Projects

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Are Prototypes Worth the Work?

In cleaning up the shop this past weekend, I came across the prototype for the Krenovian wall cabinet I built for the April issue and was reminded of how helpful it was in working out and hopefully improving the design – even though I failed to mention it in the article (I’m wordy as...

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Try Digital with a Free Project

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave, you’ve likely heard that print is dead and digital is the new reality. That may be a slight exaggeration as I, for one, still enjoy turning pages. However, there is no doubt that whatever the future holds, we will be consuming information in many new forms –...

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Round-drawer Spring Box

What’s better than a hand-made box from your shop? How about a box that is a puzzle, that stores special items and even has a secret compartment. Done. It’s the Round-Drawer Spring Box from Jeff Vollmer’s ‘Puzzle Boxes‘. Use the link below to download the free step-by-step plans for this great puzzle box. Round-Drawer...

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Natural Lighting

The project offered here is titled “Wildflower” by author Ken Burton. He felt the look of the dangling pendant light looked like a particular wildflower. So we’ll continue that concept and dub the project as one for Natural Lighting. This project is one of 24 unique and original lamp projects  offered in ‘Crafting Wooden...

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Getting Ready for Fall

This weekend, our weather went from 100°  to 65° in two days. While we’re happy with the cooler weather, it also brings to mind the other things that Fall entails: leaves, rain and cold. You can save yourself time, grief (and money) if you take a couple of hours out of your Fall to...

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Easy Curvaceous Edge Joints

Last winter, I was puzzling out a way to make edge joints that are just the opposite of what we normally want – perfectly straight. I wanted free-flowing curves and I wanted to join contrasting colors of wood species. So the question was how to match the two joint lines on the different pieces...