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November 29, 2010
Today in AW Extra:

Build a Slabwood Bench

While visiting a sawmill near my shop I noticed a pile of offcuts sitting out in the rain. A rounded slab of white oak caught my eye—the grain just popped on the sawn side and the bark was almost completely gone from the rounded side. After months of wondering what to make with it, I decided a bench would the best way to retain its natural slab look.

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Make a Rustic Picture Frame-A Reader Favorite

Believe it or not, real diamonds in the rough are waiting to be found in firewood or even fallen limbs, and they're free! So picture this: your favorite family photo in a frame made of wood harvested from your own backyard.


This great shop project is one of hundreds you'll find on The Complete 25-Year American Woodworker Magazine Collection on DVD. This expansive digital library places a quarter-century of woodworking expertise right at your fingertips. It's a must-have workshop addition.

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The Lowdown on Backyard Sawmills

At some point, most woodworkers think about sawing their own lumber. The inspiration might come from a big blown-down tree or a custom tabletop made from one or two slabs of unusual wood—or just the ever-present appeal of free wood. Whatever the reason, the idea of do-it-yourself lumber making intrigues most of us. That's why I decided to I check out nine different handheld and frame-mounted sawmills.

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Simple Lumber Maker

If you're interested in do-it-yourself lumber making, but don't want to pony up for a backyard sawmill, use your bandsaw instead!

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Home Sweet Log

Here's proof that one guy's log is another guy's palace.

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Special Offer: Holiday 2-for-1 Deal

This holiday season, you can subscribe or renew your subscription to American Woodworker magazine AND give a one year gift subscription to a friend—both for one low rate! That's 2 subscriptions for the price of 1! Plus, you and your friend will both receive “7 Shop Storage Solutions,” a FREE GIFT to download now!

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The Grand Opening of the NEW AW Bookstore!

We’ve dusted the shavings and woodchips off our old online shop and spruced up a bit for your shopping enjoyment. Check out the NEW American Woodworker Online Bookstore! While you’re at it, don’t forget to take a peek at our customer favorite and hottest item in the shop The American Woodworker 25 Year DVD, where you can have instant access to over a quarter-of-a-century of woodworking tips, techniques and tools right at your fingertips.

Plus, shop now and receive FREE US shipping when you spend just $25. Be sure to enter offer code AW25S at checkout and hurry this special offer ends 12/5/10.

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