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A strong mortise-and-tenon joint requires cheeks that are flat, smooth, and parallel. Good tenons can be cut in many different ways, but it’s hard to beat the results you get with a well-made table saw tenoning jig. With its sliding base and micro-adjustable stop, cutting perfect cheeks with the WoodRiver jig is smooth and simple.

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Batchcutbuttons

Store-bought tabletop fasteners are convenient, but costly in money and time. Thrifty woodworkers short on both have discovered that shop-made buttons are fast and easy to make by the bunch. All you need are a few scraps of 3/4"-thick hardwood at least 6" wide.

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Flag box

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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For the lucky few finally enjoying their “dream workshops,” big projects aren’t a big deal. However, for those still struggling to carve out a little shop space from a garage or basement, big projects offered by many magazines may be little more than wistful page-turners. This project is designed for the “little guy.”

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Wallhungdesk1

When it comes to timeless, functional furniture, it’s hard to beat a desk. These days, we all need a place to park a laptop computer, tablet, or other personal electronic device, along with their attendant cords, chargers, etc. Here’s a great wall-mounted unit designed by Andy Rae and myself that can conveniently hang on a wall in any room, for either sitting or standing work. (See page 72 for more on its inception.) The door drops down to create a generous, very sturdy desktop surface, with wire management in the form of a PVC pipe at each end of the unit. When not in use, a laptop, tablet, and/or file folders can be stored in a bar-corralled pocket that is flanked by a cubby on each end to accommodate all manner of accoutrements. Four drawers provide more storage below, with the small outer drawers offering a great place to tuck charger wires and the like. 

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Sandingcenter1

A few months ago, I took on a project that called for built-in cabinetry and custom trim details as part of a major home renovation. Early on, it became clear that my partner and I needed a better way to keep our sanding supplies organized—so we could spend time getting our work finished instead of rooting around in a drawer stuffed with sheets, discs, and sanding blocks. 

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Purple heart urn for blog

The solemn occasion of a military funeral service is a time of great honor, dignity and respect for one who has served their country. Though a great deal of detail and tradition go into a veteran’s ceremony, one detail caught Idaho artist John Sword’s eye and he set out to change it. After experiencing his own personal losses and attending several inurnment ceremonies, he saw a need and started developing a concept for wooden ceremonial urns.

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West Penn Hardwoods, a company that specializes in exotic wood imports, has discovered a “Tree of a Lifetime” on a farm in the jungle of Brazil. The 1,000+ year old Pequiá tree had been dead for over sixty years!

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You can make a huge impact on your house with just a few coats of paint in a stunning new shade. This nondescript white door is now a bright and beautiful Klein Blue that is anything but boring. 

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Here is a quick and easy project for the “Dog Mom” or dog lover in your life or even yourself to honor your furry best friend! This would make a fun gift to make with the kids or grandkids. All you need is a wood blank, some paint and a cooperative pup.

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