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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Double-Duty Roller Tables

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Double-Duty Roller Tables I like getting double duty out of my tools whenever possible. So, when I decided to build outfeed tables for my miter saw and tablesaw, I worked up this dual-use design. The roller tables are simple to switch between machines...
  • Tablesaw Tapering Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Tablesaw Tapering Jig I recently built a pair of garden benches that required several identical parts that were tapered on both sides. To make the job easier, I built this jig that worked for both angles. The two screws make setting the angles quick and...
  • Pivoting Outfeed Support

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Pivoting Outfeed Support I recently saw an outfeed stand that had a pivoting top. The pivoting action prevents a workpiece from catching the front edge of the outfeed top. Instead, the top just pivots up level as the workpiece passes over it. I figured...
  • Tall Tablesaw Fence

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, February 10, 2010
    I recently built a project that required a tall vertical fence for my tablesaw. My tablesaw fence lacks a T-slot and I didn’t want to drill holes through it, so I came up with this solution. I made my tall fence out of 3/4-in. plywood and assembled...
  • Self-Storing Tablesaw Support

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 14, 2010
    My outrigger support is just the ticket for cutting full sheets of plywood in my small shop. If you own a T-square-style fence, or even one with a round tube, you can build this crosscut support in a few minutes. I milled a 2x4 to fit inside the support...
  • 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...
  • Raised-Panel Tablesaw Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Rather than buy a set of raised-panel router bits, I use this tall fence on my tablesaw. It’s simply a plywood box that slides on the rip fence. I use two bar clamps to hold my 3/4-in.-thick panel to the fence. The stop at the back of the jig also...
  • Dado Scale for Left-Tilt Saws

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 30, 2009
    Installing a dado set on my left-tilt saw makes the scale on the rip fence un-usable. Here’s why: The cutters stack from left to right, toward the fence, so each cutter I add knocks the scale off by the width of the cutter. Fortunately, recalibrating...
  • Mobile Bandsaw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 9, 2009
    Horsing my bandsaw out of the way was a real pain until I installed a pair of large casters (see Source, below). Now my saw has a built-in two-wheel cart. During use, the saw sits firmly on the floor, because the wheels don’t touch the ground. They’re...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tablesaw Extension

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, July 8, 2009
    Make Wide Cuts in a Small Shop By Roy Smith There’s not enough room in my garage shop for a tablesaw with a 52-in.-capacity rip fence. But no worries—I don’t need one! To make wide cuts, I simply install a shop-made extension that bridges...
  • Economical Inserts

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    Commercially made zero-clearance inserts cost about $20. I make my own for less than $3 from 3/8-in.-thick polyethylene cutting boards, which are flat and rigid. A 14-in. x 17-in. cutting board ($10 at a discount department store) yields four inserts...
  • Tablesawn Circles

    by Tom Caspar     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    It's easy to cut perfectly round tabletops of almost any size on your tablesaw. All it takes is a simple jig ( Fig A ) and careful setup. With this method, you can safely cut dia-meters from 12 in. to within an inch of your saw's rip-fence capacity...
  • Big-Featured, Low-Priced Tablesaws

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    Model 22124, $950 • 1-3/4-hp 120/240-volt motor. 30-in. rip capacity to the right of the blade. • Cast-iron side tables and folding outfeed table. • 4-in. miter gauge fence extension. • Beisemeyer rip fence. Craftsman started from...