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Maslow Made Picnic Table (an experiment in templates)

Harbor Freight Clamps One Year Later

A year ago I wrote about the demise of America’s clamp manufacturers and my choice to try a few inexpensive alternatives for the obsolete Pony, …

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Hand Tool School #28: How to Apply Masterpiece Wood Finish

...plus the pros and cons of using the system<p>After I finished building a pedestal table based on the Hancock Shaker Table, I thought I'd try a …

Geeking Out Over Daniel Moyer's "Workshop Tables"

...the ones that customers don't see<p>As a teen I waited tables, and free "server's meals" were provided after each shift. These were dowdy, …

Woodworking

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Two New Furniture Making Techniques That Are Challenging Traditional Woodworking

And they were created by students<p>After thousands of years spent manipulating wood, humans are still inventing new and exciting ways of working with …

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How to Make a Wooden Speaker For Your Phone

This DIY speaker makes an attractive and rugged dance party companion.<p>Your iPhone's dinky speaker will suffice for speakerphone calls and listening to podcasts while you cook, but it's hardly adequate for properly enjoying music. Bluetooth portable speakers are a great solution, sure. But for …

Cherry Roller: Grainworks AnalogOne.One

In 2010, Robert Penn penned an awesome book titled <i>It’s All about the Bike</i>, the story of his journey to build a custom bike by visiting the makers of each component, from the Campagnolo factory to Brooks England for the saddle and Rourke Cycles for the frame.<p>In 2016, he released another tome called</i> …

Woodworking

How to Use Your Planer as Jointer for Milling Large Pieces of Wood

A planer can be used as a jointer by following a few woodworking tricks.<p>Woodworking jointers and planers are used to mill wood so they can be used to build furniture and other projects to correct dimensions. If your workshop doesn't have a jointer to square up an edge or your wood piece is too …

The "Fritz und Franz" DIY Table Saw Safety Device

For those with sliding-table-equipped table saws, this simple jig lets you do tricky cuts quickly and safely<p>I saw a lot of interesting things at …

Woodworking

How Woodworker Greta de Parry Changed the Design Game

The sculptor behind the iconic Coleman Stool shares insight into her creative process. (Who can't relate to #4?)<p>Chicago-based sculptor and woodworker Greta de Parry has earned a spot on the new guard of contemporary furniture designers—possibly thanks to a love affair with concrete. By fashioning a …

Toyota Launches A Wooden Car

The Ise Grand Shrine, dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu, is the holiest shrine of the Shinto religion. Every 20 years, people tear it down. Then, they build it new, all from wood, without a single nail. They have been doing this for around 1,300 years. Instead of preserving a single structure, …

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Build a Crosscut Sled And Up Your Table Saw Game

Crosscut sleds are must-have jig for anyone with a table saw. Here's how to build them.<p>Building a few custom jigs to guide your cuts will unlock the potential of your table saw, and the most important may be the crosscut sled. A crosscut sled provides a stable platform for you to make straight, …

Inside Ikea's Globe-Spanning Project to Make Solid Wood Furniture

Ikea is one of the largest furniture company on Earth. It's one of the largest <i>companies</i> on Earth. When a company this big decides to make even a …

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Olixar Charging Apple Watch Bamboo Stand with iPhone Dock

<b>Combined Apple Watch 3 / 2 / 1 and iPhone charging dock</b><p>The Olixar Bamboo Stand is the perfect accessory for your Apple Watch Series 3 / 2 / 1 as well …

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Build This Brain-Teasing Golf Ball in a Block of Wood

When we published the Tooth and Nail brain teaser here on <i>Make:</i> back in February, it got a large and enthusiastic response. Apparently, others love this kind of wooden head-scratcher as much as I do.<p>So, here’s another easy-to-make brain teaser, the Golf Ball in a Block of Wood. It uses the same hot …

Woodworking Not-So-Common Sense

As you can imagine in my line of work, I spend a lot of time helping new woodworkers solve problems. This gives me a unique perspective on the …

With A Few Pulls, Seemingly Random Wooden Structure Transforms Completely

Transforming furniture has become a very widespread trend in the last decade, as the increase in rent costs across the world has compelled people to …

Slanted Modular Shelving Unit Requires No Glue, Screws, or Complex Instructions

If you've ever assembled a piece of furniture, you know that it can be a complex challenge. But, what if we told you that there's a shelving system out there that doesn't require glue or screws? Designer Aurlien Veyrat of Objet Optimis has created a piece known as the <i>L Shelf</i>, which utilizes a …

Workbench Review: A Classic Joiner’s Bench

As always I’m very grateful to anyone who makes the time to comment on my postings here, and I do my best to respond in a helpful manner. On the back …

Once Again a Combination of Design, Fine Woodworking and Roleplaying Games Leads to Tremendous Success

The Wyrmwood Magnetic Dice Tower System is a small, clever product produced by a small, clever team<p>Adults who play role playing games have money, and …

An In-Depth Look at How the Riviera Tray is Made

<i>Founder of MAY Furniture Co., Travis James is a designer, craftsman, and multidisciplinary artist and is the mind behind the Riviera Tray, which is</i> …

Core77 Visits Festool

An 8-part series on what makes Festool's power tools special<p>On the occasion of their 90th anniversary, German power tool manufacturer Festool invited …

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Father Designs/Builds Transforming Lego Storage Unit & Workstation for His Son

It's ingenious, space-saving and "on-brand." Lego should hire this man<p>We designers are perhaps biased in thinking the best thing a parent can do is …

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Core77 Visits Festool, Part 5: Q&A with Festool Industrial Designer Timo Kuhls

One designer, many engineers<p>During the Conturo presentation at Festool HQ, product manager Wolfgang Reines led the talk. Assisting with the …

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Core77 Visits Festool, Part 4: Their Design Process

Here's how Festool brings a new power tool, the Conturo, into existence<p>Who the Tools are Aimed at<p>Here we'll get a chance to look at Festool's design …

Woodworking

Core77 Visits Festool, Part 6: Behind the Scenes with Their Testing & Quality Control

The crucial steps in maintaining the tools' reputations<p>In the design process post we saw what goes into the development of a new Festool power tool, …

Core77 Visits Festool, Part 3: The Thinking that Drives the Company

Festool develops products by starting at the end, with what comes out of a customer's mouth<p>When a company has the right type of ethos, their designs …

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Dirk Vander Kooij’s Diffuser Cabinet

Sponsored by The Macallan<p>At first glance, Dutch designer Dirk Vander Kooij’s Diffuser Cabinet resembles a 110cm-high Jenga Tower. Disguised as a visually intriguing, textural and seemingly random pile of wooden blocks, the tower actually serves as a multifunctional object for optimal acoustics and …