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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Friday at Brad's Bench April 18th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, April 18, 2014
    The Right Boards I've been planning out a bowfront wall cabinet with coopered doors for a few months. Originally, I was set on making it of walnut or cherry – two of my favorite woods to work with because they're very hand-tool friendly...
  • Friday at Brad's Bench

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, April 11, 2014
    The farm where I grew up is thick with old white oak trees. A few years ago, we took down one of them that had been threatening to fall on the machine shed. It had been standing dead for a number of years, so we thought it would be excellent firewood...
  • Friday at Brad's Bench

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, April 4, 2014
    Making a change to my blog posts. Instead of posting old tips from the American Woodworker archives, I'll be posting a wide variety of stuff, including projects on which I'm working, new tools that I'm putting through their paces, or maybe...
  • Friday's Tip for March 28th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, March 28, 2014
    Cutting Multiple Parts One day my wife asked me if I would make her 58 shields for awards day at her school. Usually when I cut multiples on my scrollsaw I tape or screw the parts. This time I hot-melt glued them together. It not only worked great, but...
  • Friday's Tip for March 21st

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, March 21, 2014
    Alright, this one's actually from our old Question & Answer department. Clean Up Squeeze Out Q. I saw one of those woodworking wizards on television the other day. As I watched the guy build a three-day project in 30 minutes, I noticed he washed...
  • Festool Connect in Providence, RI

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    Here's how to stay tuned to all the action on Thursday, March 20th!
  • Friday's Tip for March 14th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Saturday, March 15, 2014
    Retractable Chuck Key After losing three chuck keys I attached the fourth to a plain, old retractable key chain. Now I don't have to turn my shop inside out looking for my chuck key because it'salways within easy reach. I truned the holder upside...
  • Friday's Tip for March 7th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, March 7, 2014
    Versatile Center Gauge I wanted to add accent dowel "dots" down the center of some slightly curved, tapered table legs. Sounds simple, but I nearly pulled my hair out trying to accurately find the center of these legs using a ruler! I was about...
  • Friday's Tip for February 28th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, February 28, 2014
    No-Hassle Filter Cleaning My air filter works great and sure makes my shop a cleaner and healthier place to work. But cleaning the pleated filter was always a problem. Blowing or shaking it out just made a big mess. I tried vacuuming it but my vacuum...
  • Friday's Tip for February 21st

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, February 21, 2014
    Knot-Free Planing I use a lot of #2 pine boards, but when I plane them, the knots often nick my knives. I found a way to prevent this by cutting out the knots before I plane. Because most of my projects require only short pieces, this works fine and my...
  • Friday's Tip for February 14th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, February 14, 2014
    Stable Roller Stand I bought a roller stand to support my lumber when sawing. It worked okay, but sometimes the rear leg would fold up and the stand would collapse. This was very annoying. I fixed it by adding some plastic cable ties at the top and bottom...
  • Friday's Tip for February 7th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, February 7, 2014
    Flip-Top Sawhorses I got tired of rummaging around for a blanket or anything soft to lay my finished projects on, so I rigged up these simple carpet caps that fit on top of my sawhorses. They just flip out of the way when I'm back to rough work. James...
  • Friday's Tip for January 31st

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, January 31, 2014
    Photo 1 Photo 2 3A 3 B 3 C Spacious Drill Press Table I built this auxiliary drill press table to give me the extra support and room I need when drilling cabinet doors and sides. The core is MDF but particle board would also work fine. I edged my table...
  • Friday's Tip for January 24th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, January 24, 2014
    Plane Stand Every so often I need to plane down a piece of wood that is too small for my jointer. To handle these small jobs, I devised a stand for my No. 5 Stanley jack plane. The plane rests upside down on two wood blocks that fit up between the ridges...
  • Friday's Tip for January 17th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, January 17, 2014
    Behind the Stairs Storage In my basement shop every square inch counts! Out of necessity I found a wealth of unused space tucked right under my nose, or should I say feet. That awkward space under the basement steps can easily be turned into a set of...