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  • AW Extra 6/19/14 - Soup Up Your Router Table

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    Soup Up Your Router Table By Dave Munkittrick Your router table will really sing with these great accessories. Like all good tools, our accessories will increase safety and improve results. Even though we designed them specifically for the Best Buy Router...
  • AW Extra 5/22/14 - Hang a Router....Perfectly

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    Hang a Router....Perfectly Surfire router plate installation By Jennifer Feist Are you tempted by the benefits of owning a router table plate but hesitate to take the plunge because of the hassles involved in mounting it in your table? That’s understandable...
  • Butterfly Inlay

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, April 10, 2014
    Butterfly Inlay Make a perfect fit with a shop-made template. By Tom Caspar Don’t you just love it when something that looks extremely difficult turns out to be oh-so easy? Making butterfly inlay with a plunge router is a good example. The technique...
  • AW Extra 1/16/14 - Raise Panels Safely with Your Router

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 16, 2014
    Raise Panels Safely with Your Router Build three fixtures that will give you more control and protect your fingers. By Tim Johnson SCARY. That’s what most woodworkers think about raising panels with a router. The idea of that big hunk of sharpened...
  • How to Rout a Large Arc

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    How to Rout a Large Arc Need a big, smooth curve? This method will do it! By Jim Baumann Curved lines in any project are both a blessing and a curse. They’re a blessing for the eye of the beholder, but a curse for the poor guy who has to make them...
  • AW Extra 9/5/13 - Tune Up Your Trim Router

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Three Steps to Precise Cuts By Richard Tendick A trim router is a precision tool—if it’s tuned up correctly. Tuning corrects two common problems: an uneven cut and a sticky base. By an uneven cut, I mean a roundover, chamfer or molding that’s...
  • 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...
  • Routing a Gooseneck Molding

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    Routing a Gooseneck Molding Making the molding on the top of this clock required an unusual method of template routing: using an overarm guide (see photo at right). The overarm guide is attached to the top of a router table, and is really just a long...
  • Template Routing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    Template Routing Simple to advanced methods for precisely duplicating parts. By Lonnie Bird No other method for shaping is as fast or efficient as template routing. It works like this: the part to be shaped is fastened to the template; the router follows...
  • Router Table Box Joints

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 29, 2012
    Router Table Box Joints The perfect fit comes easily with a simple shop-made jig. By Tom Caspar Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . Box joints are a cinch to make on a router table. All you need are...
  • 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 AWBookstore.com . Cathedral raised-panel doors are beautiful, but...
  • 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 AWBookstore.com . Here are 20 practical jigs, fixtures and tips 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! 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...
  • 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...