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Winter 2013-2014

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  • $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...
  • 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...
  • Heavy Duty Folding Work Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, April 28, 2002
    by Tom Caspar Need more bench space? Who doesn’t? Here’s a terrific solution: a folding worktable that’s both big and strong. And we mean strong. You can set it up in only a minute and be ready for routing, sanding, planing—you...
  • Tablesaw Storage Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 8, 2009
    All of your tablesaw accessories close at hand by Eric Smith The last time I could find them all, I counted 18 accessories for my tablesaw. Dado set, push sticks, throat plates, extra blades, miter gauges, tenoning jig, wrenches, etc.—they’re...
  • Inexpensive Bench Hold-Down

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 17, 2009
    The last thing I want to do is chase my material around the workbench so I can work on it. Hold-down clamps excel when you need pressure in the middle of a bench where other clamps can’t reach. The Jorgensen Hold-Down Clamp for workbenches, $15...
  • Light-Duty Folding Worktable

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, February 10, 2010
    Light-Duty Folding Worktable By Kevin Boudreau Sometimes a guy just needs some space on which to spread out. That’s why I built this folding worktable for my compact workshop. It’s not strong enough for heavy work, but it’s very handy...
  • One-Switch Chop Saw Station

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 13, 2010
    I decked out my chop saw station with a shop vacuum for dust collection and a shop light so I can see where I’m cutting. It worked great except for one thing: I had to flip two switches just to make one cut.The solution was simple. I bought a power...
  • Big Capacity Storage Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, May 23, 2011
    Big Capacity Storage Cabinet Restaurant storage tubs organize shop supplies for stow and go. By Dave Olson When I worked in a restaurant as a teenager, I hauled dirty dishes in plastic bus boxes. Using them to organize my shop is much more pleasant. Bus...
  • Heavy-Duty Folding Shop Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, May 26, 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...
  • A Giant Shop Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 15, 2011
    Giant Shop Cabinet Organize tons and tons of woodworking supplies with room to spare. By Tim Johnson If your workshop seems cluttered and your workbench is always covered with stuff, you need this cabinet. It packs 30 cubic ft.of storage, enough for all...
  • 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...
  • Next-Generation Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, September 16, 2011
    Next-Generation Router Table Make more accurate cuts with a flat, solid-surface top. By John English This router table took thirty years to build. No kidding. I don’t mean that it took me thirty years to actually make it, but it took me that long...
  • $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...
  • Torsion Beams

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 31, 2012
    Torsion Beams They're the next best thing to a giant assembly table. Maybe better! By Tom Caspar The next time you need a sturdy, level work surface, I’ve got the perfect solution for you: sawhorses and a pair of torsion beams. Torsion beams...