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A Chicago maker won the Furniture Contest Grand Prize on Instructables.com with a table featuring a “marble” top made from concrete. Woodcraft provided prizes for the contest that encouraged makers to build or repurpose a piece of furniture for the competition.

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’Tis the season for declaring your list of things to change or improve in the new year. In that spirit, let’s look at a few “resolutions”—or let’s just call them “good habits”—for more productivity and enjoyment in the shop, specifically for those who love to refurbish and refinish old furniture. 

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A Wisconsin father’s tree house won Grand Prize in the Reclaimed Contest on instructables.com. Woodcraft.com provided prizes for the contest that attracted 366 entries from Oct. 2 through Nov. 27. 

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You can make just about any surface into a chalkboard with Rust-Oleum Chalk Board Paint - including tabletops, walls, cabinets, metal and glass. Here is a quick and easy tutorial for creating your own writable, erasable chalkboard signs.

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You can complete this quick and easy pallet project in an afternoon, just in time for the crisp days of fall decorating.

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Old furniture, stereos, carpet and many more household items may hold the key to a project you could enter in the Reclaimed Contest on Instructables.com. Woodcraft is sponsoring the competition that opened Oct. 2 and will continue through Nov. 27.

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With guidance from a master junker like Sue Whitney, one may just start to see ordinary objects in different ways. Her new book takes you through 30 clever furniture upcycles for every room in the house. 

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Quantity, as well as quality, counts in the annual Makerspace Contest on Instructables.com. Woodcraft, Epilog Laser, Ultimaker, Dremel, and Digi-Key Electronics donated the approximately $50,000 worth of prizes to winning teams and individuals. 

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In the true spirit of friendship, 15-year-old Ellie Yeater has refurbished a camper into a sweet little retreat, which she plans to sell to help with her friend's cancer treatments. 

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An old desk becomes part of a glamorous dressing room as a makeup vanity in this furniture makeover. 

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