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Revolutionarychair4

There is no denying that Thomas Jefferson was one of the most skilled statesman and politicians in American history. The country’s first secretary of state and third president, he was also a keen student of gardening, architecture, and mechanical devices. 

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Padauk2

There’s redwood, which grows in California, and then there’s RED wood. If it’s the color you’re after, definitely consider padauk. 

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Wcm square

New tools typically come with a few hex keys required for assembly and adjustment. If you collected and organized those Allen wrenches, you could probably get by without a dedicated set in your shop. The problem is that those cheap versions often strip easily and are too small to use comfortably. This set from Wera Tools solves all that. 

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Wcm square

Sometimes, my fingers painfully lock up while–or even after–using hand tools. What causes this, and what should I do about it?

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Improvisingtablesaw1

One of my favorite aspects of woodworking is designing new objects. Most of them start out as sketches, but bringing them to life sometimes takes more than just paper and pencil. I liken the process to playing jazz. You start out with a simple concept, or melody, then improvise the design. 

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We asked woodworker Dave Clarke, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2018, to take a look at an article Woodcraft Magazine published in Issue 44 by Pete Stephano – “The Wheelchair Woodworker Shop” – to see if he felt that the recommendations were still relevant and if he had any other advice for folks wanting to set up a workshop with modifications. Read more here...  

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Shootthemoon1

This simple game is as much fun today as it was when it first appeared over seventy years ago. It offers hours of entertainment without batteries or screen time. 

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Kissmastree1

Bing Crosby plays an outsized role in setting the holiday mood in my house, from our annual screening of White Christmas to his albums revolving on the turntable as the fire crackles. But I never quite understood why Bing, crooning “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” asks that his presents be on the tree until I designed and constructed this festive little holiday piece. 

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Walnutdimpledbox1

This box started out as an experiment in playing with texture. I wasn’t sure where I was going to go with it, but I had in mind power-carving a surface of random dimples using a ball grinder in a rotary tool.

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