Projects

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AW Extra 4/24/14 – Improved Crosscut Sled

Improved Crosscut Sled A split fence guarantees accurate cuts By Tom Caspar   Whenever I want to make an accurate square cut, I reach for my crosscut sled. Unlike a miter gauge, its right-angle setting doesn’t need constant tweaking. My cuts are always right on the money. Crosscut sleds have been around for a...

Whittled Peg Rack

Whittled Peg Rack It's just you, your knife, and the wood. By Tim Johnson Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks) when everything went wrong and you wondered why you decided to take up woodworking in the first place? It’s supposed to be fun, right? Well, sometimes it helps to get...

AW Extras 4/10/14 – Mobile Outfeed Tables

Mobile Outfeed Tables Upgrade your tablesaw and save precious shop space with a pair of outfeed tables. By George Vondriska A tablesaw is a lot safer and easier to use when it’s equipped with an outfeed table. Whether you’re ripping long boards or crosscutting big sheets of plywood, you really need more support than...

AW Extra 3/27/14 – Divided Light Doors

Divided Light Doors Add a masterful touch with classic glass doors. By Tom Caspar With the right set of router bits, a divided-light door is a lot easier to make than it looks. The key to success is simple: Measure and cut every single part first. To get you going on the right path,...

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Pedestal Picnic Table

Pedestal Picnic Table One day in the shop and you’re ready to party! By Jean Bartholome If you’re looking for a picnic table that’s simple to build but looks great on your deck or patio, here’s the design for you. Its pedestal support ensures that no one can complain about “having the leg.” The...

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Wooden Storm Door

Wooden Storm Door Versatile design keeps winter winds out and lets summer breezes in. by Tim Johnson A storm door doesn’t just keep out the wind and rain. It’s the focal point of your home’s entryway; the first thing guests see when they come to visit. An attractive and durable storm door is a...

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High Style, Low-Cost TV Cabinet

High-Style, Low-Cost TV Cabinet Simple joinery makes it fast – plywood makes it inexpensive. By Gary Wentz The striking style of this cabinet was inspired by visits to upscale furniture stores where we found similar pieces selling for $1,500 or more. But we designed this unit so you can build and finish it in...

Steam Bent Music Stand

Steam Bent Music Stand “Learning to bend wood with steam takes practice, just like playing an instrument.”  By Seth Keller Bending wood with steam always intrigued me, but I never tried it. The process seemed mysterious, complicated and maybe even dangerous. But one day a beat-up old music stand motivated me to give steam bending...

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown’s Parlor Table

The Unsinkable Molly Brown's Parlor Table This little charmer folds flat, then sets up in seconds. By Tim Johnson This table is an accurate reproduction of one purchased by Molly Brown and her husband in the late 1880s, when they were starting their family in the rough mining town of Leadville, Colorado. It easily...