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  • High Style, Low-Cost TV Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 5, 2014
    High-Style, Low-Cost TV Cabinet Simple joinery makes it fast – 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 $1,500 or...
  • Steam Bent Music Stand

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, March 2, 2014
    Steam Bent Music Stand “Learning to bend wood with steam takes practice, just like playing an instrument.” By Seth Keller Bending wood with steam always intrigued me, but I never tried it. The process seemed mysterious, complicated and maybe...
  • Trophy Coffee Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    Trophy Coffee Table Stunning Beauty Right from the Tree By Dave Munkittrick Big planks of wood with natural bark edges make my heart race. Most woodworkers share a desire to build something from a single, thick plank of wood. After 20 years of building...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Lighted Quilt Hanger

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 21, 2012
    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...
  • Modular Desk System

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 30, 2011
    Modular Desk System Mix-and-match components make a desk that fits your needs. By Bruce Kieffer Download this Modular Desk System Project with complete plans and step-by-step instructions from AWBookstore.com . This computer-desk system has more going...
  • AW Extra - Torsion-Box Workbench and Expandable Assembly Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 13, 2011
    Torsion-Box Workbench and Expandable Assembly Table Double your work space without doubling your shop space. By Randy Johnson and Luke Hartle In our shop, we used to pile tools, parts and hardware on top of a wobbly workbench made from 2x4s. When we had...
  • AW Extra 3/6/14 - Wedged-Base Workbench

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, May 12, 2011
    Wedged-Base Workbench Tablesaw joinery locks it together. By Tim Johnson This workbench has a top ready for hard use. But it’s the base that catches your eye. The interlocking joinery, with its dovetails and wedges, is rock solid, yet it knocks...
  • Tile-Topped Outdoor Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, April 7, 2011
    Tile-Topped Outdoor Table This sturdy white-oak table will last a lifetime and won’t blow over in the wind. by Jock and Susan Holmen If you love lounging on your deck and need a solid side table to hold your cool drink and snacks, here’s the...
  • AW Extra - Cypress Chest

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, April 7, 2011
    Cypress Chest Beautiful outdoor storage made to take the elements. by Dave Munkittrick Storage is like money; we never seem to have enough. Well, I can’t help you much with your finances, but I can give you a hand on the storage front. A frequently...
  • Three Projects for Gardeners

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, April 7, 2011
    Three Projects for Gardeners Thrill the garden lover in your family with one (or more!) of these easy-to-make projects. by Tim Johnson Before you set aside your push sticks and dust mask for the season, make something to enjoy all summer. Each one of...
  • American Woodworker Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 24, 2011
    The American Woodworker Router Table You won't find this router table in any store or catalog. by Dave Munkittric This router table incorporates all the best features found in those store-bought systems at half the cost! At AW we’ve had the...
  • AW Extra - Grand Walnut Bookcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 15, 2011
    Grand Walnut Bookcase Rich Walnut, elegant details and secret storage in a design that's fast and straight forward to build by Randy Johnson Sometimes a new piece of furniture conjures up images from a distant time and place. This bookcase, I imagine...
  • AW Extra - Weekend Picture Frames

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 7, 2011
    Weekend Picture Frames Create extraordinary frames with ordinary router bits. By Tim Johnson Here’s a fun way to save money, be creative, make something useful, and use up scrap stock: make your own picture frames. You can start from scratch and...