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When you spend $2000 on a new a table saw, chances are it will come with a mediocre blade. And you’ll probably endure that blade until it’s too dull to tolerate, then you’ll finally decide to dip into the lumber budget to buy a new one. That’s when you’ll discover a sea of choices, and the experience will probably
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Box 336, 1st place

We host two woodworking contests per year, and if nothing else, we’re having an awful lot of fun admiring and showcasing the beautiful work our customers do. In this third installment, we asked people to make a lidded box no larger than 16″ in any direction. It could be any shape or style – it
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Box 309

I really hope you spend more than a few minutes browsing the gallery of marvelous projects below. The 99 lidded boxes you’ll see are the entries in our latest woodworking contest, and we’d sure like your help picking the best ones. No doubt, it might be overwhelming. 99 boxes is a lot of boxes. We
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For months, 100 woodworkers from all over Arizona immersed themselves in building custom hand-crafted decorative boxes for entry into our woodworking contest. The only constraints to the project were that it must have a lid, and it must be no larger than 16″.  From there, the entrants enjoyed the wide open space of creative freedom to carve, turn,
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In this post, we share several tips for finishing mahogany in a way that gets you to the color you want and with a glass-smooth protective top coat.

width=”800″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> You have dozens, maybe hundreds, of ways to finish mahogany for your woodworking projects. That’s part of the beauty of the wood; you can apply nearly any finish to it and it’ll look wonderful. So there’s no way to make a definitive declaration about the best finish for mahogany. But I can pass you a
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Here are three nice ways to help give walnut its best finish possible. Each method produces beautiful color without making the wood look unnatural.

When we say walnut looks great with a finish, you’re probably asking, “Um… which finish?” Good question. However the answer isn’t exactly a simple one because you can apply dozens of techniques to walnut and the wood will . . . look great. But here are three really good ways to give walnut a nice appearance in
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FREE Entry Project Theme: Lidded Box Project Deadline: March 14, 2015 Reception/Awards Night: March 21, 2015, 5:00 pm You’ll Get $50: Every completed project receives a $50 store credit Prizes: Win a Tormek T-4 Wet Sharpener ($429 value) or other woodworking tool packages valued up to $300 For this contest, build a small decorative box, no
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width=”800″ height=”600″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”> Yep, that’s Norm Abram. You’re going to want to watch this. No doubt about it, with a table saw and a router, a modern day woodworker is an unstoppable force. But the table saw is the most ubiquitous woodworking tool of our age. Indeed, it’s what separates woodworkers from, well, their neighbors-who-need-a-favor. If
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For five months, nearly 100 woodworkers have been working on custom hand-made wood stools to submit to our woodworking contest. It came due on November 8, and in the end 38 pulled through. On Friday November 14, we held reception and awards ceremony at Practical Art in downtown Phoenix. The folks who came got to see
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UPDATE: We Have a Winner Congratulations to John Beck, creator of Stool 101! He’s won this “round” of voting in the stool contest. Tonight we’ll have a separate vote during the reception which will decide the winners of the tool packages and other prizes. Come to Practical Art at 7:00 pm (late is okay, come
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  If you enjoy marveling at beautiful custom hand-made woodworking projects, you’ll get a kick out of this exhibit. For the last few months, woodworkers all over Arizona have been working hard on crafting wood sitting stools of any design, shape, and style for our woodworking contest. This exhibit is open to the public, and you’re
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Unlike trade shows, the Excellence in Woodworking show is more like a celebration of the craft, art, and science of woodworking and presented by the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers. It features a large display of superior completed projects from bowls and keepsake boxes to tables and rocking chairs, all handmade by woodworkers from all over
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