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Winter 2013-2014

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Woodworking Techniques

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  • Hot Pipe Bending

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 21, 2014
    Hot Pipe Bending Shape wood with a propane torch. By Garrett Glaser Here's a simple, but effective way to bend thin stock (1/4" thick or less). The only tools you need are a length of 1-1/2" galvanized pipe, a propane torch, a jig to hold...
  • Thermally Modified Wood

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    Thermally Modified Wood A remarkable drying process gives wood a new character. By Chad Stanton Some day, you'll be able to build an outdoor project with a new kind of wood, grown right here in America, which resists decay, stays absolutely flat and...
  • Make Quartersawn Picture Frame Stock

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 5, 2014
    Make Quartersawn Picture Frame Stock If you’ve got some spare 8/4 (2-in.) lumber lying around your shop, it’s easy to transform it into stunning quartersawn wood for your picture frame. Quartersawn figure in almost every wood is really something...
  • Coved Doors on the Tablesaw

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, February 20, 2014
    Coved Doors on the Tablesaw Make beautiful raised panels without a router table and expensive bits. By George Vondriska The tool of choice for most small-shop woodworkers who want to make raised panels is the router: A large one, generally 3 hp,hung in...
  • Foolproof Scraper Sharpening

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    Foolproof Scraper Sharpening Make shavings like a pro with our new sharpening method. By Tom Caspar Scraping is quiet and efficient. It’s perfect for removing milling marks and shallow tear-out. I couldn’t believe my eyes the first time I...
  • Bleaching Wood

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 11, 2014
    Bleaching Wood Subtract color to add life By Michael Dresdner There are four types of bleach that woodworkers commonly use: chlorine, two-part wood bleach, oxalic acid and peroxide. Two-part bleach changes the actual color of wood and the other three...
  • Lock Miters

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, February 5, 2014
    Lock Miters This simple set-up process guarantees perfect joints! By George Vondriska Lock miters are strong, attractive joints that make assembly easy. So why the heck don’t we use lock miters more? I think it’s because they can be a pain...
  • Make Poplar Look Pretty

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, May 24, 2012
    Make Poplar Look Pretty Give this useful but unattractive wood a makeover. By Kevin Southwick The wood we know as poplar has many common names, such as tulip poplar, yellow poplar, tulipwood, yellow tulipwood, tulip tree, whitewood and canoewood. The...
  • Turning Wood: Socket Chisel Handles

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, April 27, 2012
    Turning Wood: Socket Chisel Handles Here’s a 1-2-3 system for getting a perfect fit. By Tim Heil High-quality socket chisels— such as the Stanley Sweathearts and Lie- Nielsens—are making a big comeback. Why would these companies choose...
  • Chemical Ebonizing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 10, 2012
    Chemical Ebonizing A sure-fire recipe for turning any wood deep black. By Richard Tendick Remember the old slogan, “better living through chemistry”? When it comes to turning wood black—a process called ebonizing—I prefer the...
  • Spalted Wood

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 10, 2012
    Spalted Wood By Alan Lacer When wood is captured somewhere between the extremes of being completely sound and fully rotten, it can display magnificent beauty. The discoloration, prominent black lines and changes in texture that occur during the decaying...
  • Making Cathedral Doors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 14, 2012
    Making Cathedral Doors A time-tested recipe for making beautiful cathedral raised-panel doors. By George Vondriska Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . Cathedral raised-panel doors are beautiful, but...
  • Curved Corner Edging

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 10, 2012
    Curved Corner Edging 3 templates produce a flawless round-cornered solid-wood border on a veneer top By Jon Stumbras Have you ever marveled at large, expensive conference tables with thick, solid edging and curved corners? The center of the table is...
  • Tablesawn Circles

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 3, 2012
    Tablesawn Circles Saw round tabletops with a simple shop-made jig. By Tim Johnson It’s easy to cut perfectly round tabletops of almost any size on your tablesaw. All it takes is a simple jig (Fig. A., below) and careful setup. With this method,...
  • Soup Up Your Shop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    Soup Up Your Shop The right accessories for maximizing your performance and safety. By Dave Munkittrick Here at American Woodworker we see a lot of tools and accessories.We’ve been impressed by how the right accessories—either store-bought...