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Winter 2013-2014

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  • AW Extra 6/5/14 - Air Scrubber Trio

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 4, 2014
    Air Scrubber Trio Three shop-made machines that clear the air. By Ed Krause Dust haze.Even if you have a dust collection system you’ve probably found yourself in the middle of it. This fine dust settles onto all the surfaces of your shop where it...
  • Make Your Own Blast Gates

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Make Your Own Blast Gates They’re cheap! All you need is some PVC and plastic laminate. By Alan Schaffter A central dust collection system is a big improvement to any shop, but the cost can really add up. With commercial gates going from $4 to over...
  • AW Extra 9/12/13 - Chad's Stepbox

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Chad's Stepbox Learn how to make compound-angle dovetails building this handy stool and portable tool box. Chad Stanton For my job as a trim carpenter and furnituremaker, I’ve always needed a sturdy stool to stand on. I’ve also wanted...
  • AW Extra 8/15/13 - The Ultimate Grinding Rig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    The Ultimate Grinding Rig Grind more accurately with shop-made tool rests. By Mario Rodriguez Let's face it, the tool rests on most grinders just don’t cut it. They may be fine for sharpening scissors or lawnmower blades, but when it comes to...
  • AW Extra 7/11/13 - Adjustable Height Assembly Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Adjustable Height Assembly Table Check out these clever legs: they ratchet up and down with ease. By Alan Schaffter “An adjustable assembly table, huh? Well, you’re wasting your time unless it’s a simple design that’s easy to operate...
  • 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...
  • Wooden Tail Vise

    by woodworkerBryan     Monday, March 4, 2013
    Wooden Tail Vise Upgrade your bench and your woodworking by adding a classic vise. By Steve Bunn You can do without a tail vise. But you can do much more with one. That’s why woodworkers have depended on tail vises for over 400 years. A tail vise...
  • AW Extra 2/7/13 - Mobile Router Center

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 5, 2013
    Mobile Router Center This rolling router center has onboard storage for all your router components, folds into a tidy package, serves as an extra work surface and rolls out of the way when you're done! By George Vondriska Use It! Click any image to...
  • The Magic of White Pine

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, April 5, 2012
    The Magic of White Pine By Tom Caspar Aah, the magic of white pine. Just saying the name makes me smile. For a hand tool guy like me, it hardly gets any better; white pine is easy to plane, saw and pare. And the shavings smell so good, they transport...
  • Central Dust Collection

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 22, 2011
    Central Dust Collection Five simple rules for a dust-free shop By Dave Munkittrick Small, one-person shops don’t need complicated dust collection systems. We’ll show you how to get powerful collection at the lowest possible price without ever...
  • Mobile Router Center

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 22, 2011
    Mobile Router Center This rolling router center has onboard storage for all your router components, folds into a tidy package, serves as an extra work surface and rolls out of the way when you're done! By George Vondriska A router table is one of...
  • Drill Press Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 22, 2011
    Drill Press Table By Tom Caspar Standard drill press tables may be fine for metalworking, but they sure are frustrating to use in a woodshop. Attaching a fence with woodworking clamps is a pain in the neck; finding a clean backer board can be a real challenge;...
  • Router Table Jointer Fence

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 22, 2011
    Router Table Jointer Fence Edge joint long stock, thick stock, wide stock or man-made materials with this easy-to-build fence. By Rick McKee Is your shop too small to even think about squeezing in a jointer? Then do we have a project for you! And even...
  • Bandsaw Table System

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 22, 2011
    Bandsaw Table System This oversized table provides extra support for sawing or resawing plus the quick-set fence ends blade drift hassles. If you’ve ever been frustrated by your small bandsaw table, this project is for you. No more struggling to...
  • 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...