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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Tips For Using Shellac

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 2, 2009
    Tips for Using Shellac Make friends with this beautiful, versatile finish. By Mitch Kohanek Recently I was asked to judge a woodworking show. One of the best pieces was a wonderfully constructed grandfather clock. Unfortunately, a quick brushing of polyurethane...
  • Fold-Down Cutting Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 14, 2010
    There was no room in my basement shop to cut full sheets of plywood. I always had to have the home center guy cut it down to size with his panel saw. What a hassle. I wanted my own panel saw, but I knew there was simply no room in my shop or budget. Then...
  • 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...
  • MDF and Particleboard

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    How two versatile woods can be both a blessing and a curse. by Karen Nakamura Cheap, plain and definitely not wood. That’s how many woodworkers describe particleboard and MDF (medium-density fiberboard), but think these words instead: inexpensive...
  • Swing-Out Plywood Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 13, 2010
    Swing-Out Plywood Storage I was looking for a way to keep my small inventory of plywood organized and easy to access. The garage at my town house is small, but I did have a narrow space along one of the sidewalls next to the overhead door. After some...
  • 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...
  • Tubular Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Here’s my solution for storing skinny things like wood trim and edge banding. I bought a 12-in.-dia. by 8-ft.-long cardboard concrete form at a home center for about $14. I slid plywood dividers into the tube and added a few screws to hold the dividers...
  • Spray Can Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Spray Can Storage I’m a great fan of aerosol finishes, especially now that many of them have adjustable tips that make much less splatter. But my shop got so cluttered with half-used cans that I had trouble finding the color I wanted, so I built...
  • Sliding Wall-O-Tools

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Sliding Wall-O-Tools 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,” I’ve got ready access to the tools hanging on both doors. By sliding one or both doors...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Pantry Door Tool Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Inspired by the pantry cabinet in the kitchen of our new house, I built this compact version for my workshop. It has the same deep double-hinged doors that make everything inside easy to reach. I used 3/4-in.-thick stock so I could use screws to hang...
  • 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...
  • 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...