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  • Jumbo Tape Dispenser

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, February 10, 2010
    Jumbo Tape Dispenser I have five or six different kinds of tape in my shop, and last weekend I got fed up with rooting through a drawer to find the one I wanted. To solve the problem, I built this tape dispenser that holds a variety of tape widths and...
  • 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...
  • Working with Melamine

    by Tim Johnson     Tuesday, March 3, 2009
    Working with Melamine It's dirt cheap, it's practical, and best of all, there's no sanding and finishing! by Dave Munkittrick Melamine is the professional cabinetmaker’s best friend. Build a cabinet with it and you have a complete, durable...
  • 19 Tips for Buying and Using Rough Lumber

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 8, 2012
    Tips for Buying and Using Rough Lumber Buy smart to get the best deals and the best wood. By Tim Johnson Start out thick Rough lumber thicknesses are measured in 1/4-in. increments. The thinnest rough-cut boards, labeled 4/4, and called four quarter,...
  • AW Extra 12/20/12 - 11 Drill Press Tips

    by Tim Johnson     Friday, February 20, 2009
    11 Drill Press Tips If you tend to think of your drill press as a boring machine, you may not be using it to its full potential. These tips will help you find new ways to use your drill press and bring out its full potential as an indispensable woodworking...
  • Template Routing Tips

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 12, 2010
    by Randy Johnson If you want to get the most from your router, you need to master template routing. Once you learn the basics you can spend a lifetime exploring its many possibilities. You’ll be able to build more kinds of projects, more accurately...
  • 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...
  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Plastic Lumber

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 10, 2009
    by Brad Holden No, we haven’t changed our name to American Plasticworker. I love wood, with all its beautiful textures, figures and smells. But I also enjoy experimenting with different materials. So I decided to try some of the plastic lumber available...
  • AW Extra 5/24/12 - 8-ft.Straightedge for $4

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, June 29, 2008
    8-ft. Straightedge for $4 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...
  • Jig for Router Dadoes

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    For fast and accurate dadoes, this jig is hard to beat. The trick is to run the router against one guide, then back against the other. This allows you to use a 1/2-in. bit, for example, to cut a dado that's 13/16-in. wide or less, to get a perfect...
  • AW Extra 8/16/12 - Sharpening Jig for Jointer and Planer Blades

    by AW-Editor     Monday, July 7, 2008
    Sharpening Jig for Jointer and Planer Blades I’ve tried several different shop-made jigs for sharpening my jointer and planer knives but this one has proved the simplest to use and make. When making this sharpening jig it’s important to make...
  • Tips for Mastering Featherboards

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, November 25, 2009
    Featherboards are like having an extra set of hands in the shop, going where no fıngers ever should. by Jock and Susan Holmen The featherboard gets its name from the rows of flexible “fingers” that act like a bird’s feather and give...
  • Spice Up a Kitchen Drawer

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 26, 2010
    Spice Up a Kitchen Drawer I like to think my woodworking makes our house a little nicer place to live. Here’s an example: I used to empty half the spice cupboard just to find the coriander for my curry. This drawer-sized spice rack was the perfect...
  • Choosing Hand Planes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 18, 2012
    Choosing Hand Planes Match the size to the job — that's the key Hand planes come in a bewildering variety of sizes. Why are there so many? I’ll help explain this mystery by dividing the field into four groups, in order of size: block planes...