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Tom Caspar

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  • The Unplugged Woodshop: Tom's Torsion Box Workbench

    by Tom Caspar     Monday, February 23, 2009
    If you love hand tools, you gotta have a good, solid workbench. No two ways about it. But if you have hardly any tools to start with, how are you going to build one? I designed this bench on a dare. Sometime back in the mid 90's, a student said, "I'm...
  • Spice Cabinet Secret Drawer

    by Tom Caspar     Tuesday, July 7, 2009
    What's behind the door of Al Hudson's William and Mary Spice Cabinet? A beautifully-proportioned set of small drawers. Behind the drawers, there's a very cleverly designed secret drawer. To access this drawer, you must first remove two drawers...
  • Shed Doors 6: Hinge Mortises

    by Tom Caspar     Sunday, April 26, 2009
    Last summer, I added a small shed to my old garage. I hung some temporary plywood doors, and built the real doors in the shop here at American Woodworker. Here are links to the first five parts of the story: Shed Doors 1 and Shed Doors 2 and Shed Doors...
  • Shed Doors 4: Curved Rails

    by Tom Caspar     Monday, April 13, 2009
    Last summer, I added a small shed to my old garage. I hung some temporary plywood doors, and built the real doors in the shop here at American Woodworker. Here are links to the first three parts of the story: Shed Doors 1 and Shed Doors 2 and Shed Doors...
  • Half-Round Table

    by Tom Caspar     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    Here's one of my first serious woodworking projects, completed quite a few years ago. It's a simple version of a classic form: the demi-lune table, popular in the Federal period. My kids called it a "half-round" table, and the name stuck...
  • Kubb Carrier

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 11, 2011
    Kubb Carrier I designed this tote box to hold the set of ash and walnut Kubb pieces that are featured in the June/July 2011 issue of American Woodworker. The box is made from 1/2" Baltic birch plywood, Honduras mahogany and standard 1" corner...
  • The Unplugged Woodshop: Sharpening Essentials

    by Tom Caspar     Monday, February 23, 2009
    In the first session of my class, The Unplugged Woodshop, everybody learns how to sharpen a chisel. The fussy way. When I first taught this class, years ago, I noticed that most folks were trying to take notes. Not easy to do when you're trying to...
  • Ted's Altar 1

    by Tom Caspar     Tuesday, February 24, 2009
    I'm a P.K. A preacher's kid, that is. My father, who passed away a year ago, was a Lutheran pastor. Ted didn't know a lick about woodworking, but he was a great admirer of contemporary furniture design. A couple of years ago, I built this...
  • Shed Doors 5: Raised Panels

    by Tom Caspar     Tuesday, April 21, 2009
    Last summer, I added a small shed to my old garage. I hung some temporary plywood doors, and built the real doors in the shop here at American Woodworker. Here are links to the first four parts of the story: Shed Doors 1 and Shed Doors 2 and Shed Doors...
  • Selma's Desk 1

    by Tom Caspar     Saturday, February 21, 2009
    When I was a kid, I always looked forward to getting a birthday card from my grandmother, Selma Halvorson. The five dollar bill inside the card could sure buy a lot of candy in those days. This is the desk that Selma sat at when she wrote birthday cards...
  • Selma's Desk 2

    by Tom Caspar     Saturday, March 7, 2009
    This Danish Modern desk (see Selma's Desk 1 ) has a beautifully-constructed top. It's a clever combination of solid teak and teak veneer. The top has 5-1/2" wide breadboard ends, as shown above. The main portion of the top is composed of...
  • Shed Doors 1: Huge Mortises

    by Tom Caspar     Friday, March 27, 2009
    I built a shed last summer, as a small addition to my turn-of-the-century one-car garage. I've been a woodworker for umpteen years now, but I've never done any carpentry work before. Go figure. I couldn't resist the challenge of building custom...
  • Shed Doors 2: Big Tenons

    by Tom Caspar     Monday, March 30, 2009
    Last summer, I added a small shed to my old garage. I hung some temporary plywood doors, and built the real doors in the shop here at American Woodworker. Here's a link to the first part of the story: Shed Doors 1. I've mortised the stiles, and...
  • Restoring A Drop-Leaf Table 1

    by Tom Caspar     Saturday, February 14, 2009
    Here's the beginning of a story that I hope will have a happy ending. It's about a humble drop-leaf kitchen table that I stumbled on at an antique store. Nothing special-but it was all made by hand, as you'll see in the photos below. My goal...
  • Shed Doors 3: Fitting Tenons

    by Tom Caspar     Saturday, April 4, 2009
    Last summer, I added a small shed to my old garage. I hung some temporary plywood doors, and built the real doors in the shop here at American Woodworker. Here are links to the first two parts of the story: Shed Doors 1 and Shed Doors 2 . OK, the last...
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