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Adirondack Chairs

I happened to see some plans for Adirondack Chairs on the Rockler website recently. I really liked the look of them, so I thought I would make a pair for my wife and myself. I didn’t want to use standard big box store cedar so I bought some “tight knot” cedar at a lumber yard….

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End Grain Cutting Board

I had been watching some videos on how to make an end grain cutting board and decided to make one for my Niece. The video I ended up using was from the Wood Whisperer website. It is pretty thorough which makes this project not too difficult. I chose Hard Rock Maple and Purpleheart for the…

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Keepsake Box

Needless to say, I followed Incra’s instructions and did several practice cuts of junk wood before trying the box joints for real. This project was a reminder that working on small items is difficult. You just have to slow down, take your time and do some practice cuts along the way. Speaking of the wood…

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Walnut Tray

A while back I was on a flight to California with my wife. As is my usual practice, I was reading a Woodsmith magazine enroute. I was reading an article on building a Walnut Tray. My wife saw it and said, “I want one”! That was the impetus for this project. To make this work…

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Our Wall Mirror

A while back I came across some wall mirror plans from Woodsmith. Finally decided to make the mirror. I wanted to do something different (I use a lot of oak for my projects) so I bought some African Mahogany. That stuff is expensive!! But, it is totally beautiful. I started where I always start by…

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Shop Cart

I found these plans for this shop cart at Woodsmith.com after watching the video on their TV show. It is pretty handy to have in the shop for a little extra table space and the table saw extenders. I used it recently to rip some long boards on my table saw and the extenders (on…

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The Plug

You are probably wondering about that title. This is not exactly a woodworking entry, but it is a woodworking support entry, so to speak. If you are wondering what that thing is, it is a 220 plug!! The same kind you use for your dryer and your cooking range. Hang in there, I can explain….

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Farmhouse Table

A friend from my work asked me to help him build a Farmhouse Table. He had gotten plans from the Internet and forwarded them to me for review. The plans called for making the table out of Douglas Fir, your basic construction lumber. My friend and I went to the local big box store and…

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Workbench

My shop is housed in my garage. I live in Colorado and the winters here can be pretty cold at times. When it is super cold I just don’t do any woodworking in my shop, it’s too nasty out there. Yes, I have a heater, but sometimes the cold overcomes the heater. Enter my workbench…

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Tool Chest

Every woodworker that is worth his salt HAS to make a Tool Chest!! That is just the law of woodworking. Well, I have put it off for several years, but finally got around to doing it recently. Recently meaning doing this project over a period of two months or so. I used regular Red Oak…

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Whiteboard

OK, this is NOT fine woodworking. But, what a cool idea! I do not know why I did not think of this before now. I was reading an article in Family Handyman magazine and discovered how to make a whiteboard (dry erase board) for your shop. You have to shop around for the parts, but…

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Cheese Boards

I got a wild hair to make some Cheese Boards for Christmas presents this year. OK, not the most practical thing to do, Christmas time is almost totally insanely busy. But I was able to persevere. A Cheese Board is a small cutting board for serving cheese and crackers. I did not have any real…

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Wine Rack

I have wanted to build a wine rack for the last few years and finally got around to it. The plans, from Woodcraft Magazine, were very well done. I made the five shelf version (there is a two shelf version) out of Red Oak. The plans call for some MDF templates and a couple of…

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Planer Stand

I saw the plans for this planer stand in the October 2011 edition of Woodworkers Journal. This stand fits my limited space shop perfectly, it has a very small footprint when everything is folded up to it’s smallest size. As you can see the stand has wings that fold out for stacking your lumber while…

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Tool Cart

Been kind of busy so I haven’t posted on the website in a while. But, I just finished this tool cart. Believe it or not I found the plans in The Family Handyman magazine, a really fun read. The tool cart is made of Birch plywood and leftover Mahogany. It took quite a while to…

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