Projects

New Beginnings Intarsia or Fretwork Cross

New Beginnings Intarsia or Fretwork Cross

By Carol and Homer Bishop We designed this project to represent our faith and as a way to celebrate the birth and renewal of spring. Created with traditional intarsia techniques, which use only natural wood colors, the design lacked the impact we originally envisioned. We tried several different methods to […]

by March 10, 2016 How To, Patterns, Projects
Frog Eye Plate Saves the Day

Frog Eye Plate Saves the Day

by Jo Schwartz Transform an ugly pine plate into a pretty piece of pyrography Pine is great for many craft projects, but it is not ideal for pyrography. Its grain alternates between being very hard and very soft, and becomes sappy in spots when subjected to heat. However, you might […]

by March 4, 2016 Projects, Step by Step
Celtic Knotwork Trivet

Celtic Knotwork Trivet

By Sam Willcox The Celtic Knotwork Trivet is a fun project that uses two forms of stack cutting to create a decorative or functional art piece. These fundamental techniques work together to make a very attractive project, but more importantly, the techniques can be used in many other projects. In […]

by March 1, 2016 How To, Patterns, Projects
Textured and Overlaid Celtic Cross

Textured and Overlaid Celtic Cross

By Patrick Spielman Though it looks like a very complex project, this Celtic cross is surprisingly easy to make. It incorporates some overlay work, a special spray finish, and a little bit of woodburning. The project is so enjoyable that I recommend making at least two crosses at the same […]

by March 1, 2016 How To, Patterns, Projects
Inlay Earrings

Inlay Earrings

By Theresa Ekdom These inlay earrings are an ideal way to use up the scraps of hardwood left after cutting your Christmas ornaments. You can cut several in a day as gifts for family, friends, or yourself! Start by stacking two contrasting colors of hardwood together by running a bead […]

by February 9, 2016 How To, Patterns, Projects
Filigree Heart Frame

Filigree Heart Frame

By John A. Nelson Cut by David Penman With Valentine’s Day on the way, this graceful heart frame is a perfect way to show your significant other that you are thinking about them. The frame is beautiful when cut from an exotic hardwood. For youngsters, it can be cut from […]

by February 9, 2016 How To, Patterns, Projects
Filigree Fretwork Hearts

Filigree Fretwork Hearts

Delicate designs make great Valentine’s Day decorations By Alison Tanner You still have time to make these beautiful fretwork designs inspired by intricate Battenberg lace for Valentine’s Day. The fretwork hearts make perfect decorations for Valentine’s Day. To make paper hearts, stack colored paper between two pieces of scrap plywood […]

by February 4, 2016 How To, Patterns, Projects
Political Party Puzzles

Political Party Puzzles

By Jim Sweet   Democrat? Republican? Show your support for your favorite political party with these whimsical Woodimal puzzles.   A Woodimal puzzle usually spells the name of the animal it represents. This unique set honors the Republican and Democratic parties instead. On the patterns, the dotted lines are for painting […]

by January 20, 2016 Patterns, Projects
Cutting Boards: A Perfect Hostess Gift

Cutting Boards: A Perfect Hostess Gift

By Dayle and Jeff Taylor An attractive cutting board made from beautiful hardwood  always makes a welcome gift. Not only can you change the shape of the board, personalize it by cutting or inlaying a design into the cutting board. Add a wildlife scene for a nature lover. Cut in […]

by December 22, 2015 Projects
Making a Pinewood Derby Track

Making a Pinewood Derby Track

Work out the kinks on your gravity-powered racer before the big day In the Pinewood Derby-Style Race Cars 2014 special issue, the experts suggest racing and tweaking your car before the race. Below is a short article on how to make your own racetrack. Attachments: • Building your own test […]

by November 25, 2015 How To, Patterns, Projects