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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 4 Handy Tablesaw Jigs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 26, 2009
    Unlock your saw's full potential. by Seth Keller The tablesaw’s power and precision put it at the center of everyone’s shop. Despite this honored position, a tablesaw is mostly used for mundane ripping tasks. To make better use of my tablesaw...
  • The Ultimate Shop-Built Crosscut Sled

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 14, 2010
    It's safe, it slides like a dream and a replaceable throat plate makes it last forever! by Travis Larson A good tablesaw sled makes perfect crosscuts easy, accurate and very safe. In addition, a well-designed sled can be used for bevel cuts, dadoes...
  • Mahogany and Its Look-Alikes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, January 29, 2010
    Stunning grain. Huge boards. Highly rot resistant. A dream (or a nightmare) to work. What one wood fits this bill? Mahogany, of course. by Tom Caspar Even the plainest mahogany boards are quite beautiful, because the color is usually a deep, rich coppery...
  • Shop-Made Router Lift

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Shop-Made Router Lift Features you can't buy at a price you won't believe. By Bruce Kieffer and Richard Tendick Router lifts are hot items these days and for good reason. Veteran router table users love their ability to make super-fine micro adjustments...
  • 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...
  • Dream Workbench

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 2, 2012
    Dream Workbench A modern bench that features storage, stability and mobility By Dave Munkittrick 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...
  • Small Shop Solutions

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, October 27, 2011
    Small Shop Solutions Great ideas from space-challenged woodworkers just like you. You may also like... Simple All-Purpose Shop Cabinets Big Capacity Shop Cabinet A Giant Shop Cabinet Sliding Wall-O-Tools By Sue Brunclik The doors hang from widely spaced...
  • Hold-Everything Tool Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Hold-Everything Tool Rack Get organized fast with easy slat construction and versatile hangers. By David Pickard Whether you have an exquisite collection of antique tools or the latest in high-tech gear, this versatile wall rack stores them all within...
  • A Giant Shop Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 15, 2011
    Giant Shop Cabinet Organize tons and tons of woodworking supplies with room to spare. By Tim Johnson If your workshop seems cluttered and your workbench is always covered with stuff, you need this cabinet. It packs 30 cubic ft.of storage, enough for all...
  • Wedged-Base Workbench

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 2, 2012
    Wedged-Base Workbench Tablesaw joinery locks it together. By Tim Johnson This workbench has a top ready for hard use. But it’s the base that catches your eye. The interlocking joinery, with its dovetails and wedges, is rock solid, yet it knocks...
  • Hyperorganize Your Shop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 11, 2011
    Hyperorganize Your Shop A hook-and-slat wall system puts everything at your fingertips. By Jock Holmen I’ve struggled with the clutter in my small garage shop for years. Recently my neighbor remodeled his garage using a commercial wall-slat system...
  • Mobile Miter Saw Stand

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Mobile Miter Saw Stand Get more from your miter saw with a stand that handles everything. By Richard Tendick This stand has everything you could want. With the wings up, it can handle 8-ft.-long boards on either side. With wings down, the stand is only...
  • Torsion-Box Workbench and Expandable Assembly Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 2, 2012
    Torsion-Box Workbench and Expandable Assembly Table Double your work space without doubling your shop space. By Randy Johnson and Luke Hartle In our shop, we used to pile tools, parts and hardware on top of a wobbly workbench made from 2x4s. When we had...
  • Tablesaw Storage Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 8, 2009
    All of your tablesaw accessories close at hand by Eric Smith The last time I could find them all, I counted 18 accessories for my tablesaw. Dado set, push sticks, throat plates, extra blades, miter gauges, tenoning jig, wrenches, etc.—they’re...
  • 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...