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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Black & Decker's new 8V MAX* Impact Screwdriver

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, April 11, 2014
    Black & Decker's new 8V MAX* Impact Screwdriver Black & Decker’s new 8V Max* Impact Screwdriver will make a powerful impact this fall, boasting up to 10X more speed+ and 2X max torque++. The top two complaints involving screwdrivers...
  • Rockler Liberon Shellac Flakes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    Shellac is back in abundant supply at Rockler Three new varieties mark the end of recent shellac shortage. After experiencing several years of weather-related shortages of the raw material used to make shellac, supplies are making a comeback, and Rockler...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Soup Up Your Shop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    Soup Up Your Shop The right accessories for maximizing your performance and safety. By Dave Munkittrick Here at American Woodworker we see a lot of tools and accessories.We’ve been impressed by how the right accessories—either store-bought...
  • Essential Tablesaw Blades

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, November 6, 2013
    Essential Tablesaw Blades Choose complementary blades for perfect results By Tim Johnson In the dark ages of woodworking, before carbide, you never used the same blade for ripping and crosscutting. Cutting plywood required yet another blade. Today, hybrid...
  • Precision Trimming Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, August 5, 2013
    Precision Trimming Jig Make perfectly flush joints on large pieces of edged plywood with this portable jig. Glue on your edging so it’s anywhere from 1/16-in. to 1/8-in. proud of the plywood. (You don’t have to be fussy because a router will...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Blade Caddy

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, April 26, 2013
    Blade Caddy Here’s a handy tote for scrollsaw blades that I fashioned from a scrap of 2x6, a piece of plywood, and two Peg-Board multiple-tool holders. I cut the curved tips off the multiple-tool holders with a hacksaw so they would sit flat against...
  • 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...
  • All About Vises

    by woodworkerBryan     Friday, March 1, 2013
    All About Vises Add clamping power to your workbench. By Randy Johnson and Tom Caspar A good vise is tool money well spent. It’s a solid investment in your workbench that pays off every time you need to hold a piece of wood. Two Types of Vises Everybody’s...
  • Adjustable Tongue-and-Groove Set

    by woodworkerBryan     Thursday, February 14, 2013
    Adjustable Tongue-and-Groove Set Lots of tongue-and-groove router bit sets are designed for 3/4-in. material. They cut 1/4-in. tongues and 1/4-in. grooves. A new bit set from Freud ($70) is adjustable. So why is this a big deal? Adjustability means you...
  • 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...
  • Laser Woodworking

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 4, 2012
    Laser Woodworking A pioneering craft for the 21st Century. By Andrew Zoellner Each generation, a new technology in woodworking enables us to work faster, with more precision and more creativity. Carbide-tipped bits and a whole new set of portable power...