141 People Who Took Woodworking To Another Level And Shared The Results In This Online Group (New Pics)

When I see an ornate cabinet or a beautifully sculpted chair, I often forget how much design and hard work must have gone into creating it. Every detail required precision and care. It can be easy to take for granted how accessible wooden goods are, but behind every elaborately crafted piece is an enthusiast who devoted time, energy and passion into it. To recognize some of these artists, we at Bored Panda have compiled this list of some of the most unique and impressive woodworking projects proud craftsmen have shared on the subreddit r/Woodworking. From cutting boards to cabinets to nightlights, we hope you will enjoy appreciating these designer pieces as much as we did.

Let us know which creations are your favorites by upvoting and commenting on the images, and if you're looking for even more woodworking inspiration after reading this piece, check out some of our previous publications here and here.

#1 Made My Son His First Computer. Walnut Case

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Woodworking can be anything from a hobby enjoyed in one's spare time to a full-fledged career path. For those that practice recreationally, many find the process to be relaxing and rewarding. Creating something with your hands that you then get to use and enjoy for years to come is an amazing feeling. Kevin Hays, founder of Woodworker Lodge, explains the satisfaction that can come from woodworking on his blog. A self-described "ex-submariner turned woodworking hobbyist", Hays shares that, "When a project goes smoothly, there's no better feeling in the world." He encourages anyone with interest in woodworking to give it a try. It can be a valuable skill, a creative outlet and even a profitable hobby. 

#2 Oak Crib I Built For Our Daughters Nursery. Finished With Rubio Monocoat. I Finally Feel Like I Am Ready For Her Arrival

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Hays explains that many imagine woodworking to simply be carpentry, such as building furniture and appliances. While carpentry does fall under woodworking, the umbrella of woodworking is even broader. It encompasses anything built or created using wood. Even engraving text counts, notes Hays. This also gives woodworkers infinite freedom in terms of what to create. Want to create a designer paperweight or an elaborate tree house for your kids? The possibilities are endless.

#3 Desk Dog Lamp

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#4 Hello From Ukraine. My City Is Occupied By Russian Troops. So I Hurried To Finish Machete Pipe. Don't Know What Will Happen Next, But Think When The War Is Over I Will Send It To Danny Trejo

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You may be interested in taking up woodworking on your own time, but it can be intimidating to see all of these incredible pieces. Where does one even begin? Do not be discouraged, ambitious future woodworker. The internet is an amazing place, and it contains more than enough resources to start you on your wood crafting journey. Blogs such as Woodworker Lodge, The House of Wood, Woodworker's Journal and countless others make beginning a project seem much less daunting. What tools do you need to start? How expensive will the materials be? What type of wood is best for the project you've envisioned? The answers are certainly out there; don't let fear hold you back!

#5 A Side Table I Made To Look Like A Sitting Table Guy

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#6 I Posted My Daughter’s Bed Earlier, Here Is The One I Did For My Son. Roofed With Galvanized From Our Old Turn Of The Century Barn, And Wired With Switches For Light/Fan And An Outlet To Plug In His Echo. Also Leaving This One Behind For The New Owners, Hope They Love Them!

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There is a common misconception that woodworking must be an incredibly costly activity. Though many skilled workers agree that crafting a custom piece is likely to be more expensive than purchasing a mass manufactured one, not everything you create needs to cost you a pretty penny. Brian Forbes, author and woodworking expert, shares tips on his blog to make starting your woodworking journey more cost effective. He recommends searching for second hand tools online first before investing in more expensive tools later down the line. "Start out small," he writes. "You only need the basic tools at first." The startup cost is much lower than many expect, when purchasing is strategic and only used on what is necessary in the beginning.

#7 It’s Done!!! Now Should It Hang Like A Diamond Or Square? 2 Tone Stains On Birch

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#8 Made A Bunch Of Cutting Boards For Everyone At Work

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#9 Couple Of High Chairs For My Grandson

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If your passion and skill transcend the amateur arena, perhaps you are interested in pursuing a full-time career in woodworking. This can be an appealing choice for those who want to express their creative side through their work and those who are very patient with excellent attention to detail. To work professionally as a woodworker, you may require fulfilling an apprenticeship or enrolling in trade school, depending on where you live and the path you want to take. However, many skilled woodworkers are self-taught, with the internet being their primary guides, so there is no need to follow one specific path in advancing your career.

#10 She Said Yes! Pop Up Engagement Ring Box

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#11 I Made A Pet Gate That Keeps The Dogs Out While Allowing The Cats To Pass

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#12 My New Work, Turtle Nightlight! A Combination Of Resin And Wood!

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Being a woodworker is certainly a viable career option for those dedicated to the art. In 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the average salary for a woodworker in the US was $34,000 per year. The range of income varied greatly by state, however, with Hawaii, Alaska and Illinois reporting average salaries much higher than the rest of the nation. As of now, there are approximately 290,000 people employed as woodworkers in the United States, with about 40% of them specializing in furniture making.

#13 I Built This Mechanical Iris Cabinet Using Wood, Brass, And 3D Prints. There Are Over 100 Parts, 30 Bearings, And 16 Axes Of Rotation In This Design

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#14 I Made A Cryptex Portable Vault

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#15 Some James Webb Wall Art I Made. Cut The Back Board And Hexagonal Recesses Out Of Mdf With A Cnc, Painted Black And Added Gold-Tinted Mirror Segments

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Another concern that sometimes discourages people from taking up woodworking is the belief that it must be extremely dangerous. Using power tools with sharp blades to manipulate wood certainly does pose risks, but countless enthusiasts dive into woodworking safely (and without ever losing a finger!). Certain tools, such as the table saw, are much more likely to be responsible for accidents. According to a study conducted by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, table saws were the culprit for around 64,000 injuries in 2017. Unsurprisingly, the most at-risk body parts for woodworkers are their fingers, hands, and eyes.

#16 The Wood Brick Bowl! I Cast These Oak "Bricks" In Blue Resin And Turned Them Down To A Bowl

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#17 Little Cedar Cabin I Built Solo

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#18 Shipping Delays Are Insane, So I Built My Own Couch

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There are always methods to mitigate risk and ensure safe practicing when using woodworking tools. Scott Curry, writer of the blog Make From Wood, shared some of his top tips on staying safe: know your machine, use the correct tool for the job and don't skimp on safety equipment. He reminds readers that wearing protective gear is always worth the hassle. "Working on saw blades that are spinning at thousands of RPM’s per minute means accidents happen in a split second. Never skip on the basics for safety."

#19 First Day Cottage 99% Complete

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#20 A Coffee Table I Mad. Plus Dog Tax

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#21 Roll-Up Tool Box I Made... I Ended Up Making A Lid For The Last Compartment So My Stuff Didn't Spill Out

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When calculating risks associated with woodworking, don't forget to be aware of the hidden risks. Curry reminds readers of his blog to always protect their ears and lungs as well. Power tools such as the chop saw can reach 110 decibels, which can cause hearing damage to unprotected ears, especially if exposure is frequent or for long periods of time.

#22 17-Year Celtic Knot Table Project Involving 2 Generations. Dedicated To My Wife Susan Who Died Of Cancer And Never Got To Meet Her 30 Grandchildren. Western Red Cedar. Arm-R-Seal Satin. Base Pedestal Made Of Reclaimed Timber From A Western Sizzler Fire

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#23 Made A Spartan Knife Holder And Custom Knife Scales. Babinga For The Handles With Brass Pins. Spartan Is Maple, Padauk, And Walnut

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#24 Went A Little Bit Extra With This Kids Kitchen

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As for the lungs of woodworkers, it is important that they are protected from inhaling too much saw dust. A high quality mask, a good air filtration system and a dust collector can all work together to protect the lungs of everyone in the vicinity of saw dust.

#25 My Wooden PC Case Y'all Roasted The Living S*** Out Of. Seems To Be Working Just Fine. No Overheating So Far

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#26 My Sisters Car Had A Busted Center Console Lid, So For Christmas, I Took The Measurements From The Old Lid, Saved As Much Of The Hardware As I Could And Made A New One Out Of Walnut

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#27 My First Try Making A Plaid Fabric Looking Cutting Board

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As with any hobby or passion project, woodworking provides an opportunity to bond with a community of like-minded individuals. Enthusiasts frequent blogs, Facebook groups and the r/Woodworking subreddit to share their beautiful creations, seek advice and find inspiration for their next projects. Woodworking is a well respected art form that anyone can appreciate, even if you do not find yourself picking up some wood and a saw. Enjoy these impressive wooden feats, and feel free to show your admiration to the artists by commenting and upvoting!

#28 Most Expensive Desk Ever :) - But Think It Looks Pretty Cool

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#29 Wife Wanted Built In Shelves And Cabinets

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#30 We Replaced The Butcher Block Top Of Our Island With Granite, So I Cut Out The Sections Where Each Of The Kids Ate Growing Up And Made Cutting Boards For Them

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#31 Quit My Corporate Job In Digital Mapmaking/Map Data A Few Years Ago To Make Them On Wood Instead

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#32 Tried My Hand At Chainsaw Carving Yesterday. Pretty Happy With How It Turned Out

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#33 Record Player Stand I Made Over The Weekend

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#34 My Latest Wooden Dome After A Snowstorm

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#35 Coffee Table I Made For A Customer Featuring Landmarks From Her Home Town Of Edinburgh Scotland. Walnut With Wood-Stain Artwork

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#36 New Roommate Needed A Bed. So I Made Him One

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#37 A Small Cabinet For Bread And Pastry That I Made As A Gift For My Flatmate’s Birthday

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#38 To Commemorate A Family Member Receiving A Heart Transplant. Walnut Heart, Maple Stand

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#39 Last Cutting Board, I Promise

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#40 I Made This Wood Vase Display Cupboard

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#41 Walnut Koozie, First Attempt At Segmented Turning

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#42 A Toolbox I Made For My Dad. African Mahogany, Maple, Baltic Birch. Based On An Izzy Swan Plan

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#43 Wanted To Go With The Rock-On Hand Symbol But The “I Love You” Asl Sign Looked Better

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#44 I Made A Vibrating Candy Dispenser

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#45 Finished!!!

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#46 Chessboard And Pieces Build

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#47 Epoxy Table With Light Shinning Through

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#48 Mom Wanted A Serving Board Shaped Like Washington State. Walnut Body With Resin To Square It Up. First Time Using Resin Artistically And Trying The Whole Wave Thing. Pretty Pleased

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#49 Finally Finished My TV Tray

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#50 Told My Wife There Was No Way She Was Going To Pay $150 For A Shelf I Can Build Myself For $300. Showed Her

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#51 I Built My Baby A Bed

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#52 Scroll Sawn Project Of The Sheriff Of Nottingham, All Natural Wood. No Stains Or Dyes. Oodalally

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#53 I Finished My Wood-Carved Relief Globe At Last!

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#54 My New Push Stick Design

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#55 The Ribs Of A Skateboard Park I Helped Build

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#56 My Cousin Asked If I Would Help Him Build A Casket For His Dad,my Uncle. He Was A Woodworker His Whole Life. Rush Job So It Never Did Get A Finish On It. Cherry On Walnut With Walnut Live Edge Top

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#57 Some Of My Lamps That I Have Made By Myself. 100% Handwork. 200% From My Heart

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#58 Built From Scratch, Finally Finished Up My Sauna Today, Time To Relax!!!

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#59 A Chair I Made For A School Project

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#60 My Wooden Leg Is Nearly Done

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#61 Charcuterie Board Set I Call "Better Together". These Were A Wedding Gift For A Good Friend. I Took The Nesting Concept From Pictures But Added The Heart. I Think The Heart Makes It Much More Complete

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#62 Finished Our New Dining Room Table

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#63 Raspberry Pi Briefcase

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#64 Scroll Saw Turtles!

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#65 Was A Little Hesitant To Post, But Here's My First Piece Of Furniture

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#66 So This One Is Finished. Now I Need To Get It Into The House Without Any Damage... Made From Walnut. The Inside Drawers Are From Beech Multiplex

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#67 I Built A $2300 Wayfair.ca Console Table For About $150 And It Felt Great

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#68 A Resting Place For My Best Friend

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#69 Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Electrical Panel Covers I Made

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#70 My Newly Designed Custom Moveable Shop Cabinet

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#71 I Built A Built-In Bookcase In Our Crooked Home

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#72 Hello Reddit. It's Been A While... Let Me Show You My Little Box. Yes Its Made Out Of Wood

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#73 Star Wars Landspeeder Inspired Desk For My Son. Walnut And Ebonized Red Oak. Why Build A Desk When You Can Build A Spaceship?

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#74 First Post! I Am Building A Restaurant And The Millwork Is Coming Out Beautifully. All Red Oak

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#75 Just Finished Up My "Valentine's Gift" To My GF This Week

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#76 Woven Stool In Cherry. Could Be Better But Lots Of Fun, Lots Of Learning..milled And Joined By Hand

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#77 This One Took A While But Loved The Way It Turned Out. Used Bent Lamination For The Legs And Clear Resin/Manitoba Maple Live Edge For The Top

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#78 Cherry Wall Cabinet

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#79 "Taijitu" 2021 - Designed And Crafted By Me

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#80 Zigzag Chair (Design By Rietveld, 1934) I Made In Birch Ply

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#81 She’s Been Asking For A Loft Bed All Year. Finally Had A Gap In Wife Projects

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#82 My First Real Woodworking Project. It’s A Dna Trellis For My Girlfriend Who Is Working On A Phd In Genetics And Loves Plants

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#83 Got Funky While Building My First Staircase

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#84 Matching Spoons I Painstakingly Carved From Ebony- No Stain

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#85 Secret Storage On A Dresser I’m Building

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#86 Scroll Sawed The Cover For The Gunslinger

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#87 Now When My Friends Ask To Borrow My Chainsaw They Won’t Leave Empty Handed

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#88 Table For 2 From A 1939 Popular Mechanics

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#89 My 6 Months Build Ultimate Workbench

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#90 Second Prototype Turned Out Pretty Good. Love Walnut And Cord Together

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#91 Walnut And African Mahogany Corner Display Shelf I Designed And Built Yesterday

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#92 My Living Room Wall Design Out Of Plywood

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#93 3 Months Late On My Personal Timeline, I Finished My Wife’s She-Shed! Would Love Any Feedback / Questions On My Process. I’m *extremely* Amateur So Please Don’t Hurt Me Too Bad!

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#94 Wooden Car Build

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#95 This Is What I’ve Been Working On For Most Of The Last Two Months

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#96 This Isn’t Worthy To Be Here With Your Guys Creations, But Here It Is….

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#97 I Added An Extension To My Backyard Bar

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#98 My 6th Intarsia Project "That Millisecond Right When Arthur Pulls Out". 70 Pcs And 11 Species. All Purist (No Dye Nor Paint)

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#99 I Made This Comb Of Oak

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#100 Not As Impressive Or Intricate As Some Of The Amazing Pieces You All Are Making, But I Used A Lathe For The First Time Yesterday And Made A Baseball Bat!

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#101 Built This Little Guy For My Wife, And Was Immediately Commissioned To Make 6 More. I Criminally Underpriced Them, And I Regret Everything

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#102 Dnd Dice Tower (D&d? I Don't Know Dungeons, Just Wood). Made For My Dungeon Master Son

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#103 I’m 16 And I Built My First Coffee Table! Oak For The Top And Ash For The Legs

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#104 Handcrafted From Some Really Really Nice Poplar. The Forgotten Hardwood

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#105 Made Some Patterned Plywood, And Carved A Neat Little Bird From It

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#106 Made A Cutting Board For Our Sink So We Can Dispose Right To The Sink Disposal

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#107 Xmas Present For A Friend: Dice Tower Inside Walnut And White Oak Book

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#108 Cherry Sofa Table I Just Finished. Constructive Criticism Welcome

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#109 Just Finished This Deceptively Complicated Coffin Bookshelf For A Client. Super Happy With The Final Product

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#110 She Loved Her Christmas Gift, Despite Me Pointing Out The Flaws I See And Mistakes I Done

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#111 I Made This Trunk For My Mom For Christmas

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#112 My Daughters Room. Most Of It Is Selfmade

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#113 I Made An Axe. His Name Is Bogravn

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#114 My Journeyman’s Piece I Did A Couple Years Ago

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#115 My Wife Wanted To Buy A $2000 Coffee Table And End Table Set…. Yeah Right

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#116 Secret Doors To The Safe Room

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#117 Making It Yourself Always Feels Better Than Buying…especially When This Coat Hanger Was A Couple Grand!!

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#118 Hand Tool Cabinet- Beech And Walnut

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#119 Zebrawood Bar Mirror, As Requested By My Wife

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#120 White Oak Dining Table With Brass Accents

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#121 First Thing I Made And I'm So Proud. I Hope You Like It Too

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#122 Had An Old Pecan Tree Dying In My Front Yard. So I Cut It Down And Made A Table And A Baby Cage

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#123 Cause My Stocks Are Down. Can’t Afford A Bose. Had To Make One Myself

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#124 An Mri Safe (Non Metallic) Cane For Patients In The Scan Room That My Wife Commissioned (Pro Bono) For The Hospital Where She Works

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#125 My Favourite Thing I’ve Designed And Made At Work

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#126 First Time Using Cane Webbing On A Bed I Built

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#127 Urns I Made For My Mother Who Passed Away On Christmas Morning. She Loved Cardinals

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#128 Front Entryway I Recently Completed!

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#129 Wife Said Seller On Amazon Wanted $100 For This. I Was Able To Make It For Less Than 2x That!

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#130 I Got Commissioned By A Very Important Customer (My Mum) For A Sign, So Here It Is!

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#131 My Wife Wanted A Bench For Our Bay Window So I Gave It A Go. Not Much Of A Woodworker But I Came Out Alright!

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#132 In Need To Have A Sturdy Furniture For Larp, I Came Up With A Set That Converts In Its Own Transport Box For Travel An Storage. Style-Wise It Had To Fit In A Medieval/Fantasy Setup.

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#133 Meet Seth, The Stoner Sloth

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#134 First Time Making Endgrain Coasters

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#135 Christmas Skid Steers For The Kids And Cousins

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#136 Will They Float?

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#137 Had Someone Ask If I Could Make A Cigar Ash Tray Out Of A Stump For Their Den. It Weighs About 100 Pounds, But Came Out Pretty Sweet

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#138 From Firewood Worthy To Main Feature! Solid Victorian Door

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#139 A Bunk Bed. Quick And Easy Job. 150$ With Screws

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#140 Woodcarving I Made Of St. Patrick. Tried Posting On R/Woodcarving But Was Removed. Made From Limewood

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#141 I Cut Down A Tree And Made A Swing Set

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