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  • AW Extra 9/27/12 - 5 Router Jigs

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    5 Router Jigs Improve your accuracy and control. By Bill Hylton Why buy a commercial jig when making one yourself will triple your enjoyment? First, you’ll experience the joy of building a useful shop fixture from nothing more than some scrap wood...
  • AW Extra 12/13/12 - Tenoning Jigs

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Tenoning Jigs By Tom Caspar Tenoning jigs make the complicated world of mortise-and-tenon joinery a lot simpler. I’ve used a homemade wooden jig for years. I stand a rail upright on the tablesaw and clamp it to a tall box that slides on my fence...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 12/6/12 - Making Lipped Drawers With A Dovetail Jig

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Making Lipped Drawers With A Dovetail Jig By Tom Caspar You can do more with your half-blind dovetail jig than meets the eye. You’ve probably used it to make drawers with plain, inset fronts, but it’s really quite simple to make lipped drawer...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 2/13/14 - Bandsaw Jigs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 11, 2014
    Bandsaw Jigs By George Vandriska Your bandsaw is one of the most versatile tools in your shop. These five jigs and techniques will help you handle some unusual situations. Cutting Multiples Click any image to view a larger version. If you need to make...
  • AW Extra 5/24/12 - Super-Tune Your Tools with a Dial Indicator

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 15, 2008
    Super-Tune Your Tools with a Dial Indicator By George Vondriska Machinists use a simple measuring device called a dial indicator for setting up metalworking equipment. It works great in the woodshop, too, though for woodworking, you don't need a real...
  • Making Lipped Drawers with a Dovetail Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 25, 2012
    Making Lipped Drawers with a Dovetail Jig By Tom Caspar Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . You can do more with your half-blind dovetail jig than meets the eye. You’ve probably used it to make...
  • Adjustable Circle-Cutting Jig

    by woodworkerBryan     Monday, March 4, 2013
    Adjustable Circle-Cutting Jig Cut perfect circles up to 4' across! By Richard Tendick Have you ever tried to cut a circle on a bandsaw, freehand? It’s quick, but it sure isn’t exact. Dollars to doughnuts you’ll get fl at spots or...
  • AW Extra 4/24/14 - Gimbal Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 21, 2014
    Gimbal Jig How to use a plunge router to scoop out a curved seat. By Alan Turner OK, how do you make a concave seat? I designed a stool quite a while ago that called for one, but I stalled out trying to decide what approach to take. I considered lots...