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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Vertical Lumber Organizer

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    Vertical Lumber Organizer Before I installed this vertical storage rack, my lumber was hard to manage and a housekeeping nightmare. I could never find the piece I wanted, and removing a board from the back of the stack was sure to cause trouble. Finally...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra - Small Parts Carousel

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Small Parts Carousel While visiting an antique shop, I discovered a way to store all that indispensible small stuff that used to clutter my workshop. On display was a rotating bolt cabinet from an old-fashioned hardware store. When I got home, I design...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra - 6 Storage Solutions

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    1. Sandpaper Roll Storage I use pressure-sensitive-adhesive (PSA) sanding discs. For easy access, I like to get them out of their packages and lined up by grit. I hang my rolls of sanding discs on horizontally supported dowels so I can quickly grab the...
  • Blast Gate Manifold for Vac Hoses

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 9, 2009
    In my small shop, I use a shop vacuum to collect dust from several tools. To cut down on the need to swap hoses, I built this manifold with two blast gates. Now I transfer suction with a flip of my wrist. To make the box, I drilled holes for the hoses...
  • 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...
  • My Penmaker's Workshop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, June 24, 2010
    My Penmaker's Workshop By Lynn Vanderpool I stumbled on to pen making seven years ago, while scouring through my husband Jerry’s woodworking magazines and catalogs, looking for a special Christmas gift for him. I came across a mini lathe that...
  • 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...