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  1. Whimsical Catalog Covers



    various whimsical catalog covers


    The Rockler catalog, in print since 1954, has circulated hundreds of editions, but none more fun than our collection of whimsical covers. The idea behind them was to create an alternate, fictitious origin of the products they depict. Based on hand-drawn illustrations by creative professionals, they bring an extra light-hearted energy to some of our signature products. We hope you stop and enjoy some of these hand-crafted pieces as much as we enjoyed creating them. And of course, we need to ask, “Which one is your favorite?”

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  2. How To Make A Continuous Wood Grain Taco Holder



    wooden taco holder


    Woodworkers Journal Senior art director Jeff Jacobson designed the jig that makes this Continuous Grain Taco Holder both safe and easy to rout, and he has been hoping to fit this project into the magazine for at least a year. His wish is now coming true — and for good reason: it’s a quick and fun novelty you can make for those upcoming holiday parties or south-of-the-border meals.

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  3. How to Build a Kitchen Island with Pre-built Panels and Butcher Block



    kitchen island butcher block project


    A kitchen island can make a very nice upgrade to your home, adding both utility and value. If you have the room for it, an island like the one I’ve built here can even improve the efficiency of your cooking workflow, not to mention adding a cozy place for two people to sit and enjoy a meal.

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  4. How To Build A Log Cabin Birdhouse



    log cabin bird house


    Rarely do creatures speak to us of freedom and frailty as do birds. They brave bitter winter storms, exhausting annual migrations, natural predators and a host of other dangers throughout the year. Yet their enviable gifts of flight and beautiful appearance give us a lift whenever we see them. And while birds of a feather do flock together, most still prefer privacy while raising a family.

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  5. How to Build a Hardwood Mosaic Picture Frame


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    This picture frame uses a plywood base with decorative hardwood tiling, and it makes a nice home woodworking plan. Professionally made picture frames come in two types: the chintzy-looking cheap ones, or the really great-looking expensive ones. I decided that I would like to build my own and come up with a really great looking frame that was inexpensive but definitely not cheap!

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  6. Self Gifting Ideas for Woodworkers

    gift under the tree labeled to me from me


    Tis The Season To Give To Yourself. The season of giving is approaching fast. This year don’t forget to include yourself on the shopping list. Here are our top picks for treating yourself this holiday season.

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  7. Table Saw Dust Collection Tips



    wood sitting on top of a table saw


    If you're like most woodworkers, a table saw is the most often used tool in your shop. Getting adequate dust collection to it should be a primary concern. But not all table saws are set up to make dust collection easy. Open based contractor saws present a particular dust collection challenge. Two of our woodworking experts offer a few tips on the subject.

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  8. Wood Router Basics



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    Whether you use a router made long before you were born, like the 1950s Stanley or one of the technologically advanced models built today, either machine can perform a range of essential woodworking tasks that can’t be bested by any other power tool. If you’re a woodworking novice, I’ll go so far as to say it should rank near the top of your “short list” of tools to buy first, even ahead of a table saw — routers are that useful.

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