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  • Photocopy Template

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 14, 2010
    Photocopy Template I used to hate hanging objects, like power strips, that have hidden T-slots on the back. No matter how carefully I measured, I could never get the mounting screws in the right place on the wall. Then I realized that I could make a perfect...
  • Dust Collection Tips

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, April 29, 2010
    Dust Collection Tips Practical solutions for a cleaner shop. Vacuum-Assisted Bench I got tired of hooking my bench tools to my shop vacuum. Now I simply plug their dust collection hoses into the bench. I drilled and routed a hole in the bench to house...
  • 17 Router Tips

    by woodworkerBryan     Tuesday, February 19, 2013
    17 Router Tips Flattening Wide Boards A huge, wide board makes a stunning tabletop. If it won‘t fit through your planer, flattening that board can be a lot of hard work. You could use a belt sander, but it’s much easier to use your router...
  • Butternut

    by American Woodworker Editors     Saturday, July 24, 2010
    Butternut Tips for working with black walnut's blond cousin. By Tim Johnson Butternut is one of our prettiest domestic hardwoods, but most people have never seen it. Butternut trees are rare in urban and suburban landscapes,and retail lumberyards...
  • The Way Wood Works: Reading Grain Direction

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 2, 2012
    The Way Wood Works: Reading Grain Direction By Tom Caspar “Going against the grain” is a familiar phrase. It means doing something the wrong way.When you’re talking about wood, you always want to go with the grain—cutting or planing...
  • Ladder Lumber Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 20, 2009
    Ladder Lumber Rack I organized all my short boards by turning an inexpensive 6-ft. stepladder (about $30 at a home center) into a lumber rack. Now every board is easy to see and reach. My ladder didn’t have treads on the back legs, so I screwed...
  • Rock-Solid Bench Support

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    The face vise on my workbench didn't hold long boards rigidly enough until I added this adjustable "bench slave." And it only cost about $30. First I milled a board to attach to the leg, making sure it was thick enough to fit flush with...
  • Rollers Ease Plywood Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 9, 2009
    Rollers Ease Plywood Storage Before I installed these rollers, sliding plywood in and out of my storage rack used to wear me out. It also damaged the edges of the sheets. Now plywood sheets glide in and out.I cut the 2-1/2-in.-dia. rollers from 3/4-in...
  • World's Best Routing Guide

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, November 19, 2009
    This simple guide guarantees success whenever you need to make a straight routing pass. It’s perfect for jointing a long edge or routing dadoes and grooves. You’ll get smooth, chatter-free results, thanks to the guide’s firm support...
  • Overhead Clamp Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 18, 2009
    by Frank Muhvich Storage space is limited in my shop, so my pipe clamps hang from the ceiling. I made this rack from 3/4-in. plywood and attached it to the ceiling joists with 3-in. decking screws. A center block prevents the handles from rotating when...
  • A Great Glue Bottle Tip

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 29, 2010
    A Great Glue Bottle Tip I like the narrow tip on refillable glue bottles. What I don’t like is the tiny little cap, which is very easy to lose. The other day I was pawing through shavings on the floor looking for my lost cap when the pencil in my...
  • Q & A: Pencil Mark Cleanup

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 17, 2012
    Q & A: Pencil Mark Cleanup Q: How do I get the pencil marks off my oak plywood bookcase? I tried using an eraser, but that didn’t get down into the open grain.When I tried sanding it out I ended up erasing the paper-thin veneer instead! I don’t...
  • Sliding Drill Press Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 12, 2009
    Why doesn’t a drill press come with an adjustable fence? My solution is essentially a two-part table. The fence (C) is attached to the top part, which slides on the runners (F) of the bottom part, which is fastened to the drill press table. Setscrews...
  • Capture Tablesaw Dust

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 9, 2009
    My contractor-style tablesaw spewed sawdust everywhere until I enclosed the base by covering all the openings with 1/4-in. MDF panels. First, I added two aluminum angle rails so the collection box slopes toward the dust port in the back panel. Then I...
  • 8-ft. Straightedge for $5

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 14, 2009
    Whenever I have to cut down a sheet of plywood I reach for one of my trusty metal stud straightedges. Metal studs are available in different thicknesses for different applications. A 20-gauge non-load-bearing drywall stud (about 50¢/ft.) won't...