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This is a collection of ideas and plans for a number of skill building projects with which I have had good luck, and lots of fun.  I try to include all necessary plans in accompanying files, accessed through the project pages.

Safety First!
Safety in the workshop is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY alone; I make no warranty as to the safety of any technique or tool shown or described on this site.  Before beginning any project, you must understand woodshop safety, know how to safely operate any machinery that is to be used in the project, and understand the safe use and any potential safety hazards involved in the use of all materials to be used in the project.  See the General Safety Notice and the Chemical Safety Note for additional information.


General Projects: Accessories, Boxes, Et Cetera

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How to Make Shaker Oval Boxes Intermediate / Advanced.  Make authentic reproductions of 19th Century Shaker boxes from veneer, thin stock, and toothpicks!

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Lap Desk (coming, but not here yet) Learn veneering, pattern routing, and finger joint techniques while making this lap desk.

Hand Tools

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Sharpen and Tune-up Your Hand Tools Hand tools aren't  just for old geezers and  history buffs - the pros know how and when to use them to keep production times and costs to a minimum.

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Useful Tools You Can Make (coming soon-ish) Make some really useful tools, and save some cash at the same time!


God creates a round tree. (Haven't you heard?  Only He can, they say.)  Then we cut it down, saw it into rectangles, turn it round again on the lathe, and say "look what I made!"

For sharpening of woodturning tools, see Techniques: Sharpening Tools.

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Small Turning Projects Fun, quick, skill building projects for beginning and intermediate woodturners; many made from scraps and offcuts!

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Turn a Wood Pen /  Apply a CA Finish Turn a basic pen (Beginning / Intermediate), then learn how to apply a high-build CA finish (Intermediate / Advanced).