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The American Woodshop co-hosts Scott and Suzy Phillips have dreamed for years of creating the ultimate building on a budget. Last year, they got their chance. With the help of some friends, a good ol’-fashioned barn raising took place near the couple’s Piqua, Ohio, home, and Suzy’s “She-Barn” became a reality. Part of the barn build was featured on Season 27 of the couple’s educational woodworking television show, which airs nationwide on public television.

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With a little bit of time and patience with a slab of your wood choice, using a few finishing products and adding wood legs or leg hardware, can culminate into a beautiful piece of furniture that is sure to be the room's highlight and topic of conversation with family and guests in any home! In this project we delve into the making of a live edge walnut slab coffee table with some stunning grain.

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   Woodcraft and WorkbenchCon unite with many sponsors, makers, hobbyists and handcrafted woodworking businesses in support of the growing maker, social media influencer evolution at WorkbenchCon 2020. 

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If you have ever marveled over the log furniture you have seen at Bass Pro Shops or Cabela’s, writer, photographer and woodworker Alan Garbers has a new book that might be right up your alley. From Tree to Table offers the aspiring craftsperson practical advice on building eco-chic rustic furniture—literally starting with the timber.

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     Building a Pennsylvania Spice Box can be quite the ambitious project for any level of woodworker, loaded with its share of building techniques that embrace both hand and/or power tool applications in today's woodworking world. Its challenges include plenty of hand-cut joinery, precise drawer assemblies, stylish mouldings, raised-panel contours, and in this case, the use of quilted and soft maple woods with figured walnut burl, book-matched veneer drawer fronts. Follow us along in this Woodworking Adventure with Woodcraft's product manager, Kyle Meyer and his Spice Box design and build.

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   Like most woodworking projects, before you can get to the final result, prep work and jigs play an important role, before the actual turning process begins. The biggest attribute to lathe turning is that finished results can typically be attained faster with almost instant gratification. This WoodRiver Pen Drilling Vise with 7mm Drill Guide & Stop Collar combo aids in that process for the prep work, especially for the novice turner, or those who may not have a drill press to begin the wood turning creative adventure. 

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Promote imaginative play by giving your children handmade gifts that don’t require batteries. In Erin Freuchtel-Dearing’s book Natural Wooden Toys, she offers plans and instructions for 75 projects that you can make in a day that will stand the test of time. Creatures from the forest, the ocean, the farm and elsewhere dwell within the 184 pages of this softcover edition merely awaiting your decision to create them.

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Building your own bandsaw box can be a fun exercise for beginners and well-seasoned woodworkers. With only a few shop tools and accessories you can get really creative!

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Nothing says “I love you” like a gift that is made from the heart…and the hands. With so many kits, plans and How-Tos available at Woodcraft, you are sure to find something fantastic to make for your loved ones no matter your skill level. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

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Bruce Kuveke of Boulder City, Nevada, has a few new woodworking tricks up his sleeve, his very own SawStop Professional Saw and a sweet looking custom bench, thanks to winning the “Build it! with Jory & John Sweepstakes” in May. The contest was sponsored by Woodcraft, in partnership with SawStop and Jory Brigham Design. Bruce and his guest, Forrest Kammerzell of Riverside, California, attended an all-expenses paid 2-1/2-day furniture building class at Brigham Design Workshop in Paso Robles, California, on October 25-27 as part of his Grand Prize package.

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