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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mere Mini: Rustic fall lawn decoration

Here's a fun lawn decoration you can make in about an hour using whatever scrap materials you might have on hand. I made mine using pallet wood. Get creative!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A little about WIA

Thank you all who came out to the Woodworking in America show. It was so nice to meet you!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Make a small parts cabinet

Hi everyone! I'm back from the Woodworking in America conference last week. It was great to meet so many of you. 

Next, I want to apologize for the autopilot mode this web site is still in. I promise the new web site will be online soon! It has been a long process and we have had a number of setbacks and challenges. Thank you for your patience!


Don't panic! These drawers are easy to make!

The notion of making sixteen individual drawers sounds like a nightmare. Plus, it would be hard to maintain accurate sizes on all of them, especially when they are as small as these. The system I use for these is simple: make a long box with dividers, then chop them up. After cutting all the drawers, measure them and build the cabinet around them.

I made mine out of MDF because it's inexpensive, easy to work with, and won't pose any expansion/contraction issues. The drawers fit pretty snug, so any expansion from humidity would cause solid wood to lock into their spaces.


Want to thank littleBits for sponsoring this episode! I am completely obsessed with this system. We are looking at the future of open source hardware, building and prototyping. Check out their web site and if you like what you see, use promo code WOODWORKING at checkout to get $20 off your first kit.