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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Oops! Stealth Woodworking

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, March 23, 2012
    Stealth Woodworking By Robert J. Collins While browsing through woodworking magazines at a local bookstore, I spotted plans for a project that really excited me. Since I didn’t want to purchase the whole magazine for only one set of plans, I secretly...
  • Oops! Feline-Based Finish

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, March 23, 2012
    Feline-Based Finish By Bill Esposito After reading that burnishing lathe-turned objects with wood shavings leaves a lustrous, silky smooth finish, I decided to try it on the goblet I had turned the day before. I returned to my basement shop, reached down...
  • Oops! Sure Shot

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, March 23, 2012
    Sure Shot By Keith Bachman When I found out my wife was pregnant with our first child, I decided to make a cradle. Nine months seemed like plenty of time, but naturally, I finished building the cradle with only a week to spare. I decided to apply the...
  • Oops! Shorts Shock

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, March 23, 2012
    Shorts Shock By Cathy Groves My husband uses scraps of wood, called “shorts,” for carving. In a lumber store, he saw some lovely pieces in a bin behind the counter. But he had a lot of explaining to do after he asked the clerk, “Do you...
  • Oops! House of Dust

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 21, 2012
    House of Dust By Randy Walker To keep airborne dust from getting into the house, I bought a dust collector for my basement workshop. I wanted to start with a clean slate, so I decided to rid the shop of a decade’s worth of dust that had collected...
  • Oops! Slap Shot

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 22, 2011
    Slap Shot By Vern Johnson When I was a kid, I decided to make my own hockey stick in my dad’s workshop. I drew the shape on a 2x12 board and cut it out on the bandsaw. At 2-in., the stick was too thick, so I decided to resaw it. Brilliant! I’d...
  • Oops! Spindle Sander Whirlybird

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 22, 2011
    Spindle Sander Whirlybird By Mark Claypool To clean up the slot I had just cut in a long, narrow piece of white oak, I installed a sanding drum in my oscillating spindle sander. I dropped the slotted piece in place over the drum. The drum fit inside the...
  • Oops! Possessed Belt Sander

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 21, 2011
    Possessed Belt Sander By Frank Gresser My neighbor was sanding a newly created veneer and inlay tabletop when disaster struck.With the switch of his belt sander locked in the On position, he was giving the top the finishing touches. Just then his 2,500...
  • 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...
  • Oops! I Drilled Through

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, May 11, 2011
    I Drilled Through Drilling a pilot hole is no time for guessing, especially when there’s a risk of drilling too deep and going through the other side (above). To avoid this, mark the correct depth on the bit with a masking tape flag (right). When...
  • Oops! Back Leg Boo-Boo

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 26, 2011
    Back Leg Boo-Boo My wife asked me to repair a wobbly kitchen chair. All the joints below the seat had failed, so it didn’t take much to knock apart the legs and stretchers. The joints were a bit loose after I removed all the glue, so I planned to...
  • Oops! Welded Router

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 30, 2011
    Welded Router OK, I admit it. I’m not the best at tool maintenance. The cord on my trusty old router was frayed down to the wires about 8" away from the motor housing, and occasionally it shorted out. But replacing the cord was too much trouble—if...
  • Oops! Rusty Shop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 29, 2011
    Rusty Shop Before leaving town for the weekend, I made room in my garage shop to stack the 500 bd. ft. of freshly cut red oak that I’d just acquired. I aimed a fan at the stack to help circulate the air, so the boards would dry evenly while I was...
  • Oops! Dust Storm Disaster

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 29, 2011
    Dust Storm Disaster After reading about the health hazards of microscopic dust particles, I decided to retrofit my old dust collector with a canister filter. This was its second upgrade: I’d already wired my collector to automatically start whenever...
  • Oops! Homesteader

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 29, 2011
    Oops! Homesteader While I was visiting my brother in Florida, he showed me his latest toy, a Wood-Mizer portable sawmill. A huge hickory log was mounted on the cutting platform. Sawdust puffed as the blade effortlessly sliced a 3" thick section from...