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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 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...
  • Convenient Benchtop Protection

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    My workbench is beautiful and I want to keep it that way, so I cover the top with builder's paper ($7/140-ft. roll at my local home center) whenever I'm gluing or staining. But the heavy roll was hard to handle and a nuisance to store until I...
  • Dry Lubricant for Woodworking Machines

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    Forget the gym—I've been getting a workout from raising and lowering the blade on my tablesaw. Years of dust and the inherent friction between cast-iron parts made adjustments a real drag. ProGold's PG2000, $7 for 12 oz., rescued me and...