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Calling all (wood shop) kids!

I’d like to see more kids and young adults work wood. Probably a lot of other people would like to see that, too. In order to encourage more young people to get into woodworking we'll be showcasing projects from young people in upcoming issues of the magazine. The challenging part is that I’d love if these articles were also written by a kid or young adult.
I started to put the word out over the past few days on social media and the CW&HI woodworking and DIY forum and the response has been good. Although there are no set rules, the goal is to get people between the ages of about 10 and 20 to write simple, fun project articles for our print and digital magazine. They can be really simple projects, and geared towards someone that age. I’m thinking everything from birdhouses and pencil cases to a name sign for a bedroom door and a marshmallow catapult. I think a tablet stand would also go over well with kids. My goal is for a good mix of projects for kids and young adults, written by kids and young adults.
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Free Plan:

Build a hexagonal planter

Building a project for the great outdoors is always fun, and this planter will surely turn heads.

Most indoor woodworking projects are only seen by a few people, but when you create an outdoor project it will be seen by more people.
Hexagonal planter
Tool Review:

5 impact driver kits for under $200

With so many impact drivers on the market, where’s a woodworker or DIYer supposed to start? We take a close look at five kits, and let you know the pros and cons of each before you buy.

These days, when it comes to selecting an impact driver there’s a long list of options to consider. Rich Keller has taken a look at five impact driver kits, comparing the similari­ties and differences of the impact driver in each kit, plus torturing them a little bit to see how well they performed on some of the toughest fastening applications he could find. 
Impact Drivers
Wood Finishing:

Adding years of patina... overnight

There’s something about a gracefully aged antique that catches your eye. Then again, maybe it only looks like an antique. Learn how to add decades of character in just a few hours.

If you’re like me and are willing to apply a bit of elbow grease and common sense, it’s possible to turn a new piece of furniture you’ve recently made, or perhaps one you recently purchased, into a faux antique. As long as you’re honest and fess up to the fact, there’s nothing wrong or unscrupulous about it. Come along with me as I add years of patina to a rocking chair I recently came across. Using the techniques I’ll share with you, you’ll be able to give any piece that “aged graceful” look. It’s easier than you’d think.
Adding Patina
Woods to Know:

Bocote (Cordia spp.)

Bocote, like its close relative ziricote, is a very beautiful wood with a unique appearance. The heartwood is an attractive yellowish-brown overlain with distinctive black lines giving the wood an active and striking figure. Subtle birds-eye figures can appear and when quarter cut, bright ray flakes shimmer on the surface.

Up to six species are harvested and sold as bocote, with Cordia elaeagnoides the most commonly seen by woodworkers. Botanical considerations aside, appearance and workability are the properties desired by craftspeople. Harvesting occurs mostly in Mexico and other countries of Central America. Some of the logging is done selectively with mules, which helps maintain a sustainable resource by avoiding clear cutting.
"Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly ever acquire the skill to do difficult things easily.”
Friedrich von Schiller

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