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Woodworking is a fun outlet for home improvement enthusiasts because you can custom build furniture like this DIY Pottery Barn Table or create unique solutions like this Hot Glue Gun Holder and Classy Boxed-Wine Holder. We hope you enjoy the articles in this section for ideas and tips to accomplish your next woodworking project.

DIY Pottery Barn Farmhouse Table
Ethan | April 2, 2013
DIY Pottery Barn Farmhouse Table

If you keep up with Jocie and The Better Half, you know that she’s been busy giving our dining room a makeover. She has done a great job, and so far Jocie has painted the walls, refinished an old buffet, created a very cool plate wall, and incorporated some furniture we just inherited. Well Jocie has been pining for a farmhouse table to go with the new decor, and she really liked the Keaton Dining Table from Pottery Barn. Don’t bother clicking on that link. The PB table costs $1,600 + $100 delivery! That’s a bit out... 

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How to Make an Easy, Accurate Table Saw Sled
Ethan | March 12, 2013
How to Make an Easy, Accurate Table Saw Sled

I’ve decided to build a few accessories to better utilize my table saw, and my first add-on is a table saw sled. With a sled, making cross cuts is fast, safe and very accurate. Sleds are useful for trimming sheet goods, mitering small pieces, making repetitive cuts and more. I know this sled will come in handy for a lot of projects including one that I’ve recently started (but haven’t written about just yet). I made my sled in about four hours, and that includes time to “dial in” the sled fence. It slides... 

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Edge Jointing Wood Without a Jointer
Ethan | March 1, 2013
Edge Jointing Wood Without a Jointer

A great part of hanging out with pro contractors and carpenters (like Joe Bianco) is that I can pick their brain for my own projects. I mentioned a new woodworking endeavor, and Joe offered up some good ideas including making sure I properly joint all the wood. The problem is that I don’t own a jointer so I started looking for alternate methods, and indeed, there are ways to edge joint wood without a jointer. What is Edge Jointing? If you’re not familiar with the term, edge jointing (or just jointing) is the process of milling... 

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How to Make a Wooden Cross Puzzle
Ethan | February 14, 2013
How to Make a Wooden Cross Puzzle

Pro-Follow Update: The good news is that I hope to back on a Pro-Follow with Joe Bianco later this week. Things have been a little slow so I’m eager to get back to it. I won’t give away any of the details except to say this it’s another basement with a few complications. In the meantime, I have a quick, easy puzzle to show you. I enjoy the brain-teaser-esque wooden puzzles, and I came across one while perusing LumberJocks. This puzzle is easy to make, and it’s easy to solve if you know the trick. Tools... 

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How to Make a Classy Boxed Wine Holder
Ethan | February 6, 2013
How to Make a Classy Boxed Wine Holder

The problem with boxed wine is that it comes in a cardboard box. These boxes are great for shipping, production, and the environment, but you’ll never see a waiter present boxed wine at a table or old boxes used as decor. The boxes are unattractive, and that’s too bad because in my opinion some of the wine is very good and significantly cheaper. So what are you going to do? Well, if you know Jocie, or ever read her articles on The Better Half, presentation is important to her, so much so that she usually pours the wine into... 

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How to Make a Glue Gun Holder
Ethan | February 1, 2013
How to Make a Glue Gun Holder

If you never frequent the “finer side” of OPC, I’d encourage you to take a look. Jocie does a great job with The Better Half, and I’m always impressed with the crafty projects she pulls off. For instance, she has an article called Pallets 101 with a video all about how she makes those awesome pallet signs, and check out these amazing handmade leaf bowls! With Jocie doing more and more, we finally setup a craft desk, and one of the accessories she requested was a glue gun holder. Today’s article is about how... 

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How to Make a Simple Wooden Business Card Case
Ethan | January 21, 2013
How to Make a Simple Wooden Business Card Case

If you’re like me, working with your hands is a little therapeutic, and I really enjoy taking on small woodworking projects (like this cribbage board). My hope is that as time goes on, I’ll use fewer and fewer power tools so while I’ve already completed this business card case, I plan on making another. Heck, I might even splurge on some nicer wood. Until then, here’s how I made a slim, wooden business card case. Like many of my woodworking projects, I started with a piece of scrap pine. Most... 

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How to Make a Cribbage Board
Ethan | November 5, 2012
How to Make a Cribbage Board

It’s been a little quiet around OPC recently; however, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. A lot of my time has been tied up with hurricane Sandy and working to complete my shed. I’ve also been writing articles for other publications. Despite all that, I’ve just finished another woodworking project, and I’m really excited to share it with you. Brett from Art of Manliness challenged me to build a cribbage board, and although I’ve never played, I thought it would be fun. After reading up about... 

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Make a Cutting Board from Hardwood Flooring
Ethan | October 4, 2012
Make a Cutting Board from Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is a beautiful addition to any home, and if you’re interested, Fred has an excellent guide for installing hardwood flooring available at that link. After you finish the install, you can return any unopened boxes to the distributor. I suggest you keep a number of spare boards in case the worst should happen and you need to make a repair. What does any of this have to do with cutting boards? When I decided to make one, I dipped into Fred and Kim’s stash for the materials. Fred and Kim installed Brazilian Walnut... 

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How to Build a Router Table
Ethan | July 2, 2012
How to Build a Router Table

Today’s article is a guest post by John from Our Home From Scratch. Before I turn things over to John, I wanted to let you all know that Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl hosted last weeks Before & After story. If you’re not familiar, every year we run a Before & After series supporting Habitat for Humanity. Show some love, and check out the awesome outdoor kitchen remodel! Ever since I started doing even basic woodworking, I wanted a router table. Granted, there are a number of higher priced items on my woodworking... 

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