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  • 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...
  • Install a Double-Screw Face Vise

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 22, 2011
    Install a Double-Screw Face Vise Two screws clamp better than one. By Steven Bunn A vise with two screws clamps chair seats and other large workpieces more effectively than a standard vise. Such pieces must be clamped on one side of a standard vise to...
  • AW Extra - Aged Cherry Finish

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, June 23, 2011
    Aged Cherry Finish Wipe on years of age in a few easy steps. By Tim Johnson If you want to make a woodworker gnash his teeth, ask him to make new cherry look like cherry that has aged naturally to a rich, brownish hue. Why is this challenge so agonizing...
  • Tips for Finishing Cherry

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 21, 2011
    Tips for Finishing Cherry Oil it, spray it, shellac it, or glaze it. This is how to make cherry look great. By Tim Johnson Cherry is gorgeous wood, but as you’ve probably discovered, it can be nasty to finish. Cherry boards come in all different...
  • AW Extra - Stronger Shelves

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 1, 2011
    Stronger Shelves Designing sag-proof shelves. By Tom Caspar Have you ever heard a shelf groan? Well, maybe not, but some shelves look like they would if they could. So much stuff gets piled on them that they end up sagging like a limp noodle. It’s...
  • The Top 10 Grouses of Woodworker Spouses

    by Tim Johnson     Thursday, May 5, 2011
    The Top 10 Grouses of Woodworker Spouses Woodworkers aren’t perfect housemates. We make lots of dust and noise and occupy a large amount of space. Actions that seem perfectly reasonable to us may be considered annoying habits by our companions....
  • Oops! Welded Router

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 30, 2011
    Welded Router OK, I admit it. I’m not the best at tool maintenance. The cord on my trusty old router was frayed down to the wires about 8" away from the motor housing, and occasionally it shorted out. But replacing the cord was too much trouble—if...
  • Oops! Rusty Shop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 29, 2011
    Rusty Shop Before leaving town for the weekend, I made room in my garage shop to stack the 500 bd. ft. of freshly cut red oak that I’d just acquired. I aimed a fan at the stack to help circulate the air, so the boards would dry evenly while I was...
  • Oops! Dust Storm Disaster

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 29, 2011
    Dust Storm Disaster After reading about the health hazards of microscopic dust particles, I decided to retrofit my old dust collector with a canister filter. This was its second upgrade: I’d already wired my collector to automatically start whenever...
  • Oops! Homesteader

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 29, 2011
    Oops! Homesteader While I was visiting my brother in Florida, he showed me his latest toy, a Wood-Mizer portable sawmill. A huge hickory log was mounted on the cutting platform. Sawdust puffed as the blade effortlessly sliced a 3" thick section from...
  • Oops! Flying Sawdust

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 29, 2011
    Oops! Flying Sawdust Last summer, due to the heat, I covered my portable saw with a canvas tarp and retreated to the cooler air inside my basement shop. The saw sat under the canvas for two months, until I needed to cut some boards that were too long...
  • 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...
  • 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! 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...
  • AW Extra 3/7/13 - Wedged Mortise & Tenon

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 8, 2009
    Wedged Mortise & Tenon This joint will never come loose! by Tom Caspar Tap, tap, tap. The wedges go home, the glue squeezes out and a big smile lights up your face. “This joint isn’t coming apart for a hundred years,” you say. “It’s...