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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...
  • Hybrid Shaving Horse

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 9, 2012
    Hybrid Shaving Horse Expert craftsman Tom Donahey shares his plans for an essential tool to work green wood. By Tom Caspar Few woodworking experiences are as sweet as working wood that’s just been split from a recently felled tree. Green wood is...
  • 6 Storage Solutions You Can Build Into Any Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 2, 2012
    6 Storage Solutions You Can Build Into Any Cabinet By Bruce Kieffer You may also like... Modular Shop Cabinets Hyperorganize Your Shop Hold-Everything Tool Rack Sandpaper Roll Storage I use pressure-sensitive-adhesive (PSA) sanding discs. For easy access...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Simple Steam Box

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 9, 2009
    Simple Steam Box Build a box and add a steam kettle: you're ready to bend wood. By Seth Keller Building a steam box for bending wood only requires exterior-grade plywood, waterproof glue and an electric tea kettle. Any electric kettle with a cylindrical...
  • AW Extra - Adjustable Workbench

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 2, 2009
    Adjustable Workbench The coolest bench ever: It changes size before your eyes! By Tom Caspar My workbench has always been the heart of my small shop. When I made it years ago, I outfitted it with a good face vise, an innovative sliding tail-vise and a...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 5/29/14 - Folding Worktable

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, May 28, 2014
    Folding Worktable This simple, roll-around worktable fits in tight spaces yet expands to a huge work surface. By David Radtke Here’s a work space that’s huge and accessible from all sides, yet folds up and stows away easily. If you don’t...
  • $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...
  • Mobile Clamp Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 10, 2009
    Mobile Clamp Rack Hold it! Roll it! Hang it! Store it! By Roger Meinen Tired of dragging clamps around my shop, I built this rack that brings them right to the job. It takes up only 21 x 32 in. of real estate and can handle 36 adjustable clamps and 12...
  • AW Extra 11/28/13 - Laminate Flooring for Zero-Clearance Inserts

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Laminate Flooring for Zero-Clearance Inserts Rather than mess with gluing up plastic laminate, I use a piece of laminate flooring when making zero-clearance inserts. Laminate flooring is great because it’s stiff, with a nice slick surface. It’s...
  • AW Extra 10/31/13 - Tablesaw Storage Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 28, 2013
    Tablesaw Storage Cabinet All of your tablesaw accessories close at hand By Eric Smith The last time I could find them all, I counted 18 accessories for my tablesaw. Dado set, push sticks, throat plates, extra blades, miter gauges, tenoning jig, wrenches...
  • AW Extra 6/5/14 - Air Scrubber Trio

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 4, 2014
    Air Scrubber Trio Three shop-made machines that clear the air. By Ed Krause Dust haze.Even if you have a dust collection system you’ve probably found yourself in the middle of it. This fine dust settles onto all the surfaces of your shop where it...