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Winter 2013-2014

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  • AW Extra - Small Shop Solutions

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Small Shop Solutions Great ideas from space-challenged woodworkers just like you. Sliding Wall-O-Tools By Sue Brunclik 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • $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...
  • Drill Press Cabinet

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Drill Press Cabinet Turn wasted space into storage space. By Jean Bartholome In my cramped little shop, every square foot counts. With that in mind I designed this cabinet to fit in the wasted space under the table of my floor-model drill press. The top...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 8/16/12 - Folding Outfeed Table

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Folding Outfeed Table Open, it supports 8-ft. long stock. Closed, it’s as compact as your saw. By George Vondriska Roller stands are okay, but every saw really ought to have an outfeed table. It makes ripping lumber or plywood a lot more convenient...
  • 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...
  • Next-Generation Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, June 24, 2010
    Next-Generation Router Table Make more accurate cuts with a flat, solid-surface top. By John English 9 Key Features 1. Hinged Top. Bit changes are much easier. 2. Pivot Control. Just loosen the fence’s left side for quick micro-adjustment. 3. Tall...
  • 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...
  • Zero-Clearance Inserts

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, October 22, 2010
    Zero-Clearance Inserts Make ‘em by the bunch and you’ll save a bundle. By Tim Johnson Zero-clearance throat inserts are the best simple upgrade you can make to your tablesaw. They’ll make your saw safer and give you better cutting results...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra - 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...
  • 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...