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width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Around the world, there are over 32,000 Little Free Libraries installed in 70 countries – this is the remarkable story about the very first one and how it ignited a worldwide thrill for sharing books and expressing creativity. A Little Free Library™ is just a neighborhood book box for free book sharing.
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We’ll have prizes for the top 10 voted projects, with the first prize being a bench top router table from Kreg The first Little Free Library was build by Todd Bol – he put it in his yard and the popularity of the concept took off around the world Little Free Libraries can be any
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First thing’s first. A woodworking contest is never fair. You build things out of wood usually to make your home (or someone else’s home) beautiful and unique, not to get a prize. So it takes a lot of courage for people to take a project they’ve built, hand it over to us to display, and
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A couple times a year we host a simple woodworking contest by establishing a project theme and a deadline — then we wait. Every time we do this,  the truth is I’m simply blown away and tongue-tied by the vast array of entries we get to see. It’s a delightful surprise to see the creativity
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So what’s the big deal about CNC carving, anyway? In the early days of the technology, it was big, heavy and expensive stuff – if you wanted precision and reliability. But today things are very different thanks to the Oliver Intellicarve, which is a table top sized CNC carver that’s quite affordable, surprisingly simple to use,
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width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Curly maple, tiger maple, fiddleback maple and quilted maple (various names for different types of figure found in maple lumber) have to be some of the more interesting woods to finish because you can take a board from mild to wild with the simplest of techniques. Here are just a few of them.
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The Southwest School of Woodworking is a non-profit educational organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. If you’ve wanted to experience the joy of woodworking under the guidance of an experienced craftsman, you may want to go “kick the tires” at the grand opening of the school’s new location. You’ll get to tour the classrooms, watch some demonstrations,
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Step 3: Seal the dye with a thin coat of Zinsser SealCoat or another compatible sealer. After it dries, check it for areas that need to be sanded smooth and sand carefully.

  If you’ve seen our other tutorial on three tips for finishing mahogany, you’ll start to notice a basic four-step formula I like to employ to arrive at certain colors and characteristics: Dye Sealer Glaze Clear finish That’s it. Does it seem like an arsenal of chemicals? Believe it or not, the steps go quickly, and it’s actually
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width=”750″ height=”422″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> It’s easy to love sapele lumber, especially for furniture and cabinetry. The wood is well-mannered when it comes to machining and working it with hand tools, making it a pleasure to use in woodworking projects. But it’s also downright beautiful with flowing ribbons of stripy figure trailing from end to end
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We’re in the midst of hosting a woodworking contest, and below are several details you might want to know about. Prizes, a public show for the entries, and how the judging is handled. The project theme is “Wall Art,” and it comes due on November 7 – so if you’re registered, I sure hope you’re hard at work
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FREE Entry Project Theme: Wall Hangings Project Deadline: November 7, 2015 Reception/Awards Night: November 14, 2015, 6:00 pm You’ll Get $50: Every completed project receives a $50 store credit Prizes: First prize is a 14″ bandsaw from Oliver Machinery. See other prizes here.  Rules and Guidelines So what’s a wall hanging? No doubt about it, this theme
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width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Tropical walnut might be a new wood to you, and that’s okay. This is a type of walnut that grows in Ecuador, Peru and Colombia, and happens to be a close relative of American black walnut. The two woods have similar color, hardness, and general working characteristics – they’re both rather nice
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