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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Wooden Spring Tongs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 13, 2012
    Wooden Spring Tongs A great all-around kitchen utensil. By David Radtke Here’s a great kitchen utensil you’re sure to find indispensable. These wooden tongs feature a unique spring tab mechanism built into a knuckle joint. The joint allows...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 4/4/13 - Turning a Green Wood Bowl

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 30, 2009
    Turning a Green Wood Bowl By Alan Lacer Making a functional object directly from raw material in its natural state is incredibly satisfying. Just ask any potter. For woodworkers, green woodturning captures that feeling. You literally start with a log...
  • AW Extra 9/13/12 - Countertop Knife Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 8, 2011
    Countertop Knife Rack Improve storage in the kitchen in an afternoon, using only a tablesaw and a plunge router. Store up to nine knives in a handy rack that puts sharp edges out of the reach of children.We’ve arranged the slots to fit a particular...
  • Weekend Picture Frames

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 17, 2012
    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...
  • 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...
  • Magic Coin Bank

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 11, 2011
    Magic Coin Bank Kids love secrets—and so do adults! This small bank with its sneaky false drawer is a kick to make. You won’t need any fancy mechanism to make the drawer; just a few brads. Start building your nest egg; the coin slot is large...
  • AW Extra - Scrap Wood Cutting Boards

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 8, 2011
    Scrap Wood Cutting Boards Turn trash into treasure. By Yoav Liberman I love hard cheeses and hard-crust breads. My cheese-making skills are limited and my baking talent is admired only in our household and among close friends, so I use my woodworking...
  • Sliding Bookrack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 24, 2011
    Sliding Bookrack Arts & Crafts details add sophistication to a simple project By Seth Keller I’ve always admired the work of Greene & Greene, two architects who designed Arts & Crafts homes and furnishings in the early 20th century....
  • 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...
  • Weekend Kitchen Projects

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 8, 2011
    Weekend Kitchen Projects Here are three ways to improve storage space in any kitchen. You can whip through each project in an afternoon, using only a tablesaw and a plunge router. Countertop Knife Rack Store up to nine knives in a handy rack that puts...
  • AW Extra - Free-Form Wall Shelves

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, June 2, 2011
    Free-Form Wall Shelves Edited by Dave Munkittrick Here’s a versatile shelf that allows for a creative, one-of-a-kind edge treatment. Hung on the wall without any visible means of support, these shelves are real eye catchers. Choose boards that are...