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Winter 2013-2014

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Woodworking Techniques

  • Thermally Modified Wood

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 25, 2014
    Thermally Modified Wood A remarkable drying process gives wood a new character. By Chad Stanton Some day, you'll be able to build an outdoor project with a new kind of wood, grown right here in America, which resists decay, stays absolutely flat and...
  • Handles for Turning Tools

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 11, 2014
    Handles for Turning Tools Customize their fit for comfort and performance. By Alan Lacer Decades ago, woodturning tools came without handles, and turners would simply fashion their own. This makes perfect sense, because a handle that fi ts and feels “right”...
  • Custom-Made Crown Molding

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    Custom-Made Crown Molding By John English Here’s how to make the crown molding for the pantry. It’s all done on the tablesaw. The biggest challenge is figuring out which cut to make when. 1. Make a cove (Cut 1, see lead photo) by running 24...
  • Chemical Ebonizing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 10, 2012
    Chemical Ebonizing A sure-fire recipe for turning any wood deep black. By Richard Tendick Remember the old slogan, “better living through chemistry”? When it comes to turning wood black—a process called ebonizing—I prefer the...
  • Spalted Wood

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 10, 2012
    Spalted Wood By Alan Lacer When wood is captured somewhere between the extremes of being completely sound and fully rotten, it can display magnificent beauty. The discoloration, prominent black lines and changes in texture that occur during the decaying...