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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Craig Thibodeau's Fine Furniture

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 18, 2012
    Craig Thibodeau's Fine Furniture Cherry and Carpathian Elm Dining Table Size: 74″ long by 39″ wide by 30″ high Materials: Cherry, Carpathian Elm Burl, Ebony, and Macassar Ebony Description: This Cherry wood dining table uses a special...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Adjustable Workbench

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 2, 2012
    Adjustable Workbench The coolest bench ever: It changes size before your eyes! By Tom Caspar My workbench has always been the heart of my small shop. When I made it years ago, I outfitted it with a good face vise, an innovative sliding tail-vise and a...
  • 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...
  • Modular Shop Cabinets

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Modular Shop Cabinets Euro-style construction makes them easy to build, easy to customize. By Bruce Kieffer In days gone by, apprentice cabinetmakers used to build their own tool chests. The chests were often works of art that both displayed the owner’s...
  • Cabinetmaker's Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Cabinetmaker's Router Table You won't find this router table in any store or catalog. By Dave Munkittric You won't find this router table in any store or catalog. But, it incorporates all the best features found in those store-bought systems...
  • Double-Duty Shop Stool

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Double-Duty Shop Stool It's all plywood, and only uses a half sheet. By Eric Smith A combination stool and work support? OK, it’s an odd pair, but in my crowded shop, it makes a lot of sense. Anything that takes up less room is a good idea!...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...