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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...
  • How to Deal with Knots

    by Tim Johnson     Tuesday, February 24, 2009
    Knots are usually considered defects in wood. They're cut out of boards and thrown on a scrap heap. But take a closer look at a knot. In a hardwood, it's surrounded by stunning grain. Why not make it the focal point of your next project? The best...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Fresh Wood 2007

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, August 29, 2007
    Fresh Wood , an industry-sponsored student woodworking competition, was held July 18-21, 2007 during the Association of Woodworking & Suppliers Fair (AWFS) in Las Vegas. The competition drew 210 entries in six categories. Fifty-eight students made...
  • Dust Collection With A Twist

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    JDS' latest dust collector brings something new to the single- stage market. A unique airflow adjustment knob fine-tunes the airflow into the bag plenum. A twist of the knob controls a baffle that assures both collector bags receive equal amounts...
  • 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...
  • Small Shop Solutions

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, October 27, 2011
    Small Shop Solutions Great ideas from space-challenged woodworkers just like you. You may also like... Simple All-Purpose Shop Cabinets Big Capacity Shop Cabinet A Giant Shop Cabinet Sliding Wall-O-Tools By Sue Brunclik The doors hang from widely spaced...