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  • Tom's Torsion Box Workbench

    by Tom Caspar     Friday, August 10, 2012
    Tom's Torsion Box Workbench This rock-solid workhorse is simply four easy-to-build 2x4-and-plywood boxes. By Tom Caspar Quick, cheap, solid. You can’t ask much more from a workbench, and this one delivers it all. Made of out nothing more than...
  • AW Extra 6/7/12 - Build a Recurve Bow

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, February 5, 2008
    Build a Recurve Bow By David Radtke I got my first bow for my fourth birthday. It was plastic and thank heavens the arrows had rubber tips because everything within a 30-ft. radius was fair game. These days I exercise better judgement and only shoot at...
  • AW Extra - Dream Workbench

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 13, 2010
    Dream Workbench A modern bench that features storage, stability and mobility By Dave Munkittrick Tired of working on a sheet of plywood thrown over a pair of sawhorses? Had it with rolling benches that wiggle and wobble? Hate running around your shop...
  • AW Extra 8/9/12 - Shop-Made Router Lift

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 21, 2009
    Shop-Made Router Lift Features you can't buy at a price you won't believe. By Bruce Kieffer and Richard Tendick Router lifts are hot items these days and for good reason. Veteran router table users love their ability to make super-fine micro adjustments...
  • AW Extra 2/21/13 - Keepsake Box

    by Tim Johnson     Friday, February 20, 2009
    Keepsake Box Build them in bunches and avoid gift shopping this year. By Mac Wentz As the holidays approach, my thoughts turn to how I can weasel out of gift shopping. And this year I have the perfect scheme: While the malls are jammed with poor saps...
  • Solar Kiln

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 29, 2009
    Solar Kiln Dry Your Own Wood Fast and Hassle-Free By Dave Munkittrick Wood is expensive. And extra-wide or figured wood is practically beyond reach. Over the 25-plus years I’ve been a professional woodworker, wood seems to have taken a cue from...
  • AW Extra 6/20/13 - Garden Bench

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Garden Bench Graceful, comfortable and built to last by Luke Hartle It dawned on me the other day that every single project I’ve made resides in my house. Since I spend a lot of time in my back yard garden, I decided it was high time I made something...
  • Shaker Sideboard

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 24, 2009
    Shaker Sideboard Traditional looks, but an updated construction By Randy Johnson The essence of Shaker design is simplicity. Although I didn’t use traditional construction techniques in this project, I did keep it simple. Behind this sideboard’s...
  • AW Extra 4/12/12 - Cube In A Cube

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, July 24, 2007
    Cube in a Cube By Jock Holmen “I'm a carver. I've always admired whittled curiosities like balls trapped inside a cage, but never wanted to spend the time to make them. I figured there must be some way to make a similar object with a drill...
  • Hammer Your Own Copper Hardware

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 3, 2009
    Hammer Your Own Copper Hardware “...the decorative quality of such things is really wonderful.” —Gustav Stickley By David Olson It’s a fact. Hardware doesn’t have to come from a catalog. You can make your own. The raw materials...
  • Two-Drawer Coffee Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 6, 2009
    Two-Drawer Coffee Table Pass-through drawers offer two-sided convenience. By Tim Johnson A coffee table isn’t just for coffee. It displays interesting reading and serves the Saturday night pizza. It hosts Scrabble games, labors under kids’...
  • AW Extra 4/11/13 - Sunburst Patio Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 9, 2009
    Sunburst Patio Table Tired of outdoor tables made of metal or plastic? This table has the richness and warmth that only wood can provide. By David Radtke It’s built to stand up to the weather, so it’s perfect for a patio, porch or sunroom...
  • Build Your Own French Doors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, April 22, 2011
    Build Your Own French Doors Traditional joinery and stave construction make these doors stable and durable. by Brad Holden Let that sunlight in, enjoy the view, and make a grand entrance! French doors are simply doors with windows from top to bottom....
  • Sliding Door Bookcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 6, 2009
    Sliding Door Bookcase Dust-free display with no hinges to mount! By Seth Keller Glass doors make a bookcase, but doors that swing on hinges are a pain to install. Ditto for doors that lift open and slide back—on a Barrister’s bookcase, for...
  • AW Extra 6/28/12 - Tips for Tool Storage

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, April 17, 2008
    Tips for Tool Storage Organize your shop with these weekend projects. By Tom Caspar Clamp Warehouse Hang your long, heavy clamps on this rack designed for strength. The braces are notched into the bracket arms in a simple version of a timber-frame joint...