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Mr. B’Eagle Wooden Dog Sculptures

Mr. B’Eagle Wooden Dog Sculptures
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Created by Jakob Burgsø’s Boyhood Design, these solid oak sculptures pay tribute to the comics of childhood. While he’s officially named Mr. B’Eagle we think you can call him Snoopy once he’s sitting on your bookshelf. Available with light ears, dark ears, or completely dark, and in small (5.9″ h) and large (8.6″ h) sizes.

Bottle Cap Plinko Machine (w/Candy)

Bottle Cap Plinko Machine (w/Candy)

Over on Etsy, you can find a variety of bottle openers that have a Plinko-style drop mechanism. But Thompson Woodworks built the best version we’ve seen, combining the bottle opener with a Skittles dispenser that triggers only if you land your bottle cap in the proper tray at the bottom.

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Fractal Jigsaw Puzzle Coasters

Fractal Jigsaw Puzzle Coasters
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byKIEVWOOD’s unique coasters feature intricate fractal designs which can be taken apart and reassembled as jigsaw puzzles. They each come with an outer layer to protect puzzle pieces from sticking to your glassware. Sold in a set of six, with optional personalization. Their larger fractal puzzles are also worth a look.

Benewin Folding Camping Table

Benewin Folding Camping Table
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Benewin’s sturdy and outdoor-friendly table is a notch above others. Their larger model measures a substantial 47.3″ x 23.6″ x 17.4″, and packs down to just 26.3″ x 9.8″ x 7.1″. Its made from solid wood and features a removable roll-up top and triple folding legs. They also make a smaller 35″ wide model.

Dozen Puzzle Gift Set

Dozen Puzzle Gift Set
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Kubiya Games sells this bundle of 12 wooden puzzles, packing in months of entertainment and challenge for kids and adults alike. Its top tray holds the completed puzzles, while the bottom offers storage for the pieces if you get stuck along the way. Its puzzles range in difficulty level from medium to very hard.

Ugears Hexapod Explorer

Ugears Hexapod Explorer

Wood model maker Ugears was clearly inspired by robots when they engineered this mechanical marvel. Once assembled, the six-legged creature ambles along on smooth surfaces when you wind its spring. The 388-piece, flat-pack model takes about 8 hours to assemble.

Woodturning the Earth

Woodturning the Earth

Woodworker Frank Howarth keeps getting requests to create a globe of the Earth. He started with 3D modeling software to project the map onto triangle shapes, then cut each of them and assembled them into a faceted sphere before turning the whole works on a lathe. It took lots of trial and error, but the finished piece is amazing.

Record Cutting Boards

Record Cutting Boards
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These round cutting boards make a great gift for home chefs who enjoy music while cooking. Cutting Boredom’s walnut wood “vinyl” boards feature punny artwork like “Vanilla Slice”, “Feastie Boys Grill Communication”, and “N.W.A. Straight Outta Chompton.” They come in 10″ or 14″ sizes and can be custom engraved too.

Hollow Core Door Drum Kit

Hollow Core Door Drum Kit

Builder Tim Sway dusted off an old drum kit he found in the trash and gave it a whole new life. What makes these drums really special is that he crafted their bodies by recycling hollow core closet doors. He then reused the old hardware and added new Remo drumheads. Tim has previously made guitars from a similar material.

OakyBlocks Desk Organizers

OakyBlocks Desk Organizers
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Keep your office tidy and organized with these modular wood trays from Oakywood. Each OakyBlock has magnets built-in for snap-together configuration. They come in small and large sizes, pen/pencil trays, phone dock, wireless charger, and sticky notes holder models in both oak and walnut. Also sold in multi-tray bundles.

Making Wooden DNA

Making Wooden DNA

Woodworker Kurahito is an expert at sculpting unusual forms from lumber. In this clip, he shows how he used a table saw to gradually carve a springy, helical shape out of a dowel rod. With two of them intertwined, it looks like a strand of wooden DNA. Turn on closed captions for an explanation of the process.

Hidden Jigsaw Puzzle Table

Hidden Jigsaw Puzzle Table

Jigsaw puzzles can be loads of fun, but they also take up lots of table space. Simone Giertz came up with a solution by designing and building a an overly-complex dining table. Its tambour wood roll-top conceals a jigsaw puzzle compartment that rises like an elevator. That painter’s tape and glue clamp is a neat hack.

Mini Wood Travel Chess Set

Mini Wood Travel Chess Set
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This compact chess set from Letteroom is perfect for travel, measuring in at just over 4″ across. It’s constructed from rosewood with a brass inlay around its playing surface. A built-in drawer holds its game pieces and has a foam insert to keep them from rolling around.

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Making a Wooden Vise Grip

Making a Wooden Vise Grip

Clamps are usually made from metal for a good reason. After all, they need to be able to withstand a decent amount of stress as they’re tightened. While it might not be the most practical of workbench tools, we do love the craft and engineering of this plywood vise grip clamp built by carpenter John Heisz.

Impossible Dovetail Cutting Board

Impossible Dovetail Cutting Board

A dovetail joint that locks on four sides seems physically impossible. But craftspeople have figured out a way to build these perplexing objects with some tricky diagonal cuts. Fix This Build That used his X-Carve CNC machine to create a cutting board with the technique, and the resulting piece looks really awesome.

Wooden Laser Synthesizer

Wooden Laser Synthesizer

Rather than go with an off-the-shelf synthesizer, Edward Black Rose built his own from scrap wood. Its wooden keys make strings vibrate between a laser and a photocell, then send that signal to a software synthesizer. It’s not ideal for creating polyphonic sounds, but it’s a clever design nonetheless.

Weaving Wooden Sculptures

Weaving Wooden Sculptures

Artist and builder Charlie Baker creates incredible sculptures from materials found in nature. Rather than use finished lumber, he works meticulously to preserve the organic shapes and textures of the twigs and branches he uses as his primary medium. WIRED’s Obsessed takes us inside the artist’s mind and process.

Wooden Nintendo Switch

Wooden Nintendo Switch

After winning more eBay auctions than he expected to, modder Peter Knetter had some extra Nintendo Switch handhelds lying around. So he took one of them and gave it a complete makeover – covering its plastic case and buttons with wood ones. It’s definitely thicker and heavier than the original, but it’s certainly unique.

Giant Tippi Tree

Giant Tippi Tree

Make Anything’s Tippi Tree is a party game that challenges players to stack and interlock blocks but in a more organic way than Jenga. Maker Devin Montes has now built a giant version of the game out of wood. If you want to play some Tippi Tree for yourself, you can purchase the design for 3D printing from MyMiniFactory.

Amador Rocking Chairs

Amador Rocking Chairs
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Masaya & Co.’s unique rockers add style and relaxation to any space. Each chair is handcrafted from sustainably sourced teak, walnut, or mahogany wood, and features a woven cord seat and back in an eye-catching pattern. Our favorites? The Mot Mot and the San Geronimo. No assembly required.

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Coffeify Wood-Handle Mugs

Coffeify Wood-Handle Mugs
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There’s something about sipping coffee or tea from a quality mug that makes the ritual even more enjoyable. Coffeify makes these beautiful ceramic mugs with intriguing designs inspired by nature. Each has a wooden handle for a cool grip, a matching lid, and an insert for straining loose tea. They also make a glass version.

Rubber Band Shotgun

Rubber Band Shotgun
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Robotime’s flat-pack wood kit gives you everything you need to assemble your own working rubber band shotgun. It features a simulated pump-action mechanism and can fire multiple bands in sequence. Includes wooden soldier targets and plenty of rubber bands.

Legal Surface Skin

Legal Surface Skin
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Give new life to any smooth surface with BLIK’s photorealistic woodgrain skin. This self-adhesive print can go onto desks, tables, bookshelves and more, giving them a natural look. They come in four sizes: 48″ x 24″, 60″ x 30″, 72″ x 36″, and 80″ x 30″. More Surface Skin designs here.

Making Hook and Loop Wood

Making Hook and Loop Wood

Velcro and other similar fasteners are made using an interlocking pattern of tiny hooks and loops. Builder Kurahito wanted to see if the same technique could be applied to wood, allowing for two pieces to stick together without glue or other hardware. The results are mixed, but we can see the potential for this to work.

Walnut Wood Keycaps

Walnut Wood Keycaps
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Loha Custom Design makes these elegant keycaps from solid walnut wood. They fit all Cherry MX and other MX switch keyboards and are available in 60% (61-key) and 80% (87-key) sets. You can also buy individual keys and custom logo keys if you can’t afford the full set. They also make a matching wrist rest.

Carving a Wood + Resin Bear Sculpture

Carving a Wood + Resin Bear Sculpture

Toronto Blue Jays player turned artist Blake McFarland of BM Sculptures shows how he made an awesome sculpture of a bear by assembling various hardwood sticks and coated them clear epoxy resin. He used a chainsaw to cut the rough shapes and then smoothed out the design using a variety of handheld grinders and sanding tools.

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