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Winter 2013-2014

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  • AW Extra 7/10/14 - Shop-Built 3-Jaw-Chuck

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 8, 2014
    Shop-Built 3-Jaw-Chuck A cheap, effective turning tool. Three-jaw lathe chucks are virtually indispensable for a turner, yet the cost of buying one can be prohibitive. Three-jaw chucks are useful when turning small pieces at low speed, and permit multi...
  • AW Extra 5/29/14 - Folding Worktable

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, May 28, 2014
    Folding Worktable This simple, roll-around worktable fits in tight spaces yet expands to a huge work surface. By David Radtke Here’s a work space that’s huge and accessible from all sides, yet folds up and stows away easily. If you don’t...
  • 3 Classic Vises made with Pipe Clamps

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, February 24, 2014
    3 Classic Vises made with Pipe Clamps Increase your bench’s versatility on a budget. By Chad Stanton As a professional woodworker, leaving the comfort of my shop to work on a jobsite is part of the routine. I always take along a portable bench that’s...
  • AW Extra 11/21/13 - Flammables Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 19, 2013
    Flammables Cabinet Keep your shop and family safe! Have you got finishing supplies scattered all over your shop? Concerned that they’re a fire hazard? Organize them into this cabinet built out of one sheet of plywood and you’ll sleep better...
  • AW Extra 8/15/13 - The Ultimate Grinding Rig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    The Ultimate Grinding Rig Grind more accurately with shop-made tool rests. By Mario Rodriguez Let's face it, the tool rests on most grinders just don’t cut it. They may be fine for sharpening scissors or lawnmower blades, but when it comes to...
  • AW Extra 7/11/13 - Adjustable Height Assembly Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Adjustable Height Assembly Table Check out these clever legs: they ratchet up and down with ease. By Alan Schaffter “An adjustable assembly table, huh? Well, you’re wasting your time unless it’s a simple design that’s easy to operate...
  • Wooden Tail Vise

    by woodworkerBryan     Monday, March 4, 2013
    Wooden Tail Vise Upgrade your bench and your woodworking by adding a classic vise. By Steve Bunn You can do without a tail vise. But you can do much more with one. That’s why woodworkers have depended on tail vises for over 400 years. A tail vise...
  • AW Extra 1/10/13 - Is Your Shop Too Small?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 8, 2013
    Is Your Shop Too Small? Tips for making king-size projects in a pint-size shop. By George Vondriska n a recent poll of woodworkers, the most common complaint,by far, was that their shops were too small. Even one guy with 5,000 square feet thought he was...
  • Foolproof Tenons

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 18, 2012
    Foolproof Tenons Two blades and a rock-solid jig guarantee success. By Tom Caspar Mortise and tenon joinery is the heart of many classic furniture projects. It’s an incredibly strong, time-tested method of connecting boards. Making these precisely...
  • AW Extra 12/6/12 - Compact Turning Center

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 4, 2012
    Compact Turning Center Put all your tools and accessories at your fingertips by building this storage rack. By Jim Williar I made turning on my lathe much more enjoyable by trimming out the metal stand that it came with. Now all my turning tools are right...
  • A Great American Woodworker - Fred Cogelow

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 27, 2012
    A Great American Woodworker - Fred Cogelow One-of-a-kind carver, one-of-a-kind carvings. By Spike Carlsen An impromptu encounter with Fred Cogelow’s “Norwegian Wheelchair” gave me a true sense of Fred as both an artist and a person....
  • Hybrid Shaving Horse

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 9, 2012
    Hybrid Shaving Horse Expert craftsman Tom Donahey shares his plans for an essential tool to work green wood. By Tom Caspar Few woodworking experiences are as sweet as working wood that’s just been split from a recently felled tree. Green wood is...
  • Central Dust Collection

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 22, 2011
    Central Dust Collection Five simple rules for a dust-free shop By Dave Munkittrick Small, one-person shops don’t need complicated dust collection systems. We’ll show you how to get powerful collection at the lowest possible price without ever...
  • Mobile Router Center

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 22, 2011
    Mobile Router Center This rolling router center has onboard storage for all your router components, folds into a tidy package, serves as an extra work surface and rolls out of the way when you're done! By George Vondriska A router table is one of...
  • Drill Press Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 22, 2011
    Drill Press Table By Tom Caspar Standard drill press tables may be fine for metalworking, but they sure are frustrating to use in a woodshop. Attaching a fence with woodworking clamps is a pain in the neck; finding a clean backer board can be a real challenge;...