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  • Desktop Clock

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, September 2, 2008
    Desktop Clock It tells the time, but keeps a secret. By Jock and Susan Holmen This clock holds a secret—a compartment for candy—and its construction involves a few secrets as well. Such as this: The case is made from 1/2"-thick mahogany...
  • Divided-Light Doors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 11, 2014
    Divided-Light Doors Add a masterful touch with classic glass doors. By Tom Caspar With the right set of router bits, a divided-light door is a lot easier to make than it looks. The key to success is simple: Measure and cut every single part first. To...
  • High-Style Low-Cost TV Cabinet

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, August 31, 2008
    High-Style Low-Cost TV Cabinet Simple joinery makes it easy to build – plywood makes it inexpensive. By Gary Wentz The striking style of this cabinet was inspired by visits to upscale furniture stores where we found similar pieces selling for $1...
  • Craftsman Frame

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Craftsman Frame Pegged half-lap joints are the cabinetmaker's way to build a beautiful frame. By Jock and Susan Holmen Picture frames are pretty easy to make, except when it comes to putting the pieces together. Getting four mitered corners perfectly...
  • Sycamore Pantry

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, September 4, 2007
    Sycamore Pantry The best way to match solid wood and veneer is to make the veneer yourself. By John English Sometimes you just fall in love with a special kind of wood. For me, that wood is quartersawn sycamore, but I’ve never had a chance to build...
  • Dovetailed Step Stool

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, February 12, 2008
    Dovetailed Step Stool Three kinds of dovetails make it extra strong. By Frank Klausz After I finish a large commission, I like to surprise my client during the holidays with a gift—this sturdy kitchen stepping stool. Making one is a pleasure because...
  • Whittled Peg Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 21, 2014
    Whittled Peg Rack It's just you, your knife, and the wood. By Tim Johnson Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks) when everything went wrong and you wondered why you decided to take up woodworking in the first place? It’s supposed to...
  • Natural Bench

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 10, 2012
    Natural Bench How to make strong joints in slabwood. By Greg Wood When I need wood for a project, my first stop is a small mill near my shop that specializes in local hardwoods. On one particular visit I noticed a pile of offcuts sitting out in the rain...
  • Appliance Garage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 25, 2012
    Appliance Garage Clear off your countertops! By Rick Christopherson An appliance garage provides functional storage for the hodgepodge of appliances that clutter kitchen countertops. Close the doors, and everything is out of sight. Open the doors, and...
  • Cottage Bookcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, April 27, 2014
    Cottage Bookcase Reclaimed Douglas fir gives rustic charm. By David Radtke Every board of this bookcase is full of character— nail holes, gouges and even hammer marks. That’s because each piece was pulled from an old Montgomery Ward warehouse...
  • AW Extra 9/26/13 - Oak Medicine Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Oak Medicine Cabinet Add style to your bath. By Bruce Kieffer Each morning, you probably look at a plain old medicine cabinet. Why not upgrade it? As a focal point in your bathroom, a new cabinet is a golden opportunity to display your skills. You’re...
  • AW Extra 10/10/13 - Country-Style Grandfather Clock

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 8, 2013
    Country-Style Grandfather Clock By Tim Johnson For many of us, a grandfather clock is the ultimate project. Traditional high-style clocks often involve such advanced skills as spiral turning, veneering and figure carving, to say nothing of the cost of...
  • AW Extra 10/17/13 - Lighted Quilt Hanger

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 15, 2013
    Lighted Quilt Hanger By Randy Johnson Decorative quilts make great wall displays, and this quilt valance gives you an easy way to show off a quilt—with light, no less. The top of the valance doubles as a small shelf for displaying plates or other...
  • AW Extra 10/24/13 - Arts & Crafts Hall Tree

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 21, 2013
    Arts & Crafts Hall Tree Organize your gear with an oak classic. By Steve Lehmann I've always wanted a mud room in my house-you know, a place where you can throw your coats, gloves and boots before entering the living room or kitchen. I don’t...
  • AW Extra 11/7/13 - Modular Desk System

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 4, 2013
    Modular Desk System Mix-and-match components make a desk that fits your needs. By Bruce Kieffer This computer-desk system has more going for it than great looks. The system is based on modular components that can be assembled in a variety of ways to make...