WOOD Answered

Ok, so im 12 (i dont want too hear "oh your too young blah blah blah" i love to work with my hand but i never can get all of the materials and just quit does anyone have an idea what i could make that i could actually finish? i like to play with wood?

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Http://mann-tut-was-mann-kann.com/terrassenverdeck-tipps/ THIS is the german way to deal with wood ! , Click the link and learn more about german wood techniques :)

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Any crafts with wood blocks?

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A swell trick with a nail in wood.

Originally via Boing Boing, original video by Stevin Marin:

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