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

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

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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Rabbit Carrot
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2 months ago

Stunning!

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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

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

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

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Nor
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2 months ago

I have no words, the way this is so awesome

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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

Desk Dog Lamp

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Titas Burinskas
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2 months ago

TAKE MY MONEY

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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

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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Nor
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2 months ago

This is talent on a whole new level

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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

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

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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Cactus McCoy
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2 months ago

I even like the color.

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#6

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

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

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LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
Community Member
2 months ago

I love it as a diamond. But let the art speak to you

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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

Little Cedar Cabin I Built Solo

Little Cedar Cabin I Built Solo

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Cactus McCoy
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2 months ago

:casually builds a cabin:

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#8

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

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

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
2 months ago

Funky!

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#9

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

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

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Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
2 months ago

My god! Applause to them for this masterpiece

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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

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

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

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PCW10101
Community Member
2 months ago

Amazing!

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#11

Couple Of High Chairs For My Grandson

Couple Of High Chairs For My Grandson

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mulk
Community Member
2 months ago

You will give it to him on May the 4th?

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#12

Made A Bunch Of Cutting Boards For Everyone At Work

Made A Bunch Of Cutting Boards For Everyone At Work

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Rabbit Carrot
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2 months ago

I’ll take a Mario one please.

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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

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

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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Tamra Stiffler
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2 months ago

This is amazing!

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#14

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

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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Nor
Community Member
2 months ago

I really, really want one...this is so BEAUTIFUL

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#15

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

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

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Iain Glencross
Community Member
2 months ago

Purpleheart?

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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

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

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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Nor
Community Member
2 months ago

WOW, just WOW

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#17

I Finished My Wood-Carved Relief Globe At Last!

I Finished My Wood-Carved Relief Globe At Last!

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Pam Rix
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2 months ago

Beautiful project! Amazing detail with the topography. How long did it take you?

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#18

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

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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Iain Glencross
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2 months ago

Bet it’s more than twice the quality.

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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

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

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

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May
Community Member
2 months ago

So cute!

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#20

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

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

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Nor
Community Member
2 months ago

You'll alway be your own worst critic...but this is beautiful in other people eyes

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#21

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!

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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May
Community Member
2 months ago

How do you leave something so personal, that you've put so much work into, behind?

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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

I Built My Baby A Bed

I Built My Baby A Bed

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USMCFelicia
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2 months ago

Umm, so where does one find a mattress if that shape?? Asking for a friend

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#23

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

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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dee dee
Community Member
2 months ago

Do you do comissions? I want these!

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#24

Made My Son His First Computer. Walnut Case

Made My Son His First Computer. Walnut Case

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Fabrice
Community Member
2 months ago

Scotty : Beam Me Up !

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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

A Resting Place For My Best Friend

A Resting Place For My Best Friend

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Agent 8433599
Community Member
2 months ago

May the sweet doggy reste in peace

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#26

Last Cutting Board, I Promise

Last Cutting Board, I Promise

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Sue Lynn Chan
Community Member
2 months ago

There goes my brain…

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#27

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

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

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Tamra Stiffler
Community Member
2 months ago

Kind of a tangent, but I'm still amazed that surgeons can take a heart from one person and give it to another. And this is a nice piece. ☺️

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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

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

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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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
2 months ago

Very nice!

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#29

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

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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Katherine Boag
Community Member
2 months ago

Pro BONEo

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#30

I Built A Built-In Bookcase In Our Crooked Home

I Built A Built-In Bookcase In Our Crooked Home

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
2 months ago

Really nice!

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#31

Finished!!!

Finished!!!

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will bower
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2 months ago

Now that's nice

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#32

She Said Yes! Pop Up Engagement Ring Box

She Said Yes! Pop Up Engagement Ring Box

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ravina nimje
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, thousand times yes!

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#33

Epoxy Table With Light Shinning Through

Epoxy Table With Light Shinning Through

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Agent 8433599
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2 months ago

If I had that, I wouldn't get anything done! I would just stare at it all day

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#34

Went A Little Bit Extra With This Kids Kitchen

Went A Little Bit Extra With This Kids Kitchen

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Sarah S
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2 months ago

I'm pretty sure you just won the parent of the year award !

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#35

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

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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Francisco Manuel Teruel Gutiérrez
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2 months ago

This is a beautiful idea.

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#36

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

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

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PCW10101
Community Member
2 months ago

Divine!

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#37

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Electrical Panel Covers I Made

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Electrical Panel Covers I Made

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over it already
Community Member
2 months ago

Oooh - I really love these!

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#38

My First Try Making A Plaid Fabric Looking Cutting Board

My First Try Making A Plaid Fabric Looking Cutting Board

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Tamra Stiffler
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow!

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#39

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

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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mulk
Community Member
2 months ago

so cool! "THIS IS COOKING!"

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#40

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

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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Lyone Fein
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2 months ago

Lovely

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#41

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

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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Kimberly Lorton
Community Member
2 months ago

He would've loved it as is! You did an amazing job! So sorry you lost your uncle!

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#42

Shipping Delays Are Insane, So I Built My Own Couch

Shipping Delays Are Insane, So I Built My Own Couch

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Lazy_Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

Probably better quality than buying one

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#43

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

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

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Hannah Edwards
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2 months ago

I’d love this for a sewing box.

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#44

The Ribs Of A Skateboard Park I Helped Build

The Ribs Of A Skateboard Park I Helped Build

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Agent 8433599
Community Member
2 months ago

That looks so cool!!

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#45

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

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

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s gorgeous!

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#46

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

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

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
2 months ago

I will buy them all.

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#47

First Day Cottage 99% Complete

First Day Cottage 99% Complete

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Bill cipher
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

*Frantically hands money* when can i move in???? *EDIT* IF YOU WANT TO LIVE HERE TOO I DON’T MIND SHARING

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#48

A Chair I Made For A School Project

A Chair I Made For A School Project

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Mahayana
Community Member
2 months ago

Amazing!! But for me I will absolutely break a toe on the chair legs on the first day!

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#49

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

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

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BorPand8
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2 months ago

The cat is looking so smug and the dogs are looking so pitiful lol

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#50

I Made A Cryptex Portable Vault

I Made A Cryptex Portable Vault

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Rabbit Carrot
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2 months ago

And you’ve given everyone the code!

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