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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 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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 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...
  • Rollers Ease Plywood Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 28, 2014
    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...
  • 12 Tips for Better Biscuit Joining

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, October 15, 2009
    12 Tips for Better Biscuit Joining Improve performance and expand function. By Richard Tendick Make corner splines Decorative corner splines sure make an ordinary box look great. But they can be a bit dicey to cut on a tablesaw. Let your plate joiner...
  • AW Extra 9/13/12 - Two-Wheel Mobile Base

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, July 8, 2008
    Two-Wheel Mobile Base Here’s my quick and cheap solution for making a contractor-style tablesaw mobile. I glued a piece of 2x4 to a 2x6 and added a pair of 2-in. non-swiveling casters. (For this setup they are easier to steer than the swiveling...
  • AW Extra 6/28/12 - Mobile Tool Cabinet

    by AW-Editor     Saturday, July 5, 2008
    Mobile Tool Cabinet I bought my current house because of the big detached garage, which is perfect for my woodshop. However, when I started remodeling the house I got really tired of lugging boxes of tools from the garage to the house every weekend. To...