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  • Moisture Meters

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, November 2, 2011
    Moisture Meters By Dave Munkittrick Think of a moisture meter as cheap insurance. Spend $70 and you’ll never have to wonder whether that lumber you bought is too wet or too dry. You can tell if the “kiln-dried” pine you bought from the...
  • Premium Resaw Bandsaw Blades

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 19, 2010
    Straight-cutting blades that won't let you down. by Dave Munkittrick A bandsaw is an amazing machine. It’s capable of making extremely precise cuts; from slicing sheets of thin veneer to cutting intricate curves. Yet many of us think of our...
  • Forstner Bits

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 14, 2009
    A Forstner Bit can drill holes other bits only dream about. by Bruce Kieffer Forstner-style bits can go where no other drill bits dare. The reason is simple: A Forstner bit is rim-guided while other bits are center-point guided. That means you can use...
  • 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...
  • How to Buy a Bandsaw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 5, 2013
    How to Buy a Bandsaw This workhorse is one of the four basic stationary tools in most shops, and can greatly expand the kinds of projects you can build. A bandsaw can rip, crosscut, resaw and handle curves, angles and compound cuts. This workhorse is...
  • Slow-Speed Grinders

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, August 8, 2010
    These 10 machines are designed to save your tools from overheating: Do they measure up? by Tom Caspar and Jason McNellis If you love hand tools, chances are you’ll need a grinder. When a blade becomes very dull, chipped or nicked, grinding is the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Veritas Planes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 3, 2010
    A great value in premium hand tools by Tom Caspar “I’m really getting the itch to use good hand tools, so what kind of plane should I buy?” I’ve answered that question for years by urging students in my Unplugged Woodshop class...
  • 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...
  • Troubleshoot Your Plane

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 16, 2010
    Troubleshoot Your Plane Practical Solutions to 6 Common Problems by Tom Caspar When a plane is working right, it can produce a silky-smooth surface that absolutely glistens. When it doesn’t work, you get an ugly surface covered with blemishes. The...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tune Your Bandsaw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 15, 2011
    Tune Your Bandsaw 6 adjustments deliver professional results. By Mark Duginske Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . I love bandsaws, even though they have a reputation as troublesome tools. I suppose...
  • General International's 50-SLT40P Excalibur 48” sliding table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, June 24, 2011
    General International's 50-SLT40P Excalibur 48” sliding table Like its predecessors, the new 50-SLT40P is designed to fit on virtually any right or left-tilt table saw. This model has been redesigned and re-engineered based on almost 2 decades...