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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Dado Scale for Left-Tilt Saws

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 30, 2009
    Installing a dado set on my left-tilt saw makes the scale on the rip fence un-usable. Here’s why: The cutters stack from left to right, toward the fence, so each cutter I add knocks the scale off by the width of the cutter. Fortunately, recalibrating...
  • WS - Heavy-Duty Folding Shop Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 13, 2011
    Heavy-Duty Folding Shop Table You can build this workhorse in a day, using little more than a tablesaw, jigsaw, hacksaw and a drill. By Tom Caspar Need more bench space? Who doesn’t? Here’s a terrific solution: a folding worktable that’s...
  • Heavy-Duty Folding Shop Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, May 26, 2011
    Heavy-Duty Folding Shop Table You can build this workhorse in a day, using little more than a tablesaw, jigsaw, hacksaw and a drill. By Tom Caspar Need more bench space? Who doesn’t? Here’s a terrific solution: a folding worktable that’s...
  • Master Cabinetmaker's Bench

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 31, 2012
    Master Cabinetmaker's Bench A proven design that will last a lifetime. By Alan Turner I have many fine tools in my shop, but the most important one is my bench. It has a classic design, favored by cabinetmakers for generations. I've spent a long...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tom's Torsion Box Workbench

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 16, 2012
    Tom's Torsion Box Workbench This rock-solid workhorse is simply four easy-to-build 2x4-and-plywood boxes. By Tom Caspar Quick, cheap, solid. You can’t ask much more from a workbench, and this one delivers it all. Made of out nothing more than...
  • 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 2/7/13 - Mobile Router Center

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 5, 2013
    Mobile Router Center This rolling router center has onboard storage for all your router components, folds into a tidy package, serves as an extra work surface and rolls out of the way when you're done! By George Vondriska Use It! Click any image to...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • Feature-Filled Router Table Fence

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    Feature-Filled Router Table Fence This $50 fence can make your router table sing! By George Vondriska You can build this completely tricked-out router table fence in an afternoon for about 50 bucks, using easily available parts.Here’s what you get...