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  • 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 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...
  • AW Extra 9/6/12 - Lock Miters

    by AW-Editor     Friday, December 12, 2008
    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...
  • AW Extra 2/28/13 - Tame Your Belt Sander

    by Tom Caspar     Sunday, February 22, 2009
    Tame Your Belt Sander Tips to help you gain confidence and get goof-proof results. By George Vondriska Does the prospect of using a belt sander make your palms sweat and your hands shake? I feel your pain. Belt sanders have a bad rap as the quickest way...
  • AW Extra 10/11/12 - 7 Trim Router Tips

    by Tom Caspar     Sunday, February 22, 2009
    7 Router Trim Tips Multiple bases make this compact router extremely versatile. By Randy Johnson Laminate trim routers are amazing little machines. Their light weight and compact size make them exceptionally easy to use. Although they are designed primarily...
  • 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 - 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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! 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! 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...