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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Friday at Brad's Bench

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, April 11, 2014
    The farm where I grew up is thick with old white oak trees. A few years ago, we took down one of them that had been threatening to fall on the machine shed. It had been standing dead for a number of years, so we thought it would be excellent firewood...
  • Just a saw bench

    by Steve Newman     Tuesday, April 8, 2014
    Built from a few parts. A 2x10 from the dumpster, one store bought 2x4x8' and a few scraps. needed to make this so I could build a workbench later. Legs sply out about 20 degrees or so. Used that step ladder as a workbench. I clamped a spare plank...
  • Workbench build in an Afternoon?

    by Steve Newman     Tuesday, April 8, 2014
    Some of the pictures of this little pjoject. That stepladder served as a bench during the build. The patio table held the few tools i used for this. The saw is an old Craftsman 7-1/4" all-metal circular saw, and a couple hand saws. Visegrip finger...
  • A Shaker Stool For The Workshop–Part 5

    by Joe Zeh     Monday, April 7, 2014
    In Part 4 we cut three more holes in the seat and copied three more legs into position, even though it was only temporary. We created two rungs, each different in length, but the second being a simple lengthening of the other. We used the splay planes...
  • Friday at Brad's Bench

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, April 4, 2014
    Making a change to my blog posts. Instead of posting old tips from the American Woodworker archives, I'll be posting a wide variety of stuff, including projects on which I'm working, new tools that I'm putting through their paces, or maybe...
  • CutList Bridge 2.7 Released

    by Joe Zeh     Thursday, April 3, 2014
    SketchUp Make and Pro 2014 brought with it many improvements including the upgrade from Ruby 1.8.7 to Ruby 2.0 for its Ruby API and Plugins. Like most improvements, there are some casualties and collateral damage. I had hoped that CutList 2.6 release...
  • Christina Pupo’s folded chair

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Monday, March 31, 2014
    In June 2012 I taught a furniture design class at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Penland is a fantastic place with the best facilities, staff, students, and perhaps most importantly: Food! But, I digress. Christina, a Canadian designer who...
  • A Shaker Stool For The Workshop–Part 4

    by Joe Zeh     Monday, March 31, 2014
    In Part 3 we trimmed the leg with a compound cut so that it sat flat on the floor and was flat with the seat. We also modeled the seat and put one hole, for one leg in it. Today we are going to cut three more holes in the seat. We will then have to use...
  • 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 March 21st

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, March 21, 2014
    Alright, this one's actually from our old Question & Answer department. Clean Up Squeeze Out Q. I saw one of those woodworking wizards on television the other day. As I watched the guy build a three-day project in 30 minutes, I noticed he washed...
  • A Shaker Stool For The Workshop–Part 3

    by Joe Zeh     Wednesday, March 19, 2014
    In Part 2 we modeled the leg, copied and position three more. But the legs extended through the floor and beyond the height of the seat. Today we are going to cut the leg to length, essentially a compound miter cut at each end. We will do this using a...
  • Festool Connect in Providence, RI

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    Here's how to stay tuned to all the action on Thursday, March 20th!
  • Short film: Chair making in the Margaree Valley, Nova Scotia

    by Yoav S. Liberman     Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    I stumbled upon this short film today and I am confident you will enjoy watching it (perhaps with one reservation which I'll explain below). It was created in Canada in 1959 and was titled " The Chairmaker and the Boys". It tells the story...
  • THE DOG BUNK

    by DUSTY MILLER     Sunday, March 16, 2014
    Made to order for a customer who has 2 extra large dogs . This is a double bunk with staircase.This is made from reclaimed timbers and it has been linseed oiled. This i am told will be installed in a barn. This bed size is top bunk 48 inches x 37 inches...
  • Friday's Tip for March 14th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Saturday, March 15, 2014
    Retractable Chuck Key After losing three chuck keys I attached the fourth to a plain, old retractable key chain. Now I don't have to turn my shop inside out looking for my chuck key because it'salways within easy reach. I truned the holder upside...
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