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  • 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...
  • World’s Best Routing Guide

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 19, 2008
    World's Best Routing Guide This simple guide guarantees success whenever you need to make a straight routing pass. It's perfect for jointing a long edge or routing dadoes and grooves. You'll get smooth, chatter-free results, thanks to the...
  • 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 8/9/12 - Lock Rabbet Drawer Joinery

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Lock Rabbet Drawer Joinery Here’s a router-made drawer joint that’s quick, simple and self-aligning. By Randy Johnson For fast, easy, accurate joinery in everything from kitchen-cabinet drawers to jewelry boxes, the lock rabbet is the way...
  • AW Extra 7/12/12 - Router-Made Drawer and Door Pulls

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Router-Made Drawer and Door Pulls If you’re after a sleek, clean look, a wooden pull that’s an integral part of a door or drawer front is a great solution. By Brad Holder You can make integrated pulls yourself using a router table and a few...
  • 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 10/11/12 - 7 Trim Router Tips

    by Tom Caspar     Sunday, February 22, 2009
    7 Router Trim Tips Multiple bases make this compact router extremely versatile. By Randy Johnson Laminate trim routers are amazing little machines. Their light weight and compact size make them exceptionally easy to use. Although they are designed primarily...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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! 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...
  • Mastering the Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 10, 2012
    Mastering the Router Table 20 Practical Jigs, Fixtures and Tips By Brad Holden Download this Mastering the Router Table Technique with complete plans and step-by-step instructions from . Here are 20 practical jigs, fixtures and tips to...
  • Making Cathedral Doors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 14, 2012
    Making Cathedral Doors A time-tested recipe for making beautiful cathedral raised-panel doors. By George Vondriska Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from . Cathedral raised-panel doors are beautiful, but...