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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...