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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Ipe: Wood—or Metal?

    by Tim Johnson     Tuesday, February 24, 2009
    Ipe (pronounced E-pay) is a South American wood as exotic as its name. When you hold a piece, you know it's something special. Ipe sinks in water like cast iron, is hard as nails and polishes like brass. Of course, you don't really have to weld...
  • Tips For Using Shellac

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 2, 2009
    Tips for Using Shellac Make friends with this beautiful, versatile finish. By Mitch Kohanek Recently I was asked to judge a woodworking show. One of the best pieces was a wonderfully constructed grandfather clock. Unfortunately, a quick brushing of polyurethane...
  • Vertical Lumber Organizer

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    Vertical Lumber Organizer Before I installed this vertical storage rack, my lumber was hard to manage and a housekeeping nightmare. I could never find the piece I wanted, and removing a board from the back of the stack was sure to cause trouble. Finally...
  • $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...
  • Simple Lumber Maker

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    Simple Lumber Maker By Jay McClellan I’ve turned my bandsaw into a mini sawmill with the help of one dirt-simple jig and a pair of extension tables. The jig is nothing more than a piece of plywood screwed to the log. It steadies the log when I cut...
  • Hide-Away Tool Stand

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    My bench grinder is out of the way but instantly accessible, thanks to this sturdy flip-up table. It works great and it's simple to make. You'll only need a scrap of 3/4-in. plywood that's 1/2-in. narrower than the overhang, four 3-in. butt...
  • Wood Edging on Laminated Tops

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 17, 2009
    5 steps to align and finish wood edging on a plastic-laminated surface. by Bruce Kieffer Most woodworkers cringe at the thought of applying wood edging to a plastic-laminated top. Unlike wood veneer surfaces, you can’t sand this edging flush without...
  • 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...
  • Expandable Parts Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Expandable Parts Rack When I worked on a big project, every surface in my shop used to get covered with stacks of parts. While visiting a small production shop, I saw an expanding metal rack in the finish room, loaded with kitchen cabinet doors. A light...
  • Blast Gate Manifold for Vac Hoses

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 9, 2009
    In my small shop, I use a shop vacuum to collect dust from several tools. To cut down on the need to swap hoses, I built this manifold with two blast gates. Now I transfer suction with a flip of my wrist. To make the box, I drilled holes for the hoses...
  • Sliding Wall-O-Tools

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Sliding Wall-O-Tools 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,” I’ve got ready access to the tools hanging on both doors. By sliding one or both doors...
  • Cordless Drill Stand

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Even though most cordless drills are designed to stand on their own, they still fall over easily. Mine took one too many dives off the workbench. This drove me to build this stand to give my drill a secure home. It also provides a handy place to keep...
  • Pantry Door Tool Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Inspired by the pantry cabinet in the kitchen of our new house, I built this compact version for my workshop. It has the same deep double-hinged doors that make everything inside easy to reach. I used 3/4-in.-thick stock so I could use screws to hang...
  • Instant Surface

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Instant Surface In my compact shop, everything has to be portable and stowable, including my work surfaces. Whenever I need tabletop space for processing parts, milling boards or even assembling a project, I whip out this little gem. It’s easy to...
  • Lathe and Disc Sander Combo

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 10, 2009
    Thanks to my new sanding table, my lathe doubles as a disc sander. I really like this setup, because I can adjust the speed of the disc to the job and the material. The table is glued to a hollow box that bolts onto the bed just like the tool rest and...