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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...
  • $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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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: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...
  • Big-Featured, Low-Priced Tablesaws

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    Model 22124, $950 • 1-3/4-hp 120/240-volt motor. 30-in. rip capacity to the right of the blade. • Cast-iron side tables and folding outfeed table. • 4-in. miter gauge fence extension. • Beisemeyer rip fence. Craftsman started from...
  • Dry Lubricant for Woodworking Machines

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    Forget the gym—I've been getting a workout from raising and lowering the blade on my tablesaw. Years of dust and the inherent friction between cast-iron parts made adjustments a real drag. ProGold's PG2000, $7 for 12 oz., rescued me and...
  • 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...
  • Adjustable Slot Rail and Stile Set

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    Have you ever slid a piece of 1/4-in. plywood into a 1/4-in. groove? It ain't pretty. It's a fact of life that plywood is undersized in thickness and this results in ugly gaps in doors with plywood panels. So here's the skinny—skinny...
  • Laguna Introduces Platinum Series Jointer/Planers

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Laguna's new Platinum Series makes European-style machines more affordable for small shops. These machines are manufactured in Taiwan, and according to Laguna, use the same high standards as their European-built machines. Laguna's Platinum Series...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cool New Jigsaws

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    Hey, the days of Grandpa's noisy old hard-to-steer, blade-poppin' saber saw are over. New jigsaws from Bosch and Metabo are fine examples of today's what-a-pleasure-to-use jigsaws. The Bosch 1590EVSK and Metabo STE105 Plus share great features...