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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 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...
  • 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...
  • Push-Button Bandsaw Box

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 30, 2010
    Push-Button Bandsaw Box How do you open it? Just push the bottom drawer. By Alex Snodgrass If you’ve ever been to a woodworking trade show, you’ve probably seen me demonstrating on the bandsaw. I’ve been doing it for, oh, 21 years now–a...
  • Tombstone Doors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 22, 2009
    Tombstone Doors By Lonnie Bird Through many years studying and building 18th-century furniture, I’ve learned that this era produced countless fine examples of good design. One example is the arched-top door. Often called a tombstone door because...
  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown's Parlor Table

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    The Unsinkable Molly Brown's Parlor Table This little charmer folds flat, then sets up in seconds. By Tim Johnson This table is an accurate reproduction of one purchased by Molly Brown and her husband in the late 1880s, when they were starting their...
  • 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 1/31/13 - Turned Lidded Box

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Turned Lidded Box A Precision Fit Lid that Snaps Shut By Alan Lacer Of all the different forms of woodturning, I find the most delight in creating lidded boxes. The satisfying snap of a well fit lid as it closes, the beauty of the shape and the wood combined...
  • AW Extra 6/6/13 - Mobile Miter Saw Stand

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 9, 2009
    Mobile Miter Saw Stand Get more from your miter saw with a stand that handles everything. By Richard Tendick This stand has everything you could want. With the wings up, it can handle 8-ft.-long boards on either side. With wings down, the stand is only...
  • AW Extra 10/4/12 - Wooden Plate

    by Tim Johnson     Tuesday, February 24, 2009
    Turning Plates Got an offcut from a beautifully figured board? Turn it into a plate! Standard 3⁄4-in. wood and a shop-made chuck are all you need. By Steve Blenk The trick is to figure out how to hold such a thin piece of wood on the lathe. It’s...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 5/16/13 - Showcase

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 6, 2009
    Showcase View your treasures from every angle. By Luke Hartle Any collection you want to display, from fish fossils to Baccarat crystal will look great inside this cabinet. It allows unobstructed viewing from the front because the doors are on the sides...
  • AW Extra 5/31/12 - Drill Press Cabinet

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, January 29, 2008
    Drill Press Cabinet Turn wasted space into storage space. In my cramped little shop, every square foot counts. With that in mind I designed this cabinet to fit in the wasted space under the table of my floor-model drill press. The top drawer holds (vertically...
  • 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’...