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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Craig Thibodeau's Fine Furniture

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 18, 2012
    Craig Thibodeau's Fine Furniture Cherry and Carpathian Elm Dining Table Size: 74″ long by 39″ wide by 30″ high Materials: Cherry, Carpathian Elm Burl, Ebony, and Macassar Ebony Description: This Cherry wood dining table uses a special...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Turn Your Storage World Upside Down

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 2, 2010
    Turn Your Storage World Upside Down In my small garage shop, floor space goes for a premium while the air space overhead goes unused. I came up with a neat little trick to make use of that free space. All I did was bolt together a set of inexpensive metal...
  • New-Style Featherboards

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 29, 2010
    We’re big fans of featherboards. They make router table and tablesaw work safer by providing pressure in places your fingers shouldn’t go. Woodhaven has introduced newly designed featherboards that they’re calling Hold-Downs and Hold...