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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 4 Handy Tablesaw Jigs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 26, 2009
    Unlock your saw's full potential. by Seth Keller The tablesaw’s power and precision put it at the center of everyone’s shop. Despite this honored position, a tablesaw is mostly used for mundane ripping tasks. To make better use of my tablesaw...
  • 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...
  • The Ultimate Shop-Built Crosscut Sled

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 14, 2010
    It's safe, it slides like a dream and a replaceable throat plate makes it last forever! by Travis Larson A good tablesaw sled makes perfect crosscuts easy, accurate and very safe. In addition, a well-designed sled can be used for bevel cuts, dadoes...
  • Mahogany and Its Look-Alikes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, January 29, 2010
    Stunning grain. Huge boards. Highly rot resistant. A dream (or a nightmare) to work. What one wood fits this bill? Mahogany, of course. by Tom Caspar Even the plainest mahogany boards are quite beautiful, because the color is usually a deep, rich coppery...
  • 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...
  • 7 Classic Ways to Store Clamps

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 2, 2009
    Conquer Your Clamp Conundrums with These Simple Solutions by Tim Johnson “You can’t have too many clamps,” a wise cabinetmaker once told me. That’s certainly true, but in a small shop, you can easily run out of room to store them...
  • 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...
  • A Giant Shop Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 15, 2011
    Giant Shop Cabinet Organize tons and tons of woodworking supplies with room to spare. By Tim Johnson If your workshop seems cluttered and your workbench is always covered with stuff, you need this cabinet. It packs 30 cubic ft.of storage, enough for all...
  • Hyperorganize Your Shop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 11, 2011
    Hyperorganize Your Shop A hook-and-slat wall system puts everything at your fingertips. By Jock Holmen I’ve struggled with the clutter in my small garage shop for years. Recently my neighbor remodeled his garage using a commercial wall-slat system...
  • Tool Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 30, 2011
    Tool Cabinet Tons of flexible storage for today's woodworking tools. By George Vondriska and Dave Munkittrick Old tool chests made by the masters utilized every square inch of space with custom-fit nooks and crannies for all of their hand tools. Today’s...
  • Tablesaw Storage Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 8, 2009
    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, etc.—they’re...
  • MDF and Particleboard

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    How two versatile woods can be both a blessing and a curse. by Karen Nakamura Cheap, plain and definitely not wood. That’s how many woodworkers describe particleboard and MDF (medium-density fiberboard), but think these words instead: inexpensive...
  • 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...
  • Swing-Out Plywood Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 13, 2010
    Swing-Out Plywood Storage I was looking for a way to keep my small inventory of plywood organized and easy to access. The garage at my town house is small, but I did have a narrow space along one of the sidewalls next to the overhead door. After some...
  • Milk Jug Dust Collection

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 26, 2010
    Milk Jug Dust Collection Routing makes a real mess. But, here’s a solution that won’t cost you a dime.Take a 1-gallon milk or windshield-washer container and cut a hole in one side for a bit. Slice off the bottom with a utility knife. Cut...