American Woodworker

Important Information >>

Member Tips

  • Dowel Rod Storage

    by Jsears     Monday, January 30, 2012
    I build a lot of projects that require using dowel rods. It has always been a problem for me to store 3 foot long dowels without having them bow or get broken. Especially the very small dowels. And it is sometimes difficult for me to distinguish between...
  • Zero Clearance Insert Material

    by bsmith8495     Wednesday, April 6, 2011
    I needed to make a new zero clearance insert for my tablesaw. In the past, I've used a piece of UHWM plastic. I didn't have any laying around, but I did have several scrap lengths of composite deck board. I used one and made the perfect insert...
  • Homemade table saw fence

    by Steve Newman     Tuesday, March 1, 2011
    With just three pieces of scrap wood. The oak cleat rides on this Dewalt Jobsite Tablesaw's fence rail. The plywood triangle has a factory edge and a square corner. I clamp these two to the saw, aligning with a miter slot. Once everything is squared...
  • A clamp for odd shapes

    by Steve Newman     Wednesday, January 5, 2011
    For things like chair or stool legs. Yep, there are band clamps out there, if you want to spend some cash. Being the frugal (CHEAP) guy that I am, I use something from the shop instead. When i need to "band clamp" a glue-up up, I just grab an...
  • Od Bandsaw blades

    by Steve Newman     Tuesday, December 14, 2010
    Before you throw out those old, broken, or dull bandsaw blades, go "Green". Take that old blade and make strips about a foot or so long. When you have a nice handful, tape the ends together and make a rasp. Alternate the teeth as you assemble...
  • Cordless tapering jig?

    by Steve Newman     Sunday, November 28, 2010
    When I need tapered legs for the tables I make, I don't set up the tablesaw. All I have to do is mark the lay-out lines on the leg blank, clamp the blank in a vise, and start planing to the line. I start the handplane at the foot of the leg, and each...
  • Tablesaw needed a fence?

    by Steve Newman     Monday, November 22, 2010
    I had a small. portable 10" tablesaw. like you might see at a job-site. During one of several moves from place to place, it's "stock" fence was lost. Of course, then I needed to rip some boards with it, figures. I had some scraps, and...
  • Dutchman on a budget

    by Steve Newman     Wednesday, November 10, 2010
    Since I don't have a router inlay kit, but still needed to make a few dutchman style patches for a table i made, I went "old school'. I made a patch to fit the area I needed to cover from some 1/8" thick scraps of the same wood as the...
  • Canopy Beds for Little Boys

    by christy bates     Saturday, August 14, 2010
    Canopy beds are not just for girls' rooms, they are also a great look in your boy's bedroom. It only takes your imagination and a little work to transform your child's bedroom to his favorite play area. Even if you don't have a four poster...
  • Improving the ducting

    by mokkin     Friday, April 16, 2010
    The hard plastic flexible hose is used for spot coolers and air conditioning ducting. But most have ability to change their diameter only 10-15 percents.This is a type producted by ''KANAFLEX' whitch is available plus minus about 50 percent...
  • New & Veteran Members: BEST IDEAS/FEATURES -- Small Shops & Year Round Use

    by John C Freeman     Wednesday, March 17, 2010
    I'm a new member to the website. My wife's step-grandfather has gotten me hooked on woodworking; gifted me a subscription 2 years ago & I recently purchased my own 2 year subscription now that the gift subscription ran out. Like most beginners...
  • Magnetic Tool Holders

    by mrquilt     Friday, January 8, 2010
    Here's another nice tip from AW's "Shop Tips" book (page 103): Magnetic kitchen-knife holders work well in the shop for holding chisels, screwdrivers, and other small metal tools.
  • Angled Cuts on Plywood

    by mrquilt     Friday, January 8, 2010
    Here's a nice tip I found in AW's "Shop Tips" book (p. 187): To make angled cuts on large pieces of plywood, screw a strap piece of plywood to the back, placing it at the needed angle. Guide the scrap along the table saw fence to make...
  • Save that old caulk and glue

    by fparkman     Tuesday, December 15, 2009
    For years I've been frustrated by caulk and glue tubes that get thrown out half used because the end gets hard and there is no easy way to dig out the hardened caulk in the tip without destroying the tip or cutting a large hole that no longer will...

Sort By