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  • AW Extra 1/3/13 - 12 Techniques for Successful Gluing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 16, 2009
    12 Techniques for Successful Gluing By Tom Caspar Do a dry fit Clamp your pieces without glue to make sure the joints come together tightly. This step also serves as a test for your choice of clamps and blocks. Here, a dry run revealed that I need wedge...
  • Oops! Super Glued

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, September 26, 2011
    Super Glued By Jim McMichael After making a small repair with super glue, I put the tube in my pocket and forgot about it. Later, when I saw the tube’s cap sitting on my workbench, I instinctively reached into my pocket— and discovered that...
  • AW Extra 11/14/13 - Working with Melamine

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    Working with Melamine It’s dirt cheap, it’s practical, and best of all, there’s no sanding and finishing! By Dave Munkittrick Melamine is the professional cabinetmaker’s best friend. Build a cabinet with it and you have a complete...
  • AW Extra 1/23/14 - Glue & Clamps

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    Glue & Clamps A dry run is the key to a hassle-free glue-up. By Ian Kirby Everything looked good, until you added glue and clamps. Then the wood began to slip and slide, you scrambled for scrap blocks and more clamps. The glue ran before it grabbed...
  • 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...