Author Archives: Tom Caspar

Tom’s Torsion Box Workbench

Tom’s Torsion Box Workbench This rock-solid workhorse is simply four easy-to-build 2×4-and-plywood boxes. By Tom Caspar Quick, cheap, solid. You can’t ask much more from a workbench, and this one delivers it all. Made of out nothing more than ordinary construction lumber, this durable, 250-lb.  heavyweight has all the features of...

Ted’s Altar 2

Drawings can only get you so far when you're designing a piece. Sometimes, when I'm stuck, I leave the drawing board and make full-size parts. Here's a sample joint I made before building Ted's Altar. To give you a sense of scale, the top piece is 1-1/2" thick. The stubby leg...

Ted’s Altar 1

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 small altar to honor his ministry....

AW Extra 2/28/13 – Tame Your Belt Sander

Tame Your Belt Sander Tips to help you gain confidence and get goof-proof results. By George Vondriska Does the prospect of using a belt sander make your palms sweat and your hands shake? I feel your pain. Belt sanders have a bad rap as the quickest way to ruin a project....

Custom Router Bits

  Q. Is it possible to get a custom-made router bit to match an old molding profile? A. Yes, it is! Andrews Toolworks is one company in the business of making one-of-a-kind carbide bits. Prices range from $155 to $300 for a single bit. So if you only have a few...

Wood Stabilizer Prevents Cracks

  Q. A recent storm left a large tree limb in our yard. I'd like to slice cross sections for plaques and trivets. How do I keep the slices from splitting as they dry? A. Pentacryl wood preservative is an excellent product made for this very purpose. A slice of wood...

Tile Board Drawing Pad

          While working on a project, I used to draw sketches, keep notes and record shopping lists on writing pads. Unfortunately, they always got lost.     Then I discovered tile board at my local home center. Designed for bath and shower enclosures, the 1/8-in.-thick tile board...

AW Extra 10/11/12 – 7 Trim Router Tips

7 Router Trim Tips Multiple bases make this compact router extremely versatile. By Randy Johnson Laminate trim routers are amazing little machines. Their light weight and compact size make them exceptionally easy to use. Although they are designed primarily for trimming plastic laminate (p-lam), they also work great for light-duty wood...

Shop Plan Protector

          I like to work from plans, but paper is hard to protect in a workshop. My plans often become so torn, crumpled and soiled that they’re impossible to read when I need them the most.    Recently I discovered view binders—notebooks with clear sleeves on the...