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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 - Dream Workbench

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 13, 2010
    Dream Workbench A modern bench that features storage, stability and mobility By Dave Munkittrick Tired of working on a sheet of plywood thrown over a pair of sawhorses? Had it with rolling benches that wiggle and wobble? Hate running around your shop...
  • Television Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 4, 2010
    Television Cabinet Hide the electronics behind ingenious double-hinged doors by Dave Munkittrick I love my new 36-in. TV but my wife hates what the glass and plastic monolith does to the look and feel of our family room. To avoid marital strife we went...
  • 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 5/23/13 - Kitchen Stool

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, August 10, 2009
    Kitchen Stool Make round legs without using a lathe. By Seth Keller Few stools are as clean and elegant as this one. I built it with splayed legs to provide a stable footing. The multi-level rungs offer a variety of foot perches to satisfy just about...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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