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  • Oops! Biscuit Slots Refuse to Align

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 8, 2011
    Oops! Biscuit Slots Refuse to Align I was cutting slots for a long edge joint the other day, and everything was humming right along. But when I put the boards together, they didn’t line up worth a darn! Turns out I made a very simple mistake. All...
  • Oops! Router Bit Gouges Template

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 8, 2011
    Oops! Router Bit Gouges Template Here's an easy fix if you accidentally gouge your template with a router bit: Repair the damage with auto body filler. Generously apply filler to the damaged area. After it has hardened, rasp and sand the filler to...
  • Oops! Tongues Refuse to Fit Grooves

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 9, 2011
    Oops! Tongues Refuse to Fit Grooves I made this cool looking door panel by making cove cuts on my tablesaw. Cool looking, yes, but the tongue profiles swelled right at the end, so they wouldn't fit the grooves in the stiles and rails. Go figure. By...
  • 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! 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! 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! Sanding Au Naturel

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 29, 2011
    Oops! Sanding Au Naturel I’m so handy, I thought as I flipped over the board I had just sanded without stopping my belt sander. I simply lifted the sander out of the way with one hand and let it drop down to my side. Unfortunately, the rotating...
  • 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! 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! Flying Sawdust

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 29, 2011
    Oops! Flying Sawdust Last summer, due to the heat, I covered my portable saw with a canvas tarp and retreated to the cooler air inside my basement shop. The saw sat under the canvas for two months, until I needed to cut some boards that were too long...
  • 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! Runaway Router

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 29, 2011
    Oops! Runaway Router By Tom Hennek My first router, a 1968 Stanley, was a heavy, single speed machine. I remember it well because of what happened the very first time I used it. I chucked up a Roman ogee bit and made my first pass. As I marveled, spellbound...
  • 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! 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...