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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cool New Jigsaws

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    Hey, the days of Grandpa's noisy old hard-to-steer, blade-poppin' saber saw are over. New jigsaws from Bosch and Metabo are fine examples of today's what-a-pleasure-to-use jigsaws. The Bosch 1590EVSK and Metabo STE105 Plus share great features...