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When John Morris’ daughters asked him to help in their high school club’s effort to honor teachers who were veterans, John jumped in with both feet. “We pretty much take on any task or challenge for our veterans that is asked of us, with the help of our sponsors,” said John, founder of The Patriot Woodworker online community. This tight-knit group was founded on the principles of sharing, mentoring and learning from fellow woodworkers. “Above all, we have one thing in common,” John continued. “We all support the men and women who serve our nation.”

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A California wounded warrior and his family were treated to a Merry Christmas, thanks to the participants and sponsors of a Patriot Woodworker raffle to raise money to buy the family gifts and food.

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The phrase “Bloom where you are planted” means to make the most of the opportunities presented to you. An Ohio teen is doing just that by using the power of her paint brush to add some color to her hometown.

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Back in September of 2010, we did a story on Brett Schroyer’s Greenfield Woodworks Rockin’ Shop in Mercer, Pennsylvania. The sequel to the story involves a trip to meet Brett, and his students to learn of the projects, and education program in person. Click on the photo below to enter Brett’s website.

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In Leroy, West Virginia is a guitarmaker by the name of Jim Sutherland.  Jim’s daughter, Carrie Stutler and her husband Ken, assist Jim as well as make their own guitars, mandolins and dulcimers.  They do it mainly as a hobby and for fun, but their quality is at a professional level.  Each instrument is very well built and each has a unique sound based on the wood type used.  Jim gets most of his supplies from Woodcraft in Parkersburg, which makes this story very special.  It is not every day we have the honor of presenting you with a story that involves a country music legend such as Dolly Parton, and we are grateful to the Sutherland-Stutler family.

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Work more efficiently with the new VAC SYS System at Woodcraft from Festool.  With proven vacuum-based suction clamping, the VAC SYS provides a highly effective and ergonomic work platform for nearly any project.  Effectively clamp material or a work piece for effortless machining and finishing while protecting delicate surfaces from clamp damage.

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Join Lori Haught, Woodcraft Marketing Manager and Woodworking Adventures Blogger, for Part III in her series on refurbishing a unique thrift store find — a Telephone Gossip Bench.

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Say Goodbye to Shop-Made Corner Radius Jigs.

Your project is near completion but you still need to radius the corners.  It could be anything from an elegant tabletop to a simple cutting board.  Time to make a template jig, but now you’ll spend additional time making the jig than doing the work it’s intended for.  There’s a better way!

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