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  • 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...
  • AW Extra 8/16/12 - Folding Outfeed Table

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Folding Outfeed Table Open, it supports 8-ft. long stock. Closed, it’s as compact as your saw. By George Vondriska Roller stands are okay, but every saw really ought to have an outfeed table. It makes ripping lumber or plywood a lot more convenient...
  • Cordless Drill Stand

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Even though most cordless drills are designed to stand on their own, they still fall over easily. Mine took one too many dives off the workbench. This drove me to build this stand to give my drill a secure home. It also provides a handy place to keep...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Next-Generation Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, June 24, 2010
    Next-Generation Router Table Make more accurate cuts with a flat, solid-surface top. By John English 9 Key Features 1. Hinged Top. Bit changes are much easier. 2. Pivot Control. Just loosen the fence’s left side for quick micro-adjustment. 3. Tall...
  • 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...
  • Suspended Outlet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    This is one of my favorite shop upgrades. By adding this suspended outlet over my work area I always have electricity close at hand. It sure beats running an extension cord across the floor and getting my feet tangled in it. This suspended outlet is not...