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  • Full-Storage Workbench

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Tired of working on a sheet of plywood thrown over a pair of sawhorses? Had it with rolling benches that wiggle and wobble? Hate running around your shop whenever you need a tool? Boy, do we have the bench for you. Our dream bench starts with traditional...
  • 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...
  • Modular Shop Cabinets

    by Tim Johnson     Sunday, February 22, 2009
    Modular Shop Cabinets Euro-style construction makes them easy to build, easy to customize. By Bruce Kieffer In days gone by, apprentice cabinetmakers used to build their own tool chests. The chests were often works of art that both displayed the owner’s...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra - 6 Storage Solutions

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    1. Sandpaper Roll Storage I use pressure-sensitive-adhesive (PSA) sanding discs. For easy access, I like to get them out of their packages and lined up by grit. I hang my rolls of sanding discs on horizontally supported dowels so I can quickly grab the...
  • 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...
  • Clamp Caddy

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Clamp Caddy Maneuvering pipe clamps around my shop was a pain until I dreamed up this mobile carryall. It even has room for all of my C-clamps, hand screws and small adjustable clamps. I got everything I needed to make it from a home center for about...
  • Using Melamine

    by Tom Caspar     Friday, February 20, 2009
    Melamine is the professional cabinetmaker's best friend. Build a cabinet with it and you have a complete, durable interior that requires no sanding (yes!) and no finishing (oh, yeah!). Pros often build whole kitchens out of melamine and then dress...
  • Hide-Away Bin for Short Stock

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    I don't like to throw wood away; offcuts and other short boards work great for small projects, jigs and shop fixtures. But until I built this mobile cart, my shop was littered with piles of these useful treasures, because I didn't have a good...
  • Small Tools Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 27, 2011
    Small Tools Cabinet Simple joinery creates a compact cabinet with full-size storage. by Tim Johnson Simple joinery is the key. Everything assembles with rabbets and dadoes, glue and nails. The drawers feature applied bottoms with integral pulls. The upper...
  • 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...
  • Hyperorganize Your Shop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 11, 2011
    Hyperorganize Your Shop A hook-and-slat wall system puts everything at your fingertips. By Jock Holmen I’ve struggled with the clutter in my small garage shop for years. Recently my neighbor remodeled his garage using a commercial wall-slat system...
  • Tool Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 30, 2011
    Tool Cabinet Tons of flexible storage for today's woodworking tools. By George Vondriska and Dave Munkittrick Old tool chests made by the masters utilized every square inch of space with custom-fit nooks and crannies for all of their hand tools. Today’s...
  • Improved Crosscut Sled

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 30, 2011
    Improved Crosscut Sled A split fence guarantees accurate cuts. By Tom Caspar Whenever I want to make an accurate square cut, I reach for my crosscut sled. Unlike a miter gauge, its right-angle setting doesn’t need constant tweaking. My cuts are...
  • $100 Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 4, 2011
    $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...