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  • Backyard Sawmill

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 15, 2011
    Backyard Sawmills We all love wood, whether it's a wide clear board or a gnarly slab with wild grain. That's why sawing our own lumber crosses the minds of most woodworkers. It might be inspired by the sight of a big tree blown down by a storm...
  • 4 Hand Tools for Stringing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, March 2, 2014
    4 Hand Tools for Stringing Find out more about using hand tools to make stringing inlay. Stringing reached its peak as an art form way back in the late 18th century, long before power tools. In those days, both the grooves and the strips were made by...
  • 14 Great Little Tools

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 2, 2013
    14 Great Little Tools Time-tested and woodworker-approved, here are some of our favorite workaday tools By George Vondriska “What tools do I need for my shop?” This has to be one of the most common question in woodworking. The answer usually...
  • Premium Blade Set

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 20, 2011
    Premium Blade Set Upgrading a blade and chipbreaker can turn a pretty good plane into a dream tool. If you’ve been thinking about buying a premium plane, here’s an alternative plan: Get an old Stanley, tune it up, and replace its blade and...
  • Rockler Bottle Opener Turning Kit

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, July 11, 2012
    Rockler Bottle Opener Turning Kit Rockler pops the top on new bottle opener kit. Chrome-plated hardware fits any size or style turned handle. Form meets function with Rockler Woodworking and Hardware's new Bottle Opener Turning Kit. Designed to complement...
  • Mortise and Tenon Joinery – Using Only a Hand Drill!

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, July 10, 2013
    Mortise and Tenon Joinery – Using Only a Hand Drill! Mortise and tenon joints are the gold standard for strength. Usually, mortises are cut by hand or made on a mortising machine. Two jigs by beadLOCK make this much simpler and less expensive: all...
  • Glove Finger Chisel Protectors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 5, 2013
    Glove Finger Chisel Protectors My chisels used to get dull and rusty rattling around in my toolbox. No more! I found a clever way to protect them. I cut the fingers off some old leather work gloves.Then I poked holes with an awl and threaded a drawstring...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - Bits for Impact Drivers

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, October 5, 2012
    Bits for Impact Drivers The best tool for tough screwing jobs is an impact driver. It has much more torque than the average cordless drill/driver. The next time you want to run screws into a piece of hardwood without drilling pilot holes, as when fastening...
  • Q & A: Restoring a Blued Chisel

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 3, 2013
    Q & A: Restoring a Blued Chisel Q: The first thing I did with my new grinder was to blue the edge of a chisel. Is there anything I can do to save it? A: Most woodworkers have faced this problem at some point. The only practical solution is to remove...
  • Multipurpose Clamp Aids

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, May 31, 2013
    Multipurpose Clamp Aids By Brad Holden The "universal clamping block" really lives up to its name. It’s just a flat aluminum bar with a loop on one end, yet it can be used to clamp a mitered frame, a workpiece on a drill press, the sides...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - High-Tech Handsaws

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 19, 2012
    High-Tech Handsaws Unplug the machines, relax and get ready for a good time with one of the oldest woodworking tools around: the handsaw. It’s just you, the saw and the wood. Of course, you’ll want a tool that is comfortable, well-balanced...
  • Q & A: Low-Angle Planes Provide Versatility

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 21, 2013
    Q & A: Low-Angle Planes Provide Versatility Q: What advantage does a low-angle bench plane have over a standard bench plane? A: Low-angle bench planes allow you to change the blade’s effective cutting angle to suit specific tasks. Because the...
  • Waterstones

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    Waterstones Hone an incredibly sharp edge with a $35 combo stone. By Tom Caspar For this woodworker, it doesn’t get any better than using a sharp hand tool. Not just kind of sharp, the way new tools come out of the box. I mean really, really sharp...
  • Snap-On Soft Jaws

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 21, 2013
    Snap-On Soft Jaws I’ve been using an old metal-working vise in my shop for years. Occasionally I really do need a metal-working vise, but most often I use it to hold drawer sides up high when cutting dovetails. Unfortunately the metal jaws can be...