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  • AW Extra 7/10/14 - Shop-Built 3-Jaw-Chuck

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 8, 2014
    Shop-Built 3-Jaw-Chuck A cheap, effective turning tool. Three-jaw lathe chucks are virtually indispensable for a turner, yet the cost of buying one can be prohibitive. Three-jaw chucks are useful when turning small pieces at low speed, and permit multi...
  • Dovetailer's Dream Vise

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, June 20, 2014
    Dovetailer’s Dream Vise Treat yourself to the secure, even grip that’s essential for precision work. By Brad Holden Cutting dovetails by hand is satisfying and rewarding work, but securing the boards for sawing and chopping is anything but...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 10/31/13 - Tablesaw Storage Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 28, 2013
    Tablesaw Storage Cabinet All of your tablesaw accessories close at hand By Eric Smith The last time I could find them all, I counted 18 accessories for my tablesaw. Dado set, push sticks, throat plates, extra blades, miter gauges, tenoning jig, wrenches...
  • 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 1/10/13 - Is Your Shop Too Small?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 8, 2013
    Is Your Shop Too Small? Tips for making king-size projects in a pint-size shop. By George Vondriska n a recent poll of woodworkers, the most common complaint,by far, was that their shops were too small. Even one guy with 5,000 square feet thought he was...
  • Foolproof Tenons

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 18, 2012
    Foolproof Tenons Two blades and a rock-solid jig guarantee success. By Tom Caspar Mortise and tenon joinery is the heart of many classic furniture projects. It’s an incredibly strong, time-tested method of connecting boards. Making these precisely...
  • AW Extra 12/6/12 - Compact Turning Center

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 4, 2012
    Compact Turning Center Put all your tools and accessories at your fingertips by building this storage rack. By Jim Williar I made turning on my lathe much more enjoyable by trimming out the metal stand that it came with. Now all my turning tools are right...
  • A Great American Woodworker - Fred Cogelow

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 27, 2012
    A Great American Woodworker - Fred Cogelow One-of-a-kind carver, one-of-a-kind carvings. By Spike Carlsen An impromptu encounter with Fred Cogelow’s “Norwegian Wheelchair” gave me a true sense of Fred as both an artist and a person....
  • Hybrid Shaving Horse

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 9, 2012
    Hybrid Shaving Horse Expert craftsman Tom Donahey shares his plans for an essential tool to work green wood. By Tom Caspar Few woodworking experiences are as sweet as working wood that’s just been split from a recently felled tree. Green wood is...