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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 4 Handy Tablesaw Jigs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 26, 2009
    Unlock your saw's full potential. by Seth Keller The tablesaw’s power and precision put it at the center of everyone’s shop. Despite this honored position, a tablesaw is mostly used for mundane ripping tasks. To make better use of my tablesaw...
  • 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...
  • The Ultimate Shop-Built Crosscut Sled

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 14, 2010
    It's safe, it slides like a dream and a replaceable throat plate makes it last forever! by Travis Larson A good tablesaw sled makes perfect crosscuts easy, accurate and very safe. In addition, a well-designed sled can be used for bevel cuts, dadoes...
  • Mahogany and Its Look-Alikes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, January 29, 2010
    Stunning grain. Huge boards. Highly rot resistant. A dream (or a nightmare) to work. What one wood fits this bill? Mahogany, of course. by Tom Caspar Even the plainest mahogany boards are quite beautiful, because the color is usually a deep, rich coppery...
  • 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...
  • MDF and Particleboard

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    How two versatile woods can be both a blessing and a curse. by Karen Nakamura Cheap, plain and definitely not wood. That’s how many woodworkers describe particleboard and MDF (medium-density fiberboard), but think these words instead: inexpensive...
  • Swing-Out Plywood Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 13, 2010
    Swing-Out Plywood Storage I was looking for a way to keep my small inventory of plywood organized and easy to access. The garage at my town house is small, but I did have a narrow space along one of the sidewalls next to the overhead door. After some...
  • 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...
  • Spray Can Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Spray Can Storage I’m a great fan of aerosol finishes, especially now that many of them have adjustable tips that make much less splatter. But my shop got so cluttered with half-used cans that I had trouble finding the color I wanted, so I built...
  • Tubular Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Here’s my solution for storing skinny things like wood trim and edge banding. I bought a 12-in.-dia. by 8-ft.-long cardboard concrete form at a home center for about $14. I slid plywood dividers into the tube and added a few screws to hold the dividers...
  • $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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bowl Gauge Sharpening

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Do it by hand, just like you turn. by Alan Lacer How do you make a velvety smooth bowl with evenly thick walls and crisp details? Well, it’s not done by sanding the heck out of it. The secret is to use a bowl gouge that is properly shaped and very...