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  • Friday at Brad's Bench May 30th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, May 30, 2014
    Reclaimed Lumber Back at the beginning of April I wrote about some household items I made using leftovers from a commissioned project. Well, I thought I'd show you the original project. It's actually two pieces - two ridiculously heavy conference...
  • Friday at Brad's Bench May 23rd

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, May 23, 2014
    Let the Boxes Begin A couple weeks ago I wrote about some teak that I salvaged from an old Adirondack chair. I started a project with it today; a long, slender dovetailed box with a sliding lid. I'm a big fan of boxes; particularly boxes with sliding...
  • Friday at Brad's Bench May 16th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, May 16, 2014
    You Want Me To Help You Make a What? If you have kids in school, you're well aware of the fact that you'll be pressed into service to help make art projects countless times. For me, it's always fun because it's a chance to hang around...
  • Friday at Brad's Bench May 9th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, May 9, 2014
    A Little Bit of Buried Treasure A friend of mine had an old two-seater Adirondack chair that she figured was rotting and ready for the landfill. But she liked it so much, that she asked me to copy it for her, but build it using composite decking material...
  • Friday at Brad's Bench May 2nd

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, May 2, 2014
    Cordless Jointer. Yup, it's late. But it's still Friday. It's been a whirlwind of a week. While working on a project today, I got to use one of my favorite techniques. Most seasoned woodworkers are well aware of this one, but not everyone...
  • Friday at Brad's Bench April 25th

    by AW Editor Brad Holden     Friday, April 25, 2014
    Not Exactly At The Bench Browsing my local Woodcraft supply store today. Turns out they're now distributing Shapton sharpening products. If you're not familiar with them, they are the cream of the crop ceramic stones. I was drooling over their...
  • 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...
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