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  • Friday's Tip for March 7th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, March 7, 2014
    Versatile Center Gauge I wanted to add accent dowel "dots" down the center of some slightly curved, tapered table legs. Sounds simple, but I nearly pulled my hair out trying to accurately find the center of these legs using a ruler! I was about...
  • Friday's Tip for January 24th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, January 24, 2014
    Plane Stand Every so often I need to plane down a piece of wood that is too small for my jointer. To handle these small jobs, I devised a stand for my No. 5 Stanley jack plane. The plane rests upside down on two wood blocks that fit up between the ridges...
  • Friday's Tip for February 14th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, February 14, 2014
    Stable Roller Stand I bought a roller stand to support my lumber when sawing. It worked okay, but sometimes the rear leg would fold up and the stand would collapse. This was very annoying. I fixed it by adding some plastic cable ties at the top and bottom...
  • Friday's Tip for March 28th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, March 28, 2014
    Cutting Multiple Parts One day my wife asked me if I would make her 58 shields for awards day at her school. Usually when I cut multiples on my scrollsaw I tape or screw the parts. This time I hot-melt glued them together. It not only worked great, but...
  • Friday's Tip for January 3rd

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, January 3, 2014
    Double-Decker Mini Clamp Here's a great little clamp for those light-duty hobby or craft jobs. Start with two ordinary clothespins, then modify and combine them as shown above. You now have a clamp with triple the capacity of a single clothespin....
  • Friday at Brad's Bench April 25th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, April 25, 2014
    Not Exactly At The Bench Browsing my local Woodcraft supply store today. Turns out they're now distributing Shapton sharpening products. If you're not familiar with them, they are the cream of the crop ceramic stones. I was drooling over their...
  • Friday's Tip

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, April 26, 2013
    Starting today, and continuing each Friday, I'll be posting tips from the American Woodworker archives. This first one, however simple, is one of my all-time favorites, and one of the most-reached-for tools in my shop. Belt Sanding Block I do most...
  • Friday's Tip for July 5th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, July 5, 2013
    Thickness Gauge I use this handy device constantly to check and compare thickness on a variety of projects. Slide the gauge over the edge of the stock, keeping the graduated edge flat on the surface of the board, and read the thickness. You'll have...
  • Friday at Brad's Bench May 9th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, May 9, 2014
    A Little Bit of Buried Treasure A friend of mine had an old two-seater Adirondack chair that she figured was rotting and ready for the landfill. But she liked it so much, that she asked me to copy it for her, but build it using composite decking material...
  • Friday at Brad's Bench May 2nd

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, May 2, 2014
    Cordless Jointer. Yup, it's late. But it's still Friday. It's been a whirlwind of a week. While working on a project today, I got to use one of my favorite techniques. Most seasoned woodworkers are well aware of this one, but not everyone...
  • Friday's Tip for May 10th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, May 10, 2013
    Adjustable Curves Laying out a large curve with a cobbled-together, oversize compass is a pain in the neck. Instead I use a bowed slat that can be adjusted to any curve. I used to bend the slat with my hands and draw the curve with a pencil in my mouth...
  • Friday's Tip for June 28th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, June 28, 2013
    Router Dado Jig In the course of my work as a contractor, I often need to build cabinets and bookshelves on site - without the luxury of shop tools. I gave up on the flimsy router fence supplied with the machine and made the jig shown in the sketch. The...
  • Friday's Tip for May 24th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, May 24, 2013
    Bevel Gauge For years I ground a way-too-shallow edge on my favorite chisel. It wouldn't hold up worth beans, so I dug through the junk drawer for something I could make a bevel gauge out of. What I came up with is this simple jig. Just place the...
  • Friday's Tip for January 31st

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, January 31, 2014
    Photo 1 Photo 2 3A 3 B 3 C Spacious Drill Press Table I built this auxiliary drill press table to give me the extra support and room I need when drilling cabinet doors and sides. The core is MDF but particle board would also work fine. I edged my table...
  • Friday's Tip for February 7th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, February 7, 2014
    Flip-Top Sawhorses I got tired of rummaging around for a blanket or anything soft to lay my finished projects on, so I rigged up these simple carpet caps that fit on top of my sawhorses. They just flip out of the way when I'm back to rough work. James...