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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Flattening End Grain with a Router

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    My favorite woodworking projects are clocks—big ones or little ones. If it ticks, I’ll make it. My latest venture provided me with the challenge of flattening the face of some log sections that I wanted to make into clocks. Belt sanding was...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Big-Featured, Low-Priced Tablesaws

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    Model 22124, $950 • 1-3/4-hp 120/240-volt motor. 30-in. rip capacity to the right of the blade. • Cast-iron side tables and folding outfeed table. • 4-in. miter gauge fence extension. • Beisemeyer rip fence. Craftsman started from...
  • Fresh Wood 2007

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, August 29, 2007
    Fresh Wood , an industry-sponsored student woodworking competition, was held July 18-21, 2007 during the Association of Woodworking & Suppliers Fair (AWFS) in Las Vegas. The competition drew 210 entries in six categories. Fifty-eight students made...