw blade and a scrollsaw blade.  The jigsaw blade would be my rough cutter and the scrollsaw blade my detail cutter.

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412330reindeer

You’re thinking about doing a project for Christmas, but how do you decide what to do? Something your spouse wants? Something that would enhance your current lawn decorations? Maybe something that would be a nice addition to inside décor? Maybe a yard sign?

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Turkey1

To make a Thanksgiving Turkey from reclaimed wood, I started with a picture of a turkey display that I saw in a store and drew a 24" wide x 24" high pattern. Then I used transfer paper to copy the pattern onto a 1/4"-thin piece of plywood to make a backer board. 

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Outfeedtable

I needed a simple but versatile table for my shop to use for assembling projects.  At the same time, I was contemplating how to create an outfeed table for my saw that would be out of the way when not in use.  The answer, a multi-use outfeed and assembly table.  If I can use the assembly table as an outfeed table, I don’t need two tables.

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Metalshelf

I was contemplating how to build a strong, sturdy storage cabinet to hold my finishes.  I did not want a metal cabinet but wanted the adjustability of a metal cabinet’s shelves, as well as a surface on the shelves that could be cleaned easier than wooden shelves. 

 

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