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  • Butterfly Inlay

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, April 10, 2014
    Butterfly Inlay Make a perfect fit with a shop-made template. By Tom Caspar Don’t you just love it when something that looks extremely difficult turns out to be oh-so easy? Making butterfly inlay with a plunge router is a good example. The technique...
  • AW Extra 1/2/14 - Beautiful Boulle Work

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 31, 2013
    Beautiful Boulle Work A masterpiece of inlaid intricacy begins with a sandwich of brass, sheet, wood veneer and waxed paper. By Silas Kopf “Plus c’a change, plus c’est la même chose.” This centuries-old French expression...
  • Restore an Antique Oak Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 19, 2011
    Restore an Antique Oak Table Thoughtful finishing and new leaves prepare this classic for the next 100 years. By Kevin Southwick Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . This old table looks like a prime...
  • Stronger Shelves

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 15, 2011
    Stronger Shelves Designing sag-proof shelves. By Tom Caspar Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . Have you ever heard a shelf groan? Well, maybe not, but some shelves look like they would if they could...
  • How to Make Through Dovetails

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 21, 2011
    How to Make Through Dovetails By Mario Rodriguez A blanket chest is the perfect project to further develop—or test—your dovetailing skills. You'll find the complete plans for this chest in AW #157, December/January 2012. In that article...
  • Traditional Woven Chair Seats

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 26, 2011
    Weave Traditional Chair Seats Traditional techniques and modern materials produce attractive, durable results. by Tim Johnson Visit any antique or second-hand furniture store and you’ll find great old chairs—such as these solid cherry ladderbacks—that...
  • AW Extra 6/6/13 - Greene and Greene Furniture Details

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, October 24, 2010
    Greene and Greene Furniture Details An expert woodworker talks about what really gets him excited. By Darrell Peart One of my first trips to see firsthand the furniture of Charles and Henry Greene, two early 20th century architects from Pasadena, California...
  • AW Extra 2/14/13 - Drawer Slides

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 26, 2009
    Drawer Slides Nine Models for Nine Situations By Brad Holden Open the drawer of a well-made modern cabinet. How do the slides feel? They should be effortless, smooth and precise. You have more than a dozen types of slides from which to choose. For that...
  • Fast Furniture Fixes

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Furniture Repair Tips Tricks for taking it apart and getting it back together. by Mac Wentz Major furniture repair often involves disassembling the piece and putting it back together. Sounds simple enough: knock things apart and glue them back together...