woodworking Projects

AW Extra 7/10/14 – Shop-Built 3-Jaw-Chuck

Shop-Built 3-Jaw-Chuck A cheap, effective turning tool.   Three-jaw lathe chucks are virtually indispensable for a turner, yet the cost of buying one can be prohibitive. Three-jaw chucks are useful when turning small pieces at low speed, and permit multi-axis turning. This shop-made chuck can be made from scraps of maple and a few...

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AW Extra 6/26/14 – Tambour Doors

Tambour Doors Disappearing doors hide your clutter and show off your skill. Tambour doors are a bit of woodworking sleight of hand. Now you see them, now you don’t. Fun to open and fun to close, tambours invite you to play with your furniture. Designing a tambour can be fun, too, because you’ll have...

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Dovetailer’s Dream Vise

Dovetailer’s Dream Vise Treat yourself to the secure, even grip that’s essential for precision work. By Brad Holden Cutting dovetails by hand is satisfying and rewarding work, but securing the boards for sawing and chopping is anything but. Face vises typically don’t grip boards firmly enough for sawing, because they rack. The solution—adding a...

Hexagonal Pen

Hexagonal Pen Create geometric shapes with your router and a shopmade jig. By Charles Mak You can make attractive wooden pens without a lathe. All you need is a plunge router and a shop-made jig. The jig takes a while to build—certainly longer than it takes to rout a pen with it. But once...

Desktop File Holder

Desktop File Holder   A desktop file holder is a great office accessory. It provides easy and immediate access to the files you’re currently working with so you don’t wear a path between your desk and your file cabinet. Our desktop file holder is strong, portable and a snap to make.The only technique that...

Tablesaw Extension

Tablesaw Extension Make wide cuts in a small shop. By Roy Smith There’s not enough room in my garage shop for a tablesaw with a 52-in.-capacity rip fence. But no worries—I don’t need one! To make wide cuts, I simply install a shop-made extension that bridges my saw to the wall—and doubles its 30-in....

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AW Extra 6/12/14 – Photo Album

Photo Album By Dave Munkittrick   Do you have a pile of photos waiting to be put in an album? We all do. That’s why you can’t go wrong making these distinctive photo albums for yourself or as gifts. Figured wood makes an attractive cover.The first album in the photo was made from a...

AW Extra 6/5/14 – Air Scrubber Trio

Air Scrubber Trio Three shop-made machines that clear the air. By Ed Krause   Dust haze.Even if you have a dust collection system you’ve probably found yourself in the middle of it. This fine dust settles onto all the surfaces of your shop where it is a fire hazard (as well as a nuisance)...