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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Behind the Stairs Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 15, 2010
    In my basement shop every square inch counts! Out of necessity I found a wealth of unused space tucked right under my nose,or should I say feet.That awkward space under the basement steps can easily be turned into a set of deep shelves perfect for storing...
  • Mahogany and Its Look-Alikes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, January 29, 2010
    Stunning grain. Huge boards. Highly rot resistant. A dream (or a nightmare) to work. What one wood fits this bill? Mahogany, of course. by Tom Caspar Even the plainest mahogany boards are quite beautiful, because the color is usually a deep, rich coppery...
  • Wood Stabilizer Prevents Cracks

    by Tim Johnson     Tuesday, February 24, 2009
    Q. A recent storm left a large tree limb in our yard. I'd like to slice cross sections for plaques and trivets. How do I keep the slices from splitting as they dry? A. Pentacryl wood preservative is an excellent product made for this very purpose...
  • How to Deal with Knots

    by Tim Johnson     Tuesday, February 24, 2009
    Knots are usually considered defects in wood. They're cut out of boards and thrown on a scrap heap. But take a closer look at a knot. In a hardwood, it's surrounded by stunning grain. Why not make it the focal point of your next project? The best...
  • Ipe: Wood—or Metal?

    by Tim Johnson     Tuesday, February 24, 2009
    Ipe (pronounced E-pay) is a South American wood as exotic as its name. When you hold a piece, you know it's something special. Ipe sinks in water like cast iron, is hard as nails and polishes like brass. Of course, you don't really have to weld...
  • Using Melamine

    by Tom Caspar     Friday, February 20, 2009
    Melamine is the professional cabinetmaker's best friend. Build a cabinet with it and you have a complete, durable interior that requires no sanding (yes!) and no finishing (oh, yeah!). Pros often build whole kitchens out of melamine and then dress...
  • MDF and Particleboard

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    How two versatile woods can be both a blessing and a curse. by Karen Nakamura Cheap, plain and definitely not wood. That’s how many woodworkers describe particleboard and MDF (medium-density fiberboard), but think these words instead: inexpensive...