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  • Staining Pine

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 8, 2010
    Staining Pine Make this inexpensive wood look like a million bucks. By Tim Johnson Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . 1. Brush on two generous coats of water-based conditioner. With each application...
  • Power Sharpening System

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 21, 2012
    Power Sharpening System By Tom Caspar Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . I’m crazy about sharp hand tools. When edges are perfect, these tools sing in your hands. When they’re dull, you...
  • 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...
  • Mortising on the Drill Press

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 31, 2012
    Mortising on the Drill Press Simple improvements make a mortising attachment work great. By Tim Johnson Purchase the complete version of this woodworking project story from AWBookstore.com . Even though they’re sexy, benchtop mortising machines...
  • Tips for Better Picture Frames

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, March 2, 2012
    Tips for Better Picture Frames Frame like a pro with simple tools. By Dave Munkittrick Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . Blind splines Until somebody discovers a miracle glue for end grain, miter...
  • Butterfly Inlay

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 21, 2012
    Butterfly Inlay Make a perfect fit with a shop-made template. By Tom Caspar Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . Don’t you just love it when something that looks extremely difficult turns out to...
  • AW Extra 5/30/13 - Goof-Proof Crown Molding

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 26, 2009
    Goof-Proof Crown Molding By Tom Caspar Cutting perfect miters on crown molding can be a real challenge. Make a mistake and a lot of expensive wood goes to waste. This method, which uses a shop-made miter box, puts the molding in its “natural”...
  • Stronger Shelves

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 15, 2011
    Stronger Shelves Designing sag-proof shelves. By Tom Caspar Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . Have you ever heard a shelf groan? Well, maybe not, but some shelves look like they would if they could...
  • Classic Frame and Panel Door

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, March 2, 2012
    Classic Frame and Panel Door Traditional methods for making doors that last. By Lonnie Bird Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . A few design elements are as simple, beautiful or enduring as the frame...
  • Making Lipped Drawers with a Dovetail Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 25, 2012
    Making Lipped Drawers with a Dovetail Jig By Tom Caspar Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . You can do more with your half-blind dovetail jig than meets the eye. You’ve probably used it to make...
  • Wedged Mortise & Tenon

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 17, 2012
    Wedged Mortise & Tenon This joint will never loosen! By Tom Caspar Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . Tap, tap, tap. The wedges go home, the glue squeezes out and a big smile lights up your face...
  • How to Hang Inset Doors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, March 2, 2012
    How to Hang Inset Doors Install butt hinges perfectly and establish consistent, slender margins. By Tim Johnson Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . Nothing signals skillful craftsmanship like an inset...
  • Four-Sided Quartersawn Table Legs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 21, 2012
    Four-Sided Quartersawn Table Legs How to rout lock miters on narrow pieces. By Tom Caspar and Stewart Crick Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . If you spotted an oak leg with quartersawn figure on all...
  • Perfect Edge Joints

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    Perfect Edge Joints A 6-step tune-up sets your jointer straight. By Dave Munkittrick Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . Jointers are simple machines with few moving parts, but the two beds, the fence...
  • Hammer Your Own Copper Hardware

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 21, 2012
    Hammer Your Own Copper Hardware By David Olson Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . Hardware doesn’t have to come from a catalog. You can make your own. The raw materials are inexpensive and you...