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  • 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...
  • Simple Steam Box

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 9, 2009
    Simple Steam Box Build a box and add a steam kettle: you're ready to bend wood. By Seth Keller Building a steam box for bending wood only requires exterior-grade plywood, waterproof glue and an electric tea kettle. Any electric kettle with a cylindrical...
  • Simple Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Simple Router Table By Doug Stowe While many woodworkers spend weekends making stationary router tables, mine have always been very simple, driven by expediency, and the desire to get other things done. My first was just a router base screwed to the...
  • Double-Duty Lathe Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Double-Duty Lathe Cabinet Onboard storage for tools, accessories and 150 pounds of ballast. By Ray Lanham After several years of making lots of shavings and dust with a small, underpowered lathe, I decided I deserved an upgrade. My new lathe has big capacity...
  • 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...
  • Ultimate Sharpening Station

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Ultimate Sharpening Station Everything you need to make a razor-sharp edge is right at your fingertips. By Brad Holden If your sharpening supplies are scattered all over your shop, here’s a project designed to keep them in one place. This station...
  • Shopmade Handscrews

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    Shopmade Handscrews Thread your own wooden screws. By Steven Bunn Even though I have a small fortune invested in tools, I always seem to be short of wooden handscrew clamps. But daydreaming about buying ten more of these versatile tools runs smack into...
  • Handles for Turning Tools

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 2, 2012
    Handles for Turning Tools Customize their fit for comfort and performance. By Alan Lacer Decades ago, woodturning tools came without handles, and turners would simply fashion their own. This makes perfect sense, because a handle that fits and feels “right”...