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  • AW Extra - Small Shop Solutions

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Small Shop Solutions Great ideas from space-challenged woodworkers just like you. Sliding Wall-O-Tools By Sue Brunclik I built this 8-ft.-long shelf system to take advantage of the narrow space in the corner of my garage. When the unit is “closed...
  • Modular Shop Cabinets

    by Tim Johnson     Sunday, February 22, 2009
    Modular Shop Cabinets Euro-style construction makes them easy to build, easy to customize. By Bruce Kieffer In days gone by, apprentice cabinetmakers used to build their own tool chests. The chests were often works of art that both displayed the owner’s...
  • Drill Press Cabinet

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Drill Press Cabinet Turn wasted space into storage space. By Jean Bartholome 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...
  • $100 Router Table

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, April 17, 2008
    $100 Router Table As easy to use as it is to build. By Bill Hylton Sometimes, less really is more. Take router tables for instance. It's not at all difficult to ring up a big tab for a manufactured router table, complete with a new router, loaded...
  • Simple Lumber Maker

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    Simple Lumber Maker By Jay McClellan I’ve turned my bandsaw into a mini sawmill with the help of one dirt-simple jig and a pair of extension tables. The jig is nothing more than a piece of plywood screwed to the log. It steadies the log when I cut...
  • AW Extra - Small Parts Carousel

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Small Parts Carousel While visiting an antique shop, I discovered a way to store all that indispensible small stuff that used to clutter my workshop. On display was a rotating bolt cabinet from an old-fashioned hardware store. When I got home, I design...
  • AW Extra - 6 Storage Solutions

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    1. Sandpaper Roll Storage I use pressure-sensitive-adhesive (PSA) sanding discs. For easy access, I like to get them out of their packages and lined up by grit. I hang my rolls of sanding discs on horizontally supported dowels so I can quickly grab the...
  • Next-Generation Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, June 24, 2010
    Next-Generation Router Table Make more accurate cuts with a flat, solid-surface top. By John English 9 Key Features 1. Hinged Top. Bit changes are much easier. 2. Pivot Control. Just loosen the fence’s left side for quick micro-adjustment. 3. Tall...
  • My Penmaker's Workshop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, June 24, 2010
    My Penmaker's Workshop By Lynn Vanderpool I stumbled on to pen making seven years ago, while scouring through my husband Jerry’s woodworking magazines and catalogs, looking for a special Christmas gift for him. I came across a mini lathe that...
  • AW Extra - Big Capacity Storage Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, May 23, 2011
    Big Capacity Storage Cabinet Restaurant storage tubs organize shop supplies for stow and go. By Dave Olson When I worked in a restaurant as a teenager, I hauled dirty dishes in plastic bus boxes. Using them to organize my shop is much more pleasant. Bus...
  • AW Extra - Giant Shop Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 14, 2011
    Giant Shop Cabinet Organize tons and tons of woodworking supplies with room to spare. By Tim Johnson If your workshop seems cluttered and your workbench is always covered with stuff, you need this cabinet. It packs 30 cubic ft.of storage, enough for all...
  • Torsion Beams

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 9, 2011
    Torsion Beams They’re the next best thing to a giant assembly table. Maybe better! By Tom Caspar The next time you need a sturdy, level work surface, I’ve got the perfect solution for you: sawhorses and a pair of torsion beams. Torsion beams...
  • Master Cabinetmaker's Bench

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 10, 2011
    Master Cabinetmaker’s Bench A proven design that will last a lifetime. By Alan Turner I have many tools in my shop, but the most important one is my bench. It has a classic design, favored by cabinetmakers for generations. I've spent a long...
  • Post and Beam Shop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 21, 2012
    Post and Beam Shop By Bruce Bradford I built my idea of the perfect woodworking shop behind our house in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The building’s post and beam structure is reminiscent of the barns I grew up with in Western Michigan. Raised...
  • The Magic of White Pine

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, April 5, 2012
    The Magic of White Pine By Tom Caspar Aah, the magic of white pine. Just saying the name makes me smile. For a hand tool guy like me, it hardly gets any better; white pine is easy to plane, saw and pare. And the shavings smell so good, they transport...