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Napkinholder1

This attractive napkin holder with its leaves at opposing angles will add pizzazz to any table. The chamfered leaves appear to float just above the surface, adding a subtle shadow line to the gently curved feet. The straightforward construction makes this a fun project to work on with a youngster or to batch-build for holiday gifts.

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Sidetable1

This maple side table has three chief features: a single, wide drawer, an open base with a large three-piece shelf, and subtle detailing to tie everything together. I stole the overall form and proportions from a functional but somewhat poorly constructed table that sat in my kitchen for some time.

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Accentmirror1

I’ve been making mirrors with attached shelves for years. Recently, I started adding small objects to those shelves, including stone cairns, turned vases, and carved birds such as the one you see here. Adding these little “extras” has made the mirrors sell better, and they’re more fun to build. 

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Bladesafe1

Woodworkers have a way of collecting table saw blades. It starts innocently enough with an all-purpose blade or two, and before you know it, you’ve added a dedicated ripping blade, a crosscut model, a dado set, and specialty blades for cutting everything from plywood to composite materials and even metal.

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Counterheightstool1

What’s a counter without a stool or two to accompany it? Actually, this stool is more of a stool/chair hybrid with a curved back rest that provides a little support while serving as a convenient handle at the same time. 

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Shootingboard1

Several of my recent projects called for a shooting board—a jig that facilitates sneaking up on perfect-fitting joinery by shaving the end grain of a workpiece with a hand plane. 

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Psaltery1

Not only is making a psaltery a great gateway into the craft of instrument making, it is also an easy instrument to learn to play. So if you’re a bit musically challenged, as I am, building one may open doors for you. 

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Turnedtable1

Some furniture designs have funny inceptions. The idea for creating a turned table like this came from my father, who asked me to make a small table by mounting a turned disk atop a 24"-tall antique fire extinguisher made of copper. 

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Beveledgeinlay1

Everyone loves a project that has been personalized for them. Inlay provides a beautiful way to reflect someone’s interests or personality, and it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Using a simple butterfly design as an example, I’ll show you how you can augment just about any project with tools you probably already have. 

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Basketballcuttingboard1

A cherry blank, commercially available wood balls, and dyed epoxy are the sum ingredients for a cutting board that sports lovers will crave during the NCAA March Madness and NBA playoffs. 

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