13 Epic Projects From Ron Swanson's Workshop

Diply 20 Sep 2016

It's a shame so many kids today don't get to take shop classes in school. There's joy in sawdust. Just the process of sawing through wood, joining two pieces together, and carefully sanding it down is rewarding. And when you have the finished piece in your hands, you know you've accomplished something, and you have a physical reminder of that.

And if you have a knack for it and stick with it, you can make some extraordinary things. Just look at what's come out of Parks and Rec star Nick Offerman's wood shop. As if being a talented funnyman wasn't enough, he's also an accomplished woodworker.

You might remember Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation.

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This is Nick in his natural habitat, the wood shop he runs in California. He and a small team of skilled woodworkers turn out some startlingly beautiful hand-crafted projects made largely from re-claimed wood and fallen trees.

Here are some of their best...

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1. Mustache Combs

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If they're good enough for Nick's soup-strainer, they're good enough for anybody's.

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2. Shaving Supplies

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Because men who groom closely shouldn't have to suffer with ugly store-bought shaving implements.

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3. Cribbage board

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Made with redwood inlaid with walnut, maple, and wenge, nobody gets skunked playing on a board like this.

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4. Canoes

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Nick doesn't just paddle his own canoe, he also makes his own canoes – and they're freaking gorgeous.

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5. Paddles

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And, of course, you can't have a canoe without a proper paddle or two.

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6. Ping Pong Table

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It almost looks too nice to play on. The whole thing is hand-crafted, right down to the net and the inlaid paddles.

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7. Zeus' Wagon Wheel

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A round table made from reclaimed Douglas fir timber, complete with a lazy Susan. Good enough a Greek god or for King Arthur himself.

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8. Skateboard

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Sturdy white oak with a stylish racing stripe down the middle, this board seems like the exact thing Ron Swanson would choose to gleam cubes with.

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9. Baseball Bats

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American lumber at its finest, hand-turned out of ash and love.

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10. Walnut Table

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Like so many of the projects at Offerman Woodshop, this table showcases the wood's natural beauty.

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11. Whiskey Boxes

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To keep valuable whiskey safe from sunlight and envious eyes.

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12. Oak Conference Table

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You have to imagine the first conference at this table would mostly be about the table.

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13. Porterhouse Coffee Table

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Fallen redwood becomes the centerpiece of this room – you just have to hope you have some help handy if you need to move it.

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