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  • AW Extra 7/3/14 - Perfect Edge Joints

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, July 2, 2014
    Perfect Edge Joints A 6-step tune-up sets your jointer straight. By Dave Munkittrick Jointers are simple machines with few moving parts, but the two beds, the fence and the cutterhead all have to be in alignment for a jointer to function properly. Few...
  • Loose Tenon Joinery

    by woodworkerBryan     Monday, May 19, 2014
    Loose Tenon Joinery Rout 4 variations of these super-strong joints with a versatile shop made jig. By Bill Hylton I've used a number of different methods to create mortise and tenon joints, but I keep coming back to loose tenons, because they're...
  • AW Extra 11/21/13 - Carbide Cutterheads for Jointers

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 19, 2013
    Carbide Cutterheads for Jointers Cut manufactured materials and make fewer knife changes By Dave Munkittrick The latest thing in jointers is the segmented carbide insert cutterhead. Instead of high-speed steel (HSS) knives, the cutterhead is peppered...
  • Classic Door Joinery

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Classic Door Joinery How to make strong mortise and tenon joints with a plunge router and a tablesaw. By Tom Caspar Imagine turning the clock back 500 years and visiting a fellow woodworker in any large European town. You could instantly strike up a conversation...
  • Skew Planing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, October 10, 2012
    Skew Planing By Alan Lacer The skew is one of the most useful tools in the turner’s arsenal. This article will get you on the right path towards mastering this tricky but useful tool . A lot of us start out trying the skew without a clue as to how...
  • Perfect Edge Joints

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    Perfect Edge Joints A 6-step tune-up sets your jointer straight. By Dave Munkittrick Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . Jointers are simple machines with few moving parts, but the two beds, the fence...
  • Iron Out Those Dents

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 12, 2011
    Iron Out Those Dents Here’s a classic tip that everyone should know: It’s not hard to make a dent in wood and fortunately, it’s not hard to get one out, either. All you need is a household iron (don’t worry, it won’t get...
  • AW Extra 5/23/13 - Plate Joiner Tips and Techniques

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 2, 2010
    Plate Joiner Tips and Techniques 12 ways to build cabinets faster and better with biscuits By Jon Stumbras Fast, Accurate Face Frames After you’ve put together a few face frames with dowels or pocket screws and discovered that the pieces don’t...
  • AW Extra 7/26/12 - 10 Techniques for Tighter, Faster, Stronger Miter Joints

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 7, 2009
    10 Techniques for Tighter, Faster, Stronger Miter Joints By Gary Wentz Miter joints provide one main advantage over other joints: A miter joint hides end grain and brings face grain neatly together. Everything else about miter joints is a hassle. They’re...
  • Tablesaw Box Joints

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 3, 2009
    Tablesaw Box Joints A shop-made jig with micro-adjust guarantees perfect joints. By Tim Johnson Box joints are the savvy woodworker’s alternative to dovetails. Strong, great-looking and quickly made, box joints are an especially good choice when...
  • AW Extra 2/7/13 - Perfect Butt Joints in Laminate

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, October 15, 2009
    Perfect Butt Joints in Laminate An underscribe router attachment guarantees success. By Brad Holden Long countertops or those that turn corners need butt joints. You can use several methods to make this joint, but the easiest way to get tight-fitting...
  • 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 2/21/13 - 10 Tricks for Tighter Joints

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 26, 2009
    10 Tricks for Tighter Joints By Luke Hartle 1. Cauls distribute pressure It’s not easy to get enough squeeze in the middle of a big box to force home dado or biscuit joints. Big cauls are the answer. A caul is simply a thick, straight board. I make...
  • AW Extra 11/29/12 - 3 Tapered Legs on the Jointer

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 25, 2009
    3 Tapered Legs on the Jointer Advanced jointer techniques yield smooth, consistent tapers. By Seth Keller After I learned to cut tapered legs on the jointer, I never went back to my bandsaw or tablesaw. Legs cut on the jointer take less time and, best...
  • AW Extra 10/25/12 - Frameless Cabinet Joinery

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, July 8, 2009
    Frameless Cabinet Joinery Hassle free and fast By Dave Munkittrick I’ve always liked the clean, modern look of cabinets built without face frames. My early attempts involved building plywood boxes first and applying hardwood edging later. But cutting...