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AW Extra - Think Ahead: Gift Projects for Next Christmas

December 10, 2010
Today in AW Extra:

Expanding Dining Table

This handsome cherry dining table is perfect for family gatherings. Without leaves, it seats six; add two leaves to seat eight or four leaves to seat ten. Don't worry about having to turn the legs—you can buy them already turned. To get boards that match perfectly in color and figure, you may even go crazy and buy an entire log.

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Turned Post Bed

Here's how to maintain a positive attitude the next time you hear the phrase "Honey, would you please make the bed?" Forget the sheets and pillowcases. Head down to the workshop, glue up some timbers and make this bed! It's a big project that'll wear you out, but when it’s finished you'll have a great place to catch some ZZZZs.

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A Modern Hoosier Cabinet

Eighty years ago every modern homemaker wanted a “Hoosier” cabinet in her kitchen. As a baking center, it was the last word in efficient design and convenience, packed with labor- and time-saving features. In today's kitchen, a Hoosier cabinet is a great conversation piece that you can use for bread-making, as a coffee bar, or to store dishes and linens or pots and pans.

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Steam-Bent Music Stand

Bending wood with steam may seem mysterious, complicated or even dangerous. But actually, it's a blast. To give it a try you'll need a steam box to heat the wood, forms to bend the pieces around … and patience. After all, steam bending is as much art as it is science, and failure is part of the learning process. But as this music stand shows, the results are worth the effort.

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Woodworking Projects Galore
American Woodworker 25 Years of Issues DVD

The Complete 25-Year American Woodworker Magazine Collection on DVD is loaded with fantastic woodworking projects like the ones featured in this newsletter. 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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20 Furniture Projects—Now Available!

Thumb through complete plans and how-to information for 20 different projects all wrapped up in one complete special issue. You’ll enjoy 6 large projects, including a classic Stickley-style sideboard, a frame-and-panel hope chest and a a two-part bookcase. Six medium-sized projects feature an outdoor chair and picnic table, plus a Queen Anne footstool. For last-minute, quick and easy projects (think holidays!), you'll find 8 ideas for one-day items including a photo-album, a wall shelf and a turned plate. Shipping now – only $9.99.

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