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THERE ARE COUNTLESS BOOKS AVAILABLE SHOWING ALL STEPS necessary to create wonderful jewelry boxes, but few give much attention to the interior appointments. I’ve always found that odd, since a beautiful object that doesn’t work well is basically just a piece of sculpture. Don’t get me wrong, I love all art forms and three-dimensional forms are among my favorites. It’s why I studied industrial design in college.

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Tom Skaggs of Champaign, Ill., considers woodworking a journey whose ultimate destination is mastering the craft. He’s looking forward to a long, enjoyable trip.

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I rely heavily on V-tools, but when it comes time to sharpen them I’m never satisfied with the job I do. Is there a formula of some sort for this tricky sharpening task?

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Capture all the character of this tiny backyard friend while you learn the finer points of creating natural-looking and realistic wildlife carvings.

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Here’s a handy shop project with a dual personality: It functions as both a drill press storage cabinet and an adjustable outfeed roller stand.

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Petite and shapely, prim and proper, the beauty of this scaled-down Queen Anne table is in its built-in curves, not added-on details. Perfect as a display table, it adds subtle grace to any room.

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WHETHER I’M USING IT FOR PLANING, sanding or carving, I find this bench hook very versatile. It’s great for holding all kinds of differently shaped items, especially odd or round shapes. 

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Your local post office probably replaced its original bronze and brass P.O. box doors long ago with modern, efficient – and unattractive – aluminum doors. But these old doors enjoy new life in this easy weekend project.

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Have you ever wanted to try a veneer laminating project or maybe make a bent laminated form, but were reluctant to buy an electric vacuum pump and bag system costing a few hundred dollars? The Roarockit Skateboard Company (yes, you read it right – a skateboard company) has come up with an inexpensive and ingenious way to vacuum-veneer wood. They call it the Thin Air Press Kit.

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