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Cherry Bookcase Project

This is not your average bookcase. This bookcase features many curves as well as a hidden toe kick drawer with hand cut dovetails.

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Maple Cutting Boards
Cutting Board Project
Cutting boards are a great project learn basic woodworking techniques. They also make great gifts. I made another 5 cutting boards last year for Christmas. I had made cutting boards before but last time I just used planes and scrapers to practice my traditional woodworking techniques.

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Welcome to Sawdust and Shavings

I created this site to give fellow woodworkers project ideas and to share my experience with the tools that I own. I've tried to buy better quality tools from the beginning so my ratings reflect the bias towards good quality tools.

Despite the name of the site, Sawdust and Shavings, I don't enjoy sawdust. I much prefer to use planes and other hand tools if possible. They produce much less dust and are more enjoyable to use. Not to mention, they can be real time saver in the right hands. Yes, I still use power tools and use sandpaper on many of my projects, but I still get a lot more enjoyment out of using a properly tuned and sharpened smooth plane than I do using any of my motorized sanders. Hand tools may take a little more time to learn, but with the right tools and a little persistence they will drastically improve your woodworking quality and efficiency.


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