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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Template Routing Tips

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, July 9, 2008
    Template Routing Tips By Randy Johnson If you want to get the most from your router, you need to master template routing. Once you learn the basics you can spend a lifetime exploring its many possibilities. You’ll be able to build more kinds of...
  • 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...
  • 10 Tips for Perfect Miter Joints

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, September 2, 2008
    10 Tips for Perfect Miter Joints Make Micro Adjustments with a Disc Sander No tool can tweak a miter's fit as easily as a disc sander can. You can shorten the workpiece a hair with a quick touch of the disc. You can also adjust the angle by a fraction...
  • Knots

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, January 8, 2010
    Knots Knotty boards are beautiful, yet frustrating! Here's how to get the most out of them. by Tom Caspar 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 4 Tips for Dovetailing by Hand

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, February 19, 2008
    4 Tips for Dovetailing by Hand By Frank Klausz 1. Cut by Eye When dovetailing by hand , be bold. Don’t bother with a try square or sliding bevel. After gauging a thickness line across the board, lay out the pins with your saw as you make each cut...