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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • No. 81 Scraper 1

    by Tom Caspar     Saturday, February 14, 2009
    Let me just say it straight out–I love hand tools. They're quiet, fun to use, and connect me with woodworkers of long ago. But most importantly, they often get the job done faster and better than power tools. That's right: faster and better...
  • 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...