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A large part of what makes woodworking such a rewarding activity is the wide variety of materials, techniques and tools that are available to work with. As the builder, you get to choose your challenges. Projects can be small or large, simple or sophisticated. Sometimes woodworking isn't even about the project; it's about the process. You may simply want to get better at a certain technique, or learn an entirely new one. Developing your skills is like adding a new tool to your shop—it's a great way to expand the kinds of projects you can tackle.
Providing information that helps you build your woodworking skills is what American Woodworker is all about. Page through this issue and you'll find a rich mixture of projects, tips, techniques and tool information.
Do you need something for your home? Check out the "12 Drawer Dresser" on page 44. Even if you don't need the dresser, you'll find a great technique for installing drawers that guarantees smooth, easy operation.
Want to hone your joinery skills? Then turn to the Build Your Studio section (page 35) for complete step-by-step directions on building frame and panel doors, using traditional mortise and tenon joinery.
Maybe you're searching for new jigs to use with your router. You'll find just such a handy jig on page 62 in "Routing for Oval Inlays." Once you learn about this technique, you'll be able to apply it to other types of inlays and projects.
If your shop time is limited, check out "Wooden Burr Puzzles" on page 57 and "Pizza Paddle" on page 66. Either project can easily be made in a weekend, using wood you probably have in your scrap pile. Yet both offer unique challenges and a chance to practice your jig-building and joint-cutting skills. The end products are useful too. The puzzles will keep your friends (or enemies) busy, and the pizza paddle will serve up your movie night pizzas in style.
In addition to these great projects and techniques, you'll also find the usual collection of wonderful Workshop Tips and Well-Equipped Shop tools. And of course, there's this issue's Great American Woodworker, Tim Coleman (page 24). For Tim, it's all about the details. And for American Woodworker, it's all about helping you build your skills. In this issue, like every issue, there's a lot to choose from. So take your pick and tell us what you think. We'd like to hear how we can make American Woodworker even better and more useful to you. Send your comments to AWEditor@AmericanWoodworker.com.
In closing, I wish you a great summer working in your shop. Stay cool and keep the chips flying.
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