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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Ipe: Wood—or Metal?

    by Tim Johnson     Tuesday, February 24, 2009
    Ipe (pronounced E-pay) is a South American wood as exotic as its name. When you hold a piece, you know it's something special. Ipe sinks in water like cast iron, is hard as nails and polishes like brass. Of course, you don't really have to weld...
  • How to Deal with Knots

    by Tim Johnson     Tuesday, February 24, 2009
    Knots are usually considered defects in wood. They're cut out of boards and thrown on a scrap heap. But take a closer look at a knot. In a hardwood, it's surrounded by stunning grain. Why not make it the focal point of your next project? The best...
  • Tips For Using Shellac

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 2, 2009
    Tips for Using Shellac Make friends with this beautiful, versatile finish. By Mitch Kohanek Recently I was asked to judge a woodworking show. One of the best pieces was a wonderfully constructed grandfather clock. Unfortunately, a quick brushing of polyurethane...
  • Fold-Down Cutting Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 14, 2010
    There was no room in my basement shop to cut full sheets of plywood. I always had to have the home center guy cut it down to size with his panel saw. What a hassle. I wanted my own panel saw, but I knew there was simply no room in my shop or budget. Then...
  • Vertical Lumber Organizer

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    Vertical Lumber Organizer Before I installed this vertical storage rack, my lumber was hard to manage and a housekeeping nightmare. I could never find the piece I wanted, and removing a board from the back of the stack was sure to cause trouble. Finally...
  • $100 Router Table

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, April 17, 2008
    $100 Router Table As easy to use as it is to build. By Bill Hylton Sometimes, less really is more. Take router tables for instance. It's not at all difficult to ring up a big tab for a manufactured router table, complete with a new router, loaded...
  • Hide-Away Tool Stand

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    My bench grinder is out of the way but instantly accessible, thanks to this sturdy flip-up table. It works great and it's simple to make. You'll only need a scrap of 3/4-in. plywood that's 1/2-in. narrower than the overhang, four 3-in. butt...
  • Digital Angle Gauge

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    by George Vondriska What woodworker hasn’t lamented over the protractors on table saws and miter saws? If you’ve been disappointed, Wixey can make your life a lot easier with its Digital Angle Gauge, $40. It takes the guesswork out of setting...
  • Heavy Duty Folding Work Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, April 28, 2002
    by Tom Caspar Need more bench space? Who doesn’t? Here’s a terrific solution: a folding worktable that’s both big and strong. And we mean strong. You can set it up in only a minute and be ready for routing, sanding, planing—you...
  • Blast Gate Manifold for Vac Hoses

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 9, 2009
    In my small shop, I use a shop vacuum to collect dust from several tools. To cut down on the need to swap hoses, I built this manifold with two blast gates. Now I transfer suction with a flip of my wrist. To make the box, I drilled holes for the hoses...
  • Wood Edging on Laminated Tops

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 17, 2009
    5 steps to align and finish wood edging on a plastic-laminated surface. by Bruce Kieffer Most woodworkers cringe at the thought of applying wood edging to a plastic-laminated top. Unlike wood veneer surfaces, you can’t sand this edging flush without...
  • 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...
  • Cable-Tie Cord Management

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 22, 2010
    My power tool cords were always in a tangle, so I finally did something about it. All it took was a couple of cable ties; a small standard one and a large resealable one. I drilled a couple of tiny holes in the resealable tie (near its clasp) and inserted...
  • Expandable Parts Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Expandable Parts Rack When I worked on a big project, every surface in my shop used to get covered with stacks of parts. While visiting a small production shop, I saw an expanding metal rack in the finish room, loaded with kitchen cabinet doors. A light...
  • Sliding Wall-O-Tools

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Sliding Wall-O-Tools I built this 8-ft.-long shelf system to take advantage of the narrow space in the corner of my garage. When the unit is “closed,” I’ve got ready access to the tools hanging on both doors. By sliding one or both doors...