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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 7 Classic Ways to Store Clamps

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 2, 2009
    Conquer Your Clamp Conundrums with These Simple Solutions by Tim Johnson “You can’t have too many clamps,” a wise cabinetmaker once told me. That’s certainly true, but in a small shop, you can easily run out of room to store them...
  • Tablesaw Extension

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, July 8, 2009
    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 extension that bridges...
  • Convenient Benchtop Protection

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    My workbench is beautiful and I want to keep it that way, so I cover the top with builder's paper ($7/140-ft. roll at my local home center) whenever I'm gluing or staining. But the heavy roll was hard to handle and a nuisance to store until I...
  • Sloyd Knife

    by AW-Editor     Friday, October 24, 2008
    Sloyd Knife At left, the proper stance for Sloydwhittling is shown in Sloyd for the Upper Grammar Grades, by Gustaf Larsson, 1911.At right, the Sloyd knife recommended byOtto Salomon in The Teacher'sHand- Book of Slöjd, 1904,was slightly different...
  • Paper Sloyd

    by AW-Editor     Friday, October 24, 2008
    Paper Sloyd At left, two of the 45 models for the three primary grades.At right, the first year projects.Models were selected to be useful and fun and presented in order of difficulty (upper left to lower right) tomatch the child's growing abilities...
  • Nass

    by AW-Editor     Friday, October 24, 2008
    Nass Going west as it enters the outskirts of Gothenburg, the E20 highway from Stockholmis one of the busiest in 21st century Sweden. It is easy to be consumed by the rapid pace of traffic, small cars and large trucks, but if you were to look to your...
  • Educational Sloyd

    by AW-Editor     Friday, October 24, 2008
    Educational Sloyd Put a young man in a woodshop, his hands work to the advantage of his brain and he becomes a philosopher while thinking himself only a craftsman.—Jean Jacques Rousseau In the fall of 2001, I was a brand new part-time woodshop teacher...
  • Beginning Sloyd Woodworking in an elementary school

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, October 21, 2008
    Beginning Sloyd Woodworking in an elementary school The Sloyd system of woodworking education, introduced to the United States during the last part of the 19th century, was designed to be part of general education. Unlike vocational programs, which were...
  • School News:Big Show in Michigan

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, September 23, 2008
    School News:Big Show in Michigan Woodworking students strut their stuff at the annual MITES Convention and Exhibition. what's keeping public school woodshop programs vibrant these days? In Michigan, the answer is­ MITES, the Michigan Industrial...
  • School News:The New England Association of Woodworking Teachers

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, September 23, 2008
    By Randy Johnson In the late 1990s, Jack Grube's woodshop program at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire was successful—well equipped, generously funded and fully enrolled. But as a dedicated teacher, Jack wanted to make it better. So...
  • School News:Fresh Wood, 2007

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, September 23, 2008
    School News:Fresh Wood, 2007 The Fresh Wood Competition is always my first stop at the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers Fair, which is held bi-annually in Las Vegas. Fresh Wood is loaded with pieces that showcase woodworking's...
  • School News: MIT Hobby Shop -Proof that working with your hands is good for your mind.

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, September 23, 2008
    By Randy Johnson Located under the basketball court, in the basement of the 80 year old Armory building on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus, is a wood and metal working shop known as the MIT Hobby Shop. It's humble location belies...
  • School News

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, September 23, 2008
    School News High School Woodshop Enrollment Quadruples Prescott, Arizona is loaded with young men and women excited about woodworking, thanks to woodshop instructor Tom Bockman. more.. MIT Hobby Shop Proof that working with your hands is good for your...
  • Laguna Announces Winners

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, September 3, 2008
    Hats off to Laguna Tools, which marked its 20th anniversary by recognizing and rewarding 10 schools that promote the craft of woodworking. The competition had two categories: excellence in woodworking projects and greatest need for woodworking tools....
  • New Glue for Outdoor Projects

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    Franklin International has built the better mousetrap and introduced Titebond III. It has a longer open working time and lower working temperature. The open working time is 10 minutes as compared to the 5 minutes of Titebond II. Titebond III can also...