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Winter 2013-2014

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  • AW Extra 7/10/14 - Making Curved Doors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 8, 2014
    Making Curved Doors Kerfkore flexible panels handle curves with ease. By Brad Holden Curved doors and panels add elegance to any project, especially kitchen cabinets. Making these complicated parts requires careful planning and building. The task can...
  • Reading Grain Direction

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 7, 2014
    Reading Grain Direction “Going against the grain” is a familiar phrase. It means doing something the wrong way.When you’re talking about wood, you always want to go with the grain—cutting or planing a board in a way that follows...
  • AW Extra 7/3/14 - Perfect Edge Joints

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, July 2, 2014
    Perfect Edge Joints A 6-step tune-up sets your jointer straight. By Dave Munkittrick Jointers are simple machines with few moving parts, but the two beds, the fence and the cutterhead all have to be in alignment for a jointer to function properly. Few...
  • Wedged Mortise and Tenon

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, June 20, 2014
    Wedged Mortise and Tenon This joint will never loosen! By Tom Caspar Tap, tap, tap. The wedges go home, the glue squeezes out and a big smile lights up your face. “This joint isn’t coming apart for a hundred years,” you say. “It’s...
  • Installing Knife Hinges

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, June 20, 2014
    How to Install Knife Hinges They’re a sure sign of good craftsmanship, but are almost invisible. By Brad Holden Small and discreet, knife hinges lend a tidy, refined look to your project. They’re ideal for a small cabinet if you want the hinge...
  • 2 Ways to Cut a 3-Way Miter

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, June 19, 2014
    2 Ways to Cut a 3-Way Miter Create this impressive joint by hand or with power tools. By Garrett Glaser Admiring the complex 3-way mitered joint between the leg and aprons in an antique Chinese table is natural. But the thought of cutting and fitting...
  • 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 6/12/14 - Restore a Chest of Drawers

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, June 6, 2014
    Restore a Chest of Drawers Make broken-down drawers fit and work like new By Tim Johnson At first glance, the broken-down chest of drawers looks like a lost cause—a wreck even by garage-sale standards. After all, it’s been sitting out in Uncle...
  • AW Extra 6/5/14 - Air-Drying Lumber

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, June 5, 2014
    Air-Drying Lumber It’s the low-cost, low-tech way to dry lumber. Here’s how to do it right. By Dave Munkittrick Want a truly cheap and easy way to dry lumber? Consider air drying. It’s the most economical method for removing water from...
  • Veneering the Curve

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 2, 2014
    Veneering on the Curve The ‘flat-board-first’ method enables you to veneer a curved part with any pattern you want. By Mario Rodriguez Boldness with balance—that’s how I see the front apron of a classic Federal card table. I love...
  • 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...
  • Loose Tenon Joinery

    by woodworkerBryan     Monday, May 19, 2014
    Loose Tenon Joinery Rout 4 variations of these super-strong joints with a versatile shop made jig. By Bill Hylton I've used a number of different methods to create mortise and tenon joints, but I keep coming back to loose tenons, because they're...
  • AW Extra 5/15/14 - Precision 3-Wall Scribes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, May 15, 2014
    Precision 3-Wall Scribes A simple template guarantees a perfect fit. By Brad Holden Fitting a countertop between two side walls and a back wall is one of the most challenging installations you will ever face. Experienced cabinetmakers can do this with...
  • Wicked Sharp

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 6, 2014
    Wicked Sharp For the ultimate edge, use a leather strop. By Alan Turner I have a special set of chisels that I only use for paring. To do a good job, they have to be wicked sharp— and stay that way. My secret weapon isn’t a fabulously expensive...
  • AW Extra 5/8/14 - Arts & Crafts Inlay

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, May 5, 2014
    Arts & Crafts Inlay Make intricate patterns of silver and ebony using a Dremel. By Joe Johnston Ebony and silver—black and white—are a stunning combination. The architects Charles and Henry Greene, masters of Arts & Crafts detail,...