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  • 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...
  • AW Extra 7/5/12 - Drill Caddy

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 2, 2012
    Drill Caddy This drill caddy is compact, yet big enough to hold your cordless drill, an extra battery, and all the tools and fasteners you’ll need for any installation project. By Jan Carr Tired of rummaging around your shop to find what you need...
  • 6 Storage Solutions You Can Build Into Any Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 2, 2012
    6 Storage Solutions You Can Build Into Any Cabinet By Bruce Kieffer You may also like... Modular Shop Cabinets Hyperorganize Your Shop Hold-Everything Tool Rack Sandpaper Roll Storage I use pressure-sensitive-adhesive (PSA) sanding discs. For easy access...
  • Cabinetmaker's Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Cabinetmaker's Router Table You won't find this router table in any store or catalog. By Dave Munkittric You won't find this router table in any store or catalog. But, it incorporates all the best features found in those store-bought systems...
  • Bandsaw Table Lock

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 5, 2012
    Bandsaw Table Lock By Richard Tendick Before I installed this device, I couldn’t lock my bandsaw’s table securely enough for resawing. If I banged a heavy board on the outboard side, the table would always tip out of adjustment. Now the table...
  • Milk Jug Dust Collection

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 26, 2010
    Milk Jug Dust Collection Routing makes a real mess. But, here’s a solution that won’t cost you a dime.Take a 1-gallon milk or windshield-washer container and cut a hole in one side for a bit. Slice off the bottom with a utility knife. Cut...
  • Cable-Tie Cord Management

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 22, 2010
    My power tool cords were always in a tangle, so I finally did something about it. All it took was a couple of cable ties; a small standard one and a large resealable one. I drilled a couple of tiny holes in the resealable tie (near its clasp) and inserted...
  • Spacious Drill Press Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 22, 2010
    Spacious Drill Press Table You may also like... Drill Press Table Bandsaw Table System Improved Crosscut Sled I built this auxiliary drill press table to give me the extra support and room I need when drilling cabinet doors and sides. The core is MDF...
  • Upgrades for Dust Collectors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 15, 2010
    Woodtek’s coupling skirt ($30) makes it easier to dispose of the dust your collector collects. It adapts your 2- or 3-hp dust collector to a metal trash can. Simply disconnect the full can, put on the lid and haul it to the trash. However, to maintain...
  • Longer-Lasting Sandpapers

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 15, 2010
    3M’s gold-colored FreCut sandpaper cuts faster, lasts longer and leaves the wood looking better than conventional paper. A great finishing tool, FreCut paper is now packaged as 3M’s SandBlaster series. Norton Abrasives also markets a high...
  • Double-Duty Planer Stand

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 15, 2010
    Double-Duty Planer Stand You may also like... Mobile Outfeed Tables Mobile Miter Saw Stand Double-Duty Shop Stool I love two-for-one deals.Even my shop is a twofer; it doubles as a garage (sometimes) when I’m not woodworking. My recent purchase...
  • Behind the Stairs Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 15, 2010
    In my basement shop every square inch counts! Out of necessity I found a wealth of unused space tucked right under my nose,or should I say feet.That awkward space under the basement steps can easily be turned into a set of deep shelves perfect for storing...
  • 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...
  • Space-Saving Clamp Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 2, 2010
    Space-Saving Clamp Rack My bench is too small for big glue-ups. The only spot large enough is a little bit of open floor in my basement shop. I wasn’t about to try glue-ups on the floor, so I had to get creative. My space-saving clamp rack was the...
  • Benchtop Tool System

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 2, 2010
    Benchtop Tool System My shop is in a two-car garage, which (outrageously enough) I must share with two cars. That’s why I use benchtop tools. Unfortunately, they’re somewhat hard to store. My solution is a two-part benchtop tool system that’s...