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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...
  • 3 Classic Vises made with Pipe Clamps

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, February 24, 2014
    3 Classic Vises made with Pipe Clamps Increase your bench’s versatility on a budget. By Chad Stanton As a professional woodworker, leaving the comfort of my shop to work on a jobsite is part of the routine. I always take along a portable bench that’s...
  • Ultimate Lathe Stand

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, February 23, 2014
    Ultimate Lathe Stand Build a professional quality stand that’s stable, strong and heavy. By Alan Lacer A good stand is just as important as a good lathe. As a professional turner, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have a stand...
  • AW Extra 1/16/14 - Roll-Around Shop Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 16, 2014
    Roll-Around Shop Cabinet This wooden cavern holds tons of tools, plus it doubles as a bench outrigger. By Ian Kirby For tough and intelligent tool storage, it’s hard to beat a professional mechanic’s tool chest. It has shallow full-extension...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Make Your Own Blast Gates

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Make Your Own Blast Gates They’re cheap! All you need is some PVC and plastic laminate. By Alan Schaffter A central dust collection system is a big improvement to any shop, but the cost can really add up. With commercial gates going from $4 to over...
  • AW Extra 9/12/13 - Chad's Stepbox

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Chad's Stepbox Learn how to make compound-angle dovetails building this handy stool and portable tool box. Chad Stanton For my job as a trim carpenter and furnituremaker, I’ve always needed a sturdy stool to stand on. I’ve also wanted...
  • 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...
  • Ginormous Shop Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    Ginormous Shop Cabinet 26 drawers for tools and supplies. By Dr. Warren Kragt My beat-up garage-sale seven-drawer metal tool cabinet was an eyesore. I wanted something bigger and better, but mostly I wanted something that looked like it belonged in a...