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Winter 2013-2014

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  • WS - Heavy-Duty Folding Shop Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 13, 2011
    Heavy-Duty Folding Shop Table You can build this workhorse in a day, using little more than a tablesaw, jigsaw, hacksaw and a drill. By Tom Caspar Need more bench space? Who doesn’t? Here’s a terrific solution: a folding worktable that’s...
  • Zero-Clearance Inserts

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, October 22, 2010
    Zero-Clearance Inserts Make ‘em by the bunch and you’ll save a bundle. By Tim Johnson Zero-clearance throat inserts are the best simple upgrade you can make to your tablesaw. They’ll make your saw safer and give you better cutting results...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...