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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Tips for Mastering Featherboards

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 15, 2008
    Tips for Mastering Featherboards Featherboards are like having an extra set of hands in the shop, going where no fıngers ever should. By Jock and Susan Holmen The featherboard gets its name from the rows of flexible “fingers” that act like...
  • Bandsaw Resawing

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Bandsaw Resawing Cut logs into lumber, make thin boards from thick and cut your own veneer. By George Vondriska Perhaps you want to cut 3/4-in.-thick material down to 3/8 in., or make veneer from that one precious figured board. Or maybe you want to get...
  • World’s Best Routing Guide

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 19, 2008
    World's Best Routing Guide This simple guide guarantees success whenever you need to make a straight routing pass. It's perfect for jointing a long edge or routing dadoes and grooves. You'll get smooth, chatter-free results, thanks to the...
  • Haunched Mortise & Tenon

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, November 1, 2007
    Haunched Mortise & Tenon 13 steps for making a super-strong joint. By Tom Caspar Of all the variations on the mortise and tenon joint, this is one of the best. The haunch – that short little stub tenon at the top of the joint – adds strength...
  • 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...
  • Working Alone with Plywood

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 19, 2010
    Working Alone with Plywood Tips for taming those awkward and heavy sheets. by Jean Bartholome Woodworking alone is peaceful, serene and quiet. Just you, the radio and your project. It’s also a pain in the posterior when you have to work with big...
  • Resawn-Veneer Top

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, December 10, 2010
    Resawn-Veneer Top Thick veneer and mitered edging make a top that last. By Tom Caspar Here’s one technique every budding furniture maker should know: how to make a framed top with thick, shop-made veneer. A mitered frame adds a polished, professional...
  • Oops! Biscuit Slots Refuse to Align

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 8, 2011
    Oops! Biscuit Slots Refuse to Align I was cutting slots for a long edge joint the other day, and everything was humming right along. But when I put the boards together, they didn’t line up worth a darn! Turns out I made a very simple mistake. All...
  • Oops! Router Bit Gouges Template

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 8, 2011
    Oops! Router Bit Gouges Template Here's an easy fix if you accidentally gouge your template with a router bit: Repair the damage with auto body filler. Generously apply filler to the damaged area. After it has hardened, rasp and sand the filler to...
  • Oops! Tongues Refuse to Fit Grooves

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 9, 2011
    Oops! Tongues Refuse to Fit Grooves I made this cool looking door panel by making cove cuts on my tablesaw. Cool looking, yes, but the tongue profiles swelled right at the end, so they wouldn't fit the grooves in the stiles and rails. Go figure. By...
  • 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...
  • Iron Out Those Dents

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 12, 2011
    Iron Out Those Dents Here’s a classic tip that everyone should know: It’s not hard to make a dent in wood and fortunately, it’s not hard to get one out, either. All you need is a household iron (don’t worry, it won’t get...
  • Accurize Your Tablesaw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    Accurize Your Tablesaw Super-tune your saw for absolutely straight, smooth and burn-free cuts. By Richard Tendick When my contractor’s saw was new, it cut perfectly. Over the years, it gradually went out of whack. I’ll show you what I did...
  • 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...
  • 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,...