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I recently built my own standing height desk, and this video will show you a little more about it. Like many furniture projects I started out looking for one to buy. As you probably know, buying furniture is an uninspiring event in which you discover: nice furniture costs money sometimes more money than wish to part with …Read More

Little Red Book Barn by Dr. Clyde Perry

Did you know that one out of six children who do not read at age level by the end of third grade will not graduate from high school? In fact, in middle income neighborhoods, there’s a ratio of 13 books for every child. Regretfully, in low-income neighborhoods the ratio is alarmingly backwards: 300 children for every one …Read More

Here's a sample of a creative Little Free Library

Woodworkers from all over the Phoenix metro area put their skills and creativity to good use by building “Little Free Libraries” in our latest woodworking contest. And you should really come see the projects! These small outdoor bookcases encourage literacy, neighborhood sharing, and when installed they add a sense of friendliness to the community. In …Read More

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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. It’s a more or …Read More

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 …Read More

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 …Read More

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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, …Read More

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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 …Read More

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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 …Read More

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Sometimes, an idea for a project just jumps out at you when you see a piece of wood. That’s what happened when we brought in a small load of dimensioned ipe (ee-pay) lumber that was cut into uniform sizes of 3/4″ x 5.5″ x 72″.  I made a small bet with myself that I could …Read More

Few people approve of pale sapwood in their walnut lumber,  but in the words of  Jim, a salesman at one of our faithful walnut suppliers back east, “When people ask me for a 100% heartwood face in walnut, I just tell them they’re dreaming.” You may be tired of hearing that sapwood isn’t considered a …Read More

It’s time for a woodworking contest, folks. In the past, we’ve hosted woodworking competitions in which you made decorative boxes. Usually we assembled a package of materials that you had to use and then we established a maximum size all for sake of “creative tension” — and then set you free to make amazing boxes. …Read More

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