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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 12/13/12 - Tenoning Jigs

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Tenoning Jigs By Tom Caspar Tenoning jigs make the complicated world of mortise-and-tenon joinery a lot simpler. I’ve used a homemade wooden jig for years. I stand a rail upright on the tablesaw and clamp it to a tall box that slides on my fence...
  • AW Extra 1/10/13 - Make Crown Molding on the Tablesaw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 24, 2009
    Make Crown Molding on the Tablesaw By Tim Johnson Finding factory-made crown molding to match your cherry or walnut dream project isn’t so easy. Most lumberyards only stock crown molding in pine and oak. Ordering by mail is slow and expensive, especially...
  • Soup Up Your Shop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    Soup Up Your Shop The right accessories for maximizing your performance and safety. By Dave Munkittrick Here at American Woodworker we see a lot of tools and accessories.We’ve been impressed by how the right accessories—either store-bought...
  • Coved Doors on the Tablesaw

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, February 20, 2014
    Coved Doors on the Tablesaw Make beautiful raised panels without a router table and expensive bits. By George Vondriska The tool of choice for most small-shop woodworkers who want to make raised panels is the router: A large one, generally 3 hp,hung in...
  • Tablesawn Circles

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 3, 2012
    Tablesawn Circles Saw round tabletops with a simple shop-made jig. By Tim Johnson It’s easy to cut perfectly round tabletops of almost any size on your tablesaw. All it takes is a simple jig (Fig. A., below) and careful setup. With this method,...
  • 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...
  • Make Quartersawn Picture Frame Stock

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 5, 2014
    Make Quartersawn Picture Frame Stock If you’ve got some spare 8/4 (2-in.) lumber lying around your shop, it’s easy to transform it into stunning quartersawn wood for your picture frame. Quartersawn figure in almost every wood is really something...
  • Accurize Your Tablesaw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    Accurize Your Tablesaw Super-tune your saw for absolutely straight, smooth and burn-free cuts. By Richard Tendick When my contractor’s saw was new, it cut perfectly. Over the years, it gradually went out of whack. I’ll show you what I did...
  • Slot & Spline Paneled Door

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 14, 2012
    Slot & Spline Paneled Door Hands down, the easiest way to make a frame-and-panel door. By Tom Caspar Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from . A good-looking frame-and-panel door is really quite easy...
  • 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...