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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Milk Jug Dust Collection

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 26, 2010
    Milk Jug Dust Collection Routing makes a real mess. But, here’s a solution that won’t cost you a dime.Take a 1-gallon milk or windshield-washer container and cut a hole in one side for a bit. Slice off the bottom with a utility knife. Cut...
  • Spacious Drill Press Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 22, 2010
    Spacious Drill Press Table You may also like... Drill Press Table Bandsaw Table System Improved Crosscut Sled I built this auxiliary drill press table to give me the extra support and room I need when drilling cabinet doors and sides. The core is MDF...
  • Double-Duty Planer Stand

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 15, 2010
    Double-Duty Planer Stand You may also like... Mobile Outfeed Tables Mobile Miter Saw Stand Double-Duty Shop Stool I love two-for-one deals.Even my shop is a twofer; it doubles as a garage (sometimes) when I’m not woodworking. My recent purchase...
  • Behind the Stairs Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 15, 2010
    In my basement shop every square inch counts! Out of necessity I found a wealth of unused space tucked right under my nose,or should I say feet.That awkward space under the basement steps can easily be turned into a set of deep shelves perfect for storing...
  • One-Switch Chop Saw Station

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 13, 2010
    I decked out my chop saw station with a shop vacuum for dust collection and a shop light so I can see where I’m cutting. It worked great except for one thing: I had to flip two switches just to make one cut.The solution was simple. I bought a power...
  • Space-Saving Clamp Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 2, 2010
    Space-Saving Clamp Rack My bench is too small for big glue-ups. The only spot large enough is a little bit of open floor in my basement shop. I wasn’t about to try glue-ups on the floor, so I had to get creative. My space-saving clamp rack was the...
  • Benchtop Tool System

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 2, 2010
    Benchtop Tool System My shop is in a two-car garage, which (outrageously enough) I must share with two cars. That’s why I use benchtop tools. Unfortunately, they’re somewhat hard to store. My solution is a two-part benchtop tool system that’s...
  • Turn Your Storage World Upside Down

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 2, 2010
    Turn Your Storage World Upside Down In my small garage shop, floor space goes for a premium while the air space overhead goes unused. I came up with a neat little trick to make use of that free space. All I did was bolt together a set of inexpensive metal...
  • $30 Screwdriver for Tight Spaces

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 29, 2010
    It’s easy to end up in tight spaces when you’re driving screws. Drawer slides, for example, often end up in places where it’s hard to fit a standard cordless drill. Right angle drills are great, but are typically pretty expensive for...
  • Tackle Box Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Tackle Box Storage This is my all-time favorite way to store screws, small hardware and router bits. Fishing tackle boxes come in a variety of sizes and shapes but I picked this one because the inner utility boxes have lids to keep stuff from spilling...
  • Blade Caddy

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Blade Caddy Here’s a handy tote for scrollsaw blades that I fashioned from a scrap of 2x6, a piece of plywood, and two Peg-Board multiple-tool holders. I cut the curved tips off the multiple-tool holders with a hacksaw so they would sit flat against...
  • Double-Duty Roller Tables

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Double-Duty Roller Tables I like getting double duty out of my tools whenever possible. So, when I decided to build outfeed tables for my miter saw and tablesaw, I worked up this dual-use design. The roller tables are simple to switch between machines...
  • Tablesaw Tapering Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Tablesaw Tapering Jig I recently built a pair of garden benches that required several identical parts that were tapered on both sides. To make the job easier, I built this jig that worked for both angles. The two screws make setting the angles quick and...
  • Perfectly Parallel Fence

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Here’s a quick and easy way to align your tablesaw fence with your miter slot. Plane down a board until it fits into your miter slot without play. Now slide the fence up to the board and use a feeler gauge to determine your fence alignment. It’s...
  • Pivoting Outfeed Support

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Pivoting Outfeed Support I recently saw an outfeed stand that had a pivoting top. The pivoting action prevents a workpiece from catching the front edge of the outfeed top. Instead, the top just pivots up level as the workpiece passes over it. I figured...