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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - Dust-Collection Upgrade

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 5, 2012
    Dust-Collection Upgrade Most router tables need better dust collection. They usually have a port on the fence, but that’s only half the battle. What about all the dust that’s thrown below the table? Rockler has an answer—actually, two...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Well-Equipped Shop - No-Math Dado Setup

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, September 17, 2012
    No-Math Dado Setup In-between size dadoes are much easier to set up using this go/no-go gauge from Infinity. Usually you have to make a lot of trial-and-error cuts to create a tight groove for an in-between piece of wood, such as an undersized piece of...
  • 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...
  • Super-Size Disc Sander

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 18, 2013
    Super-Size Disc Sander A 15" disc sander like the new 15-205 from General International, is a great addition to any shop if you’ve got room on the floor and in your budget. There was a time when every patternmaker’s shop had a large sander...
  • Drum Roll, Please

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    Drum Roll, Please By Brad Holden Drum sanders for small shops have been available for quite a few years now, but it’s been a long time since any of them have been improved in any significant way. The engineering team that first brought the Performax...