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  • 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 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...
  • 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 7/5/12 - Tips for Building Cabinets with Pocket-Hole Joinery

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Tips for Building Cabinets with Pocket-Hole Joinery New tools and improved techniques make pocket-screw assembly faster than ever. By Brad Holden Many production shops use pocket-hole joinery to build cabinets because it’s fast, easy and efficient...
  • 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 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 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...
  • Haunched Mortise & Tenon

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, November 1, 2007
    Haunched Mortise & Tenon 13 steps for making a super-strong joint. By Tom Caspar Of all the variations on the mortise and tenon joint, this is one of the best. The haunch – that short little stub tenon at the top of the joint – adds strength...
  • AW Extra 12/20/12 - Making Cathedral Doors

    by Tim Johnson     Sunday, February 22, 2009
    Making Cathedral Doors A complete recipe for making beautiful cathedral raised-panel doors. By George Vondriska Cathedral raised-panel doors are beautiful, but they can be intimidating to make. After many years of teaching students how to make these doors...
  • 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 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...
  • AW Extra 9/20/12 - Router Table Box Joints

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, October 1, 2008
    Router Table Box Joints The perfect fit comes easily with a simple shop-made jig. By Tom Caspar Box joints are a cinch to make on a router table. All you need are a sharp bit and a basic plywood jig. The biggest problem in making box joints has always...
  • AW Extra 8/30/12 - Stile and Rail Joinery

    by Tom Caspar     Friday, February 20, 2009
    Stile and Rail Joinery A reversible stile and rail cutter makes perfect-fitting frames for doors and cabinets without dowels, mortises or biscuits. By Tim Johnson One of the best buys you can make for your tablemounted router is a set of stile and rail...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 4/12/12 - Tapered Sliding Dovetails

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, November 29, 2007
    Tapered Sliding Dovetails Create perfectly-fitting joints that don't need to be clamped. By Tim Johnson How would you like to assemble a rocksolid cabinet without using clamps or fasteners? That’s the promise offered by tapered sliding dovetail...