Power Tools

Your Guide to Router Collets

How a Collet Works • A collet is the steel sleeve that holds a router bit in a router. The collet works with the router shaft (connected directly to the motor) and the collet nut.   • Collets are machined to perfectly mate with the tapered recess in the end of...

Decorative Carving

I’ve been making these wine bottle stoppers as gifts for the holiday season. They are a lot of fun to make on the lathe and it doesn’t take very long to knock a few of them out. I use an electric die grinder with a carbide bit for the decorative carving...

Soup Up Your Shop

Soup Up Your Shop The right accessories for maximizing your performance and safety. By Dave Munkittrick Here at American Woodworker we see a lot of tools and accessories.We’ve been impressed by how the right accessories—either store-bought or shop-made—can dramatically improve the performance, convenience and safety of shop tools. Most of us...

Stickley Bookcase

Stickley Bookcase How to build a strong bookcase without a back. By Laurie McKichan When I'm designing furniture, I often turn to the Arts and Crafts era for inspiration. I love this style. It’s simple, but elegant. When a client commissioned me to build a small bookcase, I knew exactly what...

Mission Bookstand

Mission Bookstand Display your scrapbooks, photo albums and woodworking skills. By Tom Caspar Woodworkers like to see how things work, right out in the open. We love looking at gears, levers and cams, and when it comes to furniture, there’s nothing more fascinating than exposed joints, like dovetails and wedged tenons....

New Tool News from the AWFS Show, Las Vegas

The 2011 AWFS Fair is underway in Las Vegas (the big show ends Saturday, July 23) and I’ve picked through the aisles looking for innovative new products. I’ve found several, so here’s a look at what’s coming from various manufacturers. Bosch Random-orbit Sander Kills Vibration I’ve known more than one woodworker...

Rockler Circle Cutting Jig

Rockler Circle Cutting Jig Affordable Rockler Circle Cutting Jig sets up in seconds, no math required. Cut flawless circles up to 52" in diameter. Rockler's new Circle Cutting Jig makes cutting circles and arcs easier and faster. While setup time with other jigs may require solving a few complicated math problems,...