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  • AW Extra 7/3/14 - Collapsible Work Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 1, 2014
    Collapsible Work Table Every shop needs a work table or two. In cramped shops, it’s great to have the table the right height for assembly, as well as infeed and outfeed support for power tools. Here’s a unit that has adjustable height, compensates...
  • AW Extra 6/26/14 - Tambour Doors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 23, 2014
    Tambour Doors Disappearing doors hide your clutter and show off your skill. Tambour doors are a bit of woodworking sleight of hand. Now you see them, now you don’t. Fun to open and fun to close, tambours invite you to play with your furniture. Designing...
  • Hexagonal Pen

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, June 19, 2014
    Hexagonal Pen Create geometric shapes with your router and a shopmade jig. By Charles Mak You can make attractive wooden pens without a lathe. All you need is a plunge router and a shop-made jig. The jig takes a while to build—certainly longer than...
  • Tablesaw Extension

    by American Woodworker Editors     Saturday, June 7, 2014
    Tablesaw Extension Make wide cuts in a small shop. By Roy Smith There’s not enough room in my garage shop for a tablesaw with a 52-in.-capacity rip fence. But no worries—I don’t need one! To make wide cuts, I simply install a shop-made...
  • AW Extra 5/22/14 - Two-Part Bookcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    Two-Part Bookcase Here’s a big bookcase that you can build in a small shop. By Tom Caspar Building a tall bookcase can stretch the limits of a small shop.We all know that big boards can be a bear to handle and glue up, so I’ve taken an old...
  • AW Extra 5/8/14 - Diamond Inlay Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, May 5, 2014
    Diamond Inlay Table Create striking patterns with a router. By Peter Schmitt This hall table posed a challenge, because it was built for a fundraiser. I wanted it to stand out, but I also wanted to limit the amount of time I invested in it. So I started...
  • 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...
  • Wall Cabinet of Maple / How to Install Knife Hinges

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Wall Cabinet of Maple / How to Install Knife Hinges It’s all about the wood. By Brad Holden James Krenov, a legendary woodworker, coaxed beauty from every board he touched. Through his books, Krenov inspired a whole generation of woodworkers to...
  • AW Extra 4/24/14 - Improved Crosscut Sled

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 21, 2014
    Improved Crosscut Sled A split fence guarantees accurate cuts By Tom Caspar Whenever I want to make an accurate square cut, I reach for my crosscut sled. Unlike a miter gauge, its right-angle setting doesn’t need constant tweaking. My cuts are always...
  • 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...
  • AW Extras 4/10/14 - Mobile Outfeed Tables

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    Mobile Outfeed Tables Upgrade your tablesaw and save precious shop space with a pair of outfeed tables. By George Vondriska A tablesaw is a lot safer and easier to use when it’s equipped with an outfeed table. Whether you’re ripping long boards...
  • AW Extras 4/3/14 - Walnut Chest of Drawers

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    Walnut Chest of Drawers Building for the love of wood. By Herman Vallejo A visit to the Design in Wood exhibition, the annual show sponsored by the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association, inspired me to enter this chest of drawers, which I built for my...
  • AW Extra 3/27/14 - Divided Light Doors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 27, 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...
  • Pedestal Picnic Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 24, 2014
    Pedestal Picnic Table One day in the shop and you’re ready to party! By Jean Bartholome If you’re looking for a picnic table that’s simple to build but looks great on your deck or patio, here’s the design for you. Its pedestal...
  • Wooden Storm Door

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    Wooden Storm Door Versatile design keeps winter winds out and lets summer breezes in. by Tim Johnson A storm door doesn’t just keep out the wind and rain. It’s the focal point of your home’s entryway; the first thing guests see when...