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Winter 2013-2014

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  • AW Extra - Small Shop Solutions

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Small Shop Solutions Great ideas from space-challenged woodworkers just like you. Sliding Wall-O-Tools By Sue Brunclik 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...
  • 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...
  • Full-Storage Workbench

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    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 whenever you need a tool? Boy, do we have the bench for you. Our dream bench starts with traditional...
  • 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...
  • Modular Shop Cabinets

    by Tim Johnson     Sunday, February 22, 2009
    Modular Shop Cabinets Euro-style construction makes them easy to build, easy to customize. By Bruce Kieffer In days gone by, apprentice cabinetmakers used to build their own tool chests. The chests were often works of art that both displayed the owner’s...
  • AW Extra - Small Parts Carousel

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Small Parts Carousel While visiting an antique shop, I discovered a way to store all that indispensible small stuff that used to clutter my workshop. On display was a rotating bolt cabinet from an old-fashioned hardware store. When I got home, I design...
  • $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...
  • Simple Lumber Maker

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    Simple Lumber Maker By Jay McClellan I’ve turned my bandsaw into a mini sawmill with the help of one dirt-simple jig and a pair of extension tables. The jig is nothing more than a piece of plywood screwed to the log. It steadies the log when I cut...
  • Drill Press Cabinet

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Drill Press Cabinet Turn wasted space into storage space. By Jean Bartholome In my cramped little shop, every square foot counts. With that in mind I designed this cabinet to fit in the wasted space under the table of my floor-model drill press. The top...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra - 6 Storage Solutions

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    1. Sandpaper Roll Storage I use pressure-sensitive-adhesive (PSA) sanding discs. For easy access, I like to get them out of their packages and lined up by grit. I hang my rolls of sanding discs on horizontally supported dowels so I can quickly grab the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
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