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Hardwood squares and veneered frame make for an elegant project that's sure to become a family heirloom. And whether chess or draughts is your game, the divided drawer under the board holds everything you'll need for your next match.

Bead-front bookcase
We'll show you how to build this small bookcase in a few days. The joinery is simple. The drawers are straightforward. And all the bead moulding is made with a single router bit.

Candle centre piece
If you would like a unique gift to build, take a look at this centrepiece. It's one project you won't be burning the midnight oil to complete.

Flip-lid card case
Any way you look at it, this flip-lid case is a good deal. It features veneered faces, a home-made hinge, and a magnetic catch. Plus, you'll be able to build it in no time.

Veneering basics Cutting small squares
Inlay strips
Top ten router tips
Making and installing a catch plate
Mitre box for small pieces