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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Super-Tune Your Tools with a Dial Indicator

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, January 10, 2014
    Super-Tune Your Tools with a Dial Indicator By George Vondriska Machinists use a simple measuring device called a dial indicator for setting up metalworking equipment. It works great in the woodshop, too, though for woodworking, you don't need a real...
  • Is Your Miter Saw Square?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 19, 2013
    Question & Answer Is your miter saw square? Q. I want to adjust my miter saw so it’s dead-on accurate, but I don’t have a fancy square. How do I do it? A. Use an old woodworker’s trick: set up your saw as close as you can with whatever...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • $100 Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 16, 2013
    $100 Router Table As easy to use as it is to build. By Bill Hylton Sometimes, less really is more. Take router tables for instance. It's not at all difficult to ring up a big tab for a manufactured router table, complete with a new router, loaded...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...