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Using Drywall Plaster or Stucco as a Wood Filler

“I am currently working on a project using bird’s eye maple. This wood has many indentations and is difficult to sand smooth. I have heard of a method where drywall plaster or stucco is applied onto the wood to provide a filler. Does this work? And does this filler dry clear so that a wood… Read more

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Mystifying Balancing Wine Bottle Holder

Add a whimsical air to your next celebration by placing wine bottles in a seemingly impossible balancing act using these intriguing holders. These special holders support a standard 750-ml bottle of wine in perfect repose, while your guests will stand around it staring in a state of wonder. The trick to maintaining balance is in… Read more

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Small Precious Box

This box is great as a gift. It’s easy to make, using a dowel as a hinge pivot, so there’s no need to mortise for hinges and drill for screws–which saves tons of time. I have made this box with dovetailed corners, but this is the express version, with miters for the corners.While I’ve included… Read more

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Holiday Serving Utensils

Serve your holiday desserts with style! These artisan serving utensils are the perfect complement to the special pies or cakes that you have planned for the holidays. We got started making these many years ago because my mother makes an apple pie that is worthy of a special serving utensil and these have proven to… Read more

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Craftsman Style 5×7 Picture Frame

So you got yourself in a bind and you still need to make a few last minute gifts for the holidays? This attractive, straight-grain rift-sawn white oak and walnut picture frame, with its decorative protruding plugs, is probably just what you’re looking for. Building and finishing it will take you about 4 hours over 2… Read more

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How to Use a Belt Sander

Many woodworkers are afraid of using a belt sander, and you can’t blame them. Used incorrectly, a belt sander can ruin, in seconds, a project that you spent days building. I’ve succeeded in making some reasonably flat boards into moonscapes, thanks to improper use of a belt sander. But I’ve learned from this, and want… Read more

Minwax Wipe-On Poly Review

Minwax Water Based Wipe-On Poly

I was excited to try this stuff when I first saw it on the internet. My reasons? Well… since moving my shop to our home, I can no longer use “stinky” finishes, plus, I really like the smoothness of wipe-on finishes, and I especially like the look of clear water-based finishes on unstained wood–so this… Read more

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Leigh Hold-Down Clamps

I think it’s brilliant! If a clamp works well securing material on a dovetail jig, why not use it at the bench? That’s what Leigh did by converting the material clamps from their dovetail and FMT jigs into bench hold down clamps. Leigh’s Hold-Down Clamps, $49.95, can be mounted to any surface because they’re available… Read more


Breakfast Bar Mounting

“I am building a breakfast bar from the extra fir T&G flooring we put in our kitchen, but I can’t think of any way to mount it to the wall studs that would be strong enough. It is 15″ x 72″ x 1″ & I have studs on 16″ centers. The wall is covered with… Read more


Shaper vs Router Table

“I am starting to build a wood shop, and plan to do some cabinet making. I have been pricing out router tables. By the time I figure in the cost of a lift, another router, and the table, it wouldn’t cost much more to just buy a shaper. What are the pros and cons of… Read more

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