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AW Extra - 4 Ways to Be a Hero

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March 24, 2011
Today in AW Extra:

Heroic Act #1: Build a Genuine Heirloom

You've got the tools and the know-how, so why not go for broke—build an outstanding piece of furniture. This grand walnut bookcase conjures up images of an early 20th-century lawyer’s office, but it's designed for a modern cabinetmaker, with modular construction, biscuit joinery, full-extension drawer slides and easy-to-install wrap-around hinges.

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Heroic Act #2: Help a Fellow Woodworker

Answering questions posed on the AW Forums is a great way to share your knowledge and experience with other woodworkers. For example, if you're a tool auction fanatic or an expert on used woodworking machinery, Rich1868 could use your advice. He's looking for tips on buying tools from auctions. Elijah is trying to figure out how to remove fungus from wild cherry and Cigar364 would like to hear from other woodworkers about making dovetails with the Incra Jig. When you visit each forum post, just click on "Reply" to post your answer. If you aren't already an AW community member, it's easy to register and join today.

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Heroic Act #3: Master a Difficult Joint

A wedged mortise and tenon joint looks rather plain, but its hidden structure can make it last for 100 years or more. To those in the know, this joint says, “A skilled craftsman made this.” Master it and take a giant step towards becoming an accomplished woodworker.

 

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Heroic Act #4: Man Up!

Being able to say, “I built that myself” is one of woodworking's major attractions. This statement is about mastering skills and techniques, but it’s also about independence—the satisfaction that comes from working alone. Woodworking is loaded with situations in which a little ingenuity can replace a call for help. So put down the phone and read on!

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Start Planning Your Spring Projects!

The American Woodworker Bookstore has everything you need to start spring projects, from bookshelves and keepsake boxes to nesting trays and coffee tables. For just $3.99 you’ll get complete how-to instructions for an enjoyable woodworking project. Be sure to check back each week, as new projects and plans will be added throughout the spring season. Shop Now!

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