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Slingchair1

Enjoy nature’s bounty in a comfy outdoor chair that loves you back with its comfortable, polyester sling and cushioned headrest. Made from cypress, the assembly weighs a modest 10 pounds, making it ideal for folding and toting from place to place. The secret behind its construction lies in the sturdy connecting nuts and bolts and their precise locations on facing parts. Building shouldn’t take more than a day. Use the day after to test the chair at a choice location with a favorite beverage.

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Stool1

Top simple straight legs with a sculpted seat.

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Mishaps40

My fascination with carving stems from my Boy Scout days when I received my first pocketknife. Unfortunately, it’s been an activity fraught with hazards. Recently, I endeavored to shape a series of small animals “in the round,” using palm-sized pieces of scrap wood. 

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The popularity of laminate trimmers in small shops has less to do with trimming laminate and more to do with the terrific maneuverability of such small routers. Because they’re conveniently hand-sized, trim routers are used for a wide variety of edging and grooving chores. Unfortunately, most trim routers have rather rudimentary height adjustments, making precise depth setting difficult and mortising downright dicey.

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At my shop workstations, I like to use swing-arm lamps for adjustable task lighting. For convenience, I mount the lamp on a wooden arm that swings out from a nearby wall. Sometimes, a single arm does the trick, but when I need more reach and flexibility, I create an articulated arm by adding extensions as shown.

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Carvedframe1

She’s your mother. She gave you life, nurtured you, loves you, and puts up with your occasional nonsense. For this Mother’s Day, instead of getting her a bouquet of short-lived flowers, consider presenting her with this heirloom picture frame of carved wooden flowers from your own heart and hands. 

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Countrychurchbirdhouse1

Where birds of “pray” call home

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Brushingvarnish1

Tips and techniques for a flawless finish

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Drillpresstable1

Can boring get interesting? With this design it just did.

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Displaycabinet1

Foolproof joinery and eye-catching detail in one lovely package.

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