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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...
  • Desktop File Holder

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    Desktop File Holder A desktop file holder is a great office accessory. It provides easy and immediate access to the files you’re currently working with so you don’t wear a path between your desk and your file cabinet. Our desktop file holder...
  • 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 6/12/14 - Photo Album

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, June 6, 2014
    Photo Album By Dave Munkittrick Do you have a pile of photos waiting to be put in an album? We all do. That’s why you can’t go wrong making these distinctive photo albums for yourself or as gifts. Figured wood makes an attractive cover.The...
  • Tim’s Rolling Pins

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 2, 2014
    Tim’s Rolling Pins Even an ordinary kitchen tool can be beautiful. By Tim Heil If you're looking for an easy-to-make gift for someone who loves to cook, here it is: a custom-made rolling pin. There’s something about this humble tool that...
  • 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...
  • Sink Cabinet Shelf

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, May 19, 2014
    Sink Cabinet Shelf It’s easy to customize this catchall shelf to fit your cabinet doors.Measure the opening of your cabinet (not the door!) and plug your numbers into the Cutting List below. The shelf unit clears the opening by 1/4-in. on all sides...
  • Laminated Pedestal Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 6, 2014
    Laminated Pedestal Table Curved legs make this table strong, practical and attractive. By Fred Matlack After knocking my knee on the leg of our kitchen table and spilling the gravy for the umpteenth time, I realized it was time I made a pedestal table...
  • 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...
  • Pure & Simple Jewelry Box

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    Pure & Simple Jewelry Box Great-looking wood and brightly-colored felt are a hit with my customers. By Tom Adair I’m hooked on making jewelry boxes–to sell. I’m retired, so I don’t live on the income, but making dozens of boxes...
  • 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...
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