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  • AW Extra 5/29/14 - Folding Worktable

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, May 28, 2014
    Folding Worktable This simple, roll-around worktable fits in tight spaces yet expands to a huge work surface. By David Radtke Here’s a work space that’s huge and accessible from all sides, yet folds up and stows away easily. If you don’t...
  • AW Extra 5/15/14 - Ultimate Tool Stand

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, May 12, 2014
    Ultimate Tool Stand An easy-to-use space saver with more functions than a Swiss army knife. By Dave Munkittrick For those of us who share shop space with a car or a washer and dryer, elbowroom is always a problem. This tool stand is the answer. A 2 ft...
  • 3 Classic Vises made with Pipe Clamps

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, February 24, 2014
    3 Classic Vises made with Pipe Clamps Increase your bench’s versatility on a budget. By Chad Stanton As a professional woodworker, leaving the comfort of my shop to work on a jobsite is part of the routine. I always take along a portable bench that’s...
  • Ultimate Lathe Stand

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, February 23, 2014
    Ultimate Lathe Stand Build a professional quality stand that’s stable, strong and heavy. By Alan Lacer A good stand is just as important as a good lathe. As a professional turner, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a stand...
  • Knockdown Trestle Sawhorses

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, February 23, 2014
    Knockdown Trestle Sawhorses Simple design. Sturdy construction. By Tom Caspar Every shop needs a pair of trusty sawhorses. I like ones that are easy to build and easy to store away. These sawhorses definitely fit that bill, and nest together quite well...
  • AW Extra 1/16/14 - Roll-Around Shop Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 16, 2014
    Roll-Around Shop Cabinet This wooden cavern holds tons of tools, plus it doubles as a bench outrigger. By Ian Kirby For tough and intelligent tool storage, it’s hard to beat a professional mechanic’s tool chest. It has shallow full-extension...
  • Feature-Filled Router Table Fence

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    Feature-Filled Router Table Fence This $50 fence can make your router table sing! By George Vondriska You can build this completely tricked-out router table fence in an afternoon for about 50 bucks, using easily available parts.Here’s what you get...
  • AW Extra 11/21/13 - Flammables Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 19, 2013
    Flammables Cabinet Keep your shop and family safe! Have you got finishing supplies scattered all over your shop? Concerned that they’re a fire hazard? Organize them into this cabinet built out of one sheet of plywood and you’ll sleep better...
  • Chad's Sawhorse Workbench

    by woodworkerBryan     Wednesday, July 10, 2013
    Chad's Sawhorse Workbench Stacking sawhorses serve a dual purpose. By Chad Stanton I usually need a pair of sawhorses when I'm working outside the shop, but sometimes I also need a bench. Here's both, rolled into one. The bench is actually...
  • 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...
  • Ginormous Shop Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    Ginormous Shop Cabinet 26 drawers for tools and supplies. By Dr. Warren Kragt My beat-up garage-sale seven-drawer metal tool cabinet was an eyesore. I wanted something bigger and better, but mostly I wanted something that looked like it belonged in a...
  • 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...