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  1. How to Rout a Cutting Board Juice ֱ

    using a router jig to make a cutting board juice groove

    A popular feature many woodworkers add to their cutting boards is a juice groove. A juice groove prevents liquids from dripping off the edge of your cutting board and creating a mess on your countertop. It’s essential that the juice groove is smooth and evenly formed around the perimeter of the cutting board. This juice groove router jig makes the process of routing the cutting board juice grooves easy, accurate and adjustable.

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  2. How to Make Wood ֱ


    Rockler shutter kits lead

    Wood plantation shutters are a classic window treatment. Creating your own custom wood shutters is easy! First consult the to obtain your dimensions. Then enter the shutter dimensions into the to get your FREE downloadable plan. The plan includes a detailed list of all the supplies you'll need to construct your custom shutters!

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  3. How to Measure and Cut Stair Treads

    installing a new wood stair tread

    The trickiest part of installing stair treads is often cutting them to fit perfectly between the walls or baseboard. The Perfect Fit Stair Tread and Shelf Gauge makes it easy to determine the length of the stair tread and if the ends need to be cut at an angle to fit against the sides walls. The gauge slides to set the length of the stair tread from 28" to 48" long. . And, if the side walls are not perpendicular to the tread, the gauge also features side angle finders that pivot to match the angles of tread ends.

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  4. Make a DIY Kubb Yard Game Set

    diy kubb yard game pieces

    How to make a Kubb yard game set. Kubb is a popular lawn game. It is sometimes described as a Viking chess game. The name Kubb is pronounced similar to koob. Kubb lawn game is played with wood blocks and wood batons. While Kubb’s origins are obscured by the passing of years — a lot of years— it seems most likely it was invented in Scandinavia more than a thousand years ago. The Kubb game spread throughout much of northern Europe. Originally the playing pieces were likely firewood. As with many such folk traditions, the rules varied with the region and the period of time. It can be played with anywhere from one to six on a team.

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  5. Make a DIY Porch Swing


    Carefree summer porch swing

    How to make a porch swing for your home. This DIY porch swing features a contoured seat and back, plus cup holders on each arm, making it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a cool drink. If you’ve ever built an Adirondack chair or a simple picnic table, you’ve got the skills you need to make one of these swings for your special outdoor getaway.

    This porch swing can be hung from a porch ceiling that features a minimum of 2x6 framing rafters. If you don’t have a porch, a sturdy horizontal tree limb could offer another hanging option, or you could build a freestanding framework or arbor to install the swing practically anywhere in your yard or garden. The porch swing pictured was made 4/4 African mahogany. But cedar, cypress, white oak or redwood would be other good choices, too.

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  6. File Cabinet Project Plan

    walnut and black stain file cabinet

    Tax season is here and I quickly realized how much I needed a filing cabinet. So I designed and built one to fit under my desk that also matches the black and walnut aesthetics in my office. For this build, I used ash that’s stained black for the case and drawer boxers, and then used walnut for the drawer front.

    The case is made from 3/4” ash and walnut lumber that I got from Rockler.

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  7. How to Make a Blanket Chest with Box Joints

    cherry blanket chest with box joints

    A blanket chest makes a beautiful and useful addition to any home. Making a blanket chest is a classic woodworking project. A blanket chest is essentially a large box with a hinged lid. You can design your blanket chest to be as simple or ornate as you like.

    This blanket chest is designed with clean lines and few ornate details. It features box joint corners that are structurally strong and beautiful. Box joints are easy to form with a router table and a Router Table Box Joint Jig . The following video walks you through the basic process of using a Router Table Box Joint Jig. Plus, you can download the .

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  8. Make a Mitered Half-Lap Corner Picture Frame

    mitered half lap picture frame

    The miter joint is often used to form the corners of picture frames. This popular joint hides the end grain of the frame parts and creates a continuous grain or profile pattern around the frame corner. The downside of a miter joint is that the end grain to end grain connection is not as strong as a joint formed by connecting long grain.

    You can strengthen a miter joint with a hidden half lap connection - called a mitered half-lap joint. The result gives you a conventional-looking miter joint from the front, but the back of the joint resembles a half-lap. This joint may sound complicated, but it is actually easy to make with a router table and the Rockler Router Table Half Lap Jig.

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