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  • AW Extra 7/26/12 - Master Your Brad Nailer

    by AW-Editor     Monday, July 7, 2008
    Master Your Brad Nailer 5 Tips and products to make your brad nailer safe and easy to use . Avoid the blowout curse A brad that unexpectedly shoots out the side of your project is guaranteed to make you curse, especially if your finger happens to be in...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 1/17/13 - 3 Kitchen Storage Projects

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 19, 2009
    3 Kitchen Storage Projects Squeeze more space from your cabinets with customized roll-outs. by Eric Smith and David Radke It may seem like a paradox, but even kitchens that are overflowing have underutilized space. Many base cabinets are only half used...
  • AW Extra 6/14/12 - Convenient Benchtop Protection

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, June 29, 2008
    Convenient Benchtop Protection My workbench is beautiful and I want to keep it that way, so I cover the top with builder’s paper ($7/140-ft. roll at my local home center) whenever I’m gluing or staining. But the heavy roll was hard to handle...
  • AW Extra 11/8/12 - Longer-Lasting Polyurethane Glue

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    Longer-Lasting Polyurethane Glue Polyurethane glue is great stuff but has a short shelf life after the bottle is opened. That’s because the humidity in the air inside the bottle causes the glue to slowly cure. I found I can extend the shelf life...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 5/10/12 - Miter Plunging Biscuit Joiner

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, April 17, 2008
    Miter Plunging Biscuit Joiner My biscuit joiner fence does not rotate to 135 degrees, and that is one of my most-often-made joints. To help hold the joiner steady, I add a second mitered piece of wood to the other side of the joint, forming a right angle...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 4/26/12 - Circle Center

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, February 28, 2008
    Circle Center By George Vondriska Quickly find and approximate the center of a narrow board by using your fingers like a marking gauge. Set a pencil in your fingers, allowing one finger to run along the face of the board. Make a line parallel to one face...
  • AW Extra 9/6/12 - Swing-Out Plywood Storage

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, July 8, 2008
    Swing-Out Plywood Storage I was looking for a way to keep my small inventory of plywood organized and easy to access. The garage at my town house is small, but I did have a narrow space along one of the sidewalls next to the overhead door. After some...
  • AW Extra 6/7/12 - Fender Washers for Mounting Pictures

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, June 29, 2008
    Fender Washers for Mounting Pictures I enjoy making picture frames but always found it a pain to use tacks or staples to hold the picture in place. Plus tacks and staples are hard to remove when you want to change the picture. That's why I developed...
  • Leather Tool Sheaths

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    Leather Tool Sheaths By Michael Dromey When I’m not using my chisels I keep them in a drawer, so I made a set of leather sheaths to protect their sharp ends. I bought the leather and some rivets from a hobby shop and made sheaths for all my chisels...
  • AW Extra 11/22/12 - Flexible Spray Gun Pickup Tube

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    Flexible Spray Gun Pickup Tube My HVLP spray gun came equipped with a standard metal fluid-pickup tube. It works fine until I tip my gun to get inside a cabinet. Then the gun sputters and spits because the pickup tube is no longer in the finish. I mentioned...
  • AW Extra 11/15/12 - Snag-Free Hose

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    Snag-Free Hose By Peter Natoli I love using dust collection with my orbital sander, but the hose always caught on the edge of my workbench. I fixed this problem by suspending the hose and cord using a 1-in.-wide cloth strap with some Velcro on the ends...