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Japanese hand planes or kannas are remarkable tools that can shave off layers of wood so ridiculously thin that they look like tissue paper. The wood shaving in the GIF above is only 8 microns thick which almost sounds like an impossible measurement because even human hair has a diameter of about 50 microns.

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Video: Even if your carpentry skills aren't much more than having watched a few episodes of Better Homes and Gardens, it's still pretty common knowledge that a drill only works in a straight line. Or does it? Woodshop hacker Izzy Swan created a custom rig that can actually drill a curved hole instead.

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Video: There are over 150 steps in making a bamboo fishing rod which involve nearly 60 hours of work to actually complete. That's a lot of work. You can sneak a peak at how it gets done — the carving, the burning, the shaving, the glueing — in the video below by Michael Herman. In it, you get to follow fly fisherman Nick Taransky around as he meticulously makes a bamboo fishing rod. The fun part is trying to figure out what the next step in the process is because it's not nearly as simple as cutting a strip out from the bamboo.

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Video: There's no reason I need to make charcoal — I don't normally use it for anything, and if I did, bags of it are so easy to buy. But I find the whole process of exhausting wood sticks into little brittle black pieces so much fun that I'm going to start inventing reasons to use charcoal in my life.

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Any type of tree house rules. Throw a shanty on a tree trunk and the world immediately becomes a beautiful place. This tree house, though? This tree house is legitimately awesome. In the woods and next to the water, it has a bridge, windows, a deck, and basically everything you ever wanted in a tree house.

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Video: This is a really neat woodworking project from Matthias Wandel: turning a single piece of wood into a chain just by using power tools. It takes very careful planning and specific carving to transform the block of wood into links on a chain, but Wandel shows us his entire process in detail. The end result is really fun, because you still can't believe how he made that (even though you saw him make it).

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Video: OK, so he had a lot of help from his dad, but this Year 3 student's school project — a wooden model of the Steel Bridge in Portland — is totally awesome. It has all the moving parts of the real bridge; both the lower and upper decks can be lifted to make way for boats on the river.

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Video: Watch as Matthias Wandel spins a block of wood on a lathe in order to make a Tippe top, a spinning top that can flip upside down and still spin. It's a pretty fun toy, because when you think the top is about to fall over, it catches itself onto the surface and flips itself in a completely new direction and keeps on spinning.

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Video: Here's how a traditional wooden lacrosse stick gets made. You get to see how it's done from the search for the right type of hickory tree; to the splitting of the wood into halves, quarters and eighths; to the steaming, bending, knitting and everything in between. It's actually a humble process to make a stick for such a hoity-toity sport.

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Video: Those wooden railroad ties underneath the metal railroad tracks? Absolutely solid hunks of wood perfect for reclaimed furniture. Here's one being transformed into a stable wooden bench that can fit a whole lot of adults. The build is pretty simple too - all you need is a saw, a drill and a chisel to pull it off.

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Video: Don't ask why anyone would ever make a wooden switchblade, just appreciate that we live in a world where a wooden switchblade could be made. John Heisz put together a wooden knife that pops out like any old switchblade and it's pretty neat. He sands the wooden blade down and grinds it like you would any other knife and the end result is such a beautiful piece.