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For the second year in a row, local “makers” had the opportunity to use their creativity for a good cause – the Mid-Ohio Valley Habitat for Humanity. The ReStore ReDesign Contest encouraged entrants to upcycle furniture pieces for the chance to win more than $700 in prizes and have their project move on to the annual fundraising event, Destination Design.

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His remarkably soothing voice is like a mix of a southern Bob Ross and Snoop Dogg. He’s a south Mississippi woodworker whose YouTube views have topped two million in just two short years. He goes by an anonymous persona named “The Crafsman” and his viewers can't get enough.  

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Using the materials they salvage from tearing down forgotten barns to create beautiful barnwood furniture and art keeps father/daughter team Kelley and Kate Jensen busy. They preserve each barn's heritage into repurposed decor—and make priceless memories together while doing it.

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For those who would like to celebrate Flag Day or Independence Day by making something special, Woodcraft suggests three Instructables.com projects – two flags and a flag case.

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Billy Rhinehart of Athens, Ohio, has been making guitars for more than 30 years. But they’re not just any guitars; they are unique creations that defy traditional instrument making, each with its own theme and colorful finish. His first — the fish guitar — started it all. 

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These boutique owners creatively styled their space using ingenuity and originality with unexpected materials, including their retail counter from an old, dingy door. See how it was done in this Woodworking Adventures blog...

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Milk paint, chalk paint, furniture paint, mineral paint … it can get confusing. There are a large number of paints on the market these days for refinishing and updating furniture and interior projects, and there seem to be more every day. Let’s take a look at the different (and same) characteristics of each.

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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.comwoodcraft.com provided prizes for the contest that attracted 366 entries from Oct. 2 through Nov. 27. 

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