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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Clear Spring School

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 1, 2011
    Clear Spring School Incorporating woodworking as a teaching tool for all grade levels. By David Radtke Making subject matter relevant to students is a challenge teachers face on a daily basis. One school with a unique approach to meeting this challenge...
  • Bowl Gauge Sharpening

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Do it by hand, just like you turn. by Alan Lacer How do you make a velvety smooth bowl with evenly thick walls and crisp details? Well, it’s not done by sanding the heck out of it. The secret is to use a bowl gouge that is properly shaped and very...
  • Tablesaw Storage Cabinet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 8, 2009
    All of your tablesaw accessories close at hand by Eric Smith The last time I could find them all, I counted 18 accessories for my tablesaw. Dado set, push sticks, throat plates, extra blades, miter gauges, tenoning jig, wrenches, etc.—they’re...
  • 7 Classic Ways to Store Clamps

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 2, 2009
    Conquer Your Clamp Conundrums with These Simple Solutions by Tim Johnson “You can’t have too many clamps,” a wise cabinetmaker once told me. That’s certainly true, but in a small shop, you can easily run out of room to store them...
  • 4 Handy Tablesaw Jigs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 26, 2009
    Unlock your saw's full potential. by Seth Keller The tablesaw’s power and precision put it at the center of everyone’s shop. Despite this honored position, a tablesaw is mostly used for mundane ripping tasks. To make better use of my tablesaw...
  • 15-Amp Router: Above-The-Table Adjustability

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    Typically, it’s difficult to use a plunge router in a router table. That’s because you often need to remove the router from the table in order to change bits. Setting the bit’s height requires fighting the plunge springs while pushing...
  • The Domino Effect - Fast, Easy and Strong

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    Festool has introduced a truly new joinery machine called the Domino. It looks and handles like a biscuit joiner, but the Domino uses an oscillating cutter to make oval-shaped mortises. A Domino tenon fits precisely into these mortises to join parts together...
  • Super Souped Up Bandsaw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    Grizzly has added some muscle to one of their best-selling 14-in. bandsaws and come up with the new model G0555X machine, $595. I like the large motor (1-1/2-hp, 15-amp), I like the built-in light, I like the tall resaw fence, but what I like most is...
  • Chairmaker's Delight

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    by Tom Caspar Imagine a spokeshave that never tears out the grain, no matter which direction you go, and you have the essence of this wonderful new tool, the Veritas Scraper Shave ($59). The Scraper Shave is a straight-handled spokeshave equipped with...
  • Digital Angle Gauge

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    by George Vondriska What woodworker hasn’t lamented over the protractors on table saws and miter saws? If you’ve been disappointed, Wixey can make your life a lot easier with its Digital Angle Gauge, $40. It takes the guesswork out of setting...
  • Tips For Using Shellac

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 2, 2009
    Tips for Using Shellac Make friends with this beautiful, versatile finish. By Mitch Kohanek Recently I was asked to judge a woodworking show. One of the best pieces was a wonderfully constructed grandfather clock. Unfortunately, a quick brushing of polyurethane...
  • Heavy Duty Folding Work Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, April 28, 2002
    by Tom Caspar Need more bench space? Who doesn’t? Here’s a terrific solution: a folding worktable that’s both big and strong. And we mean strong. You can set it up in only a minute and be ready for routing, sanding, planing—you...