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  • Traditional Woven Chair Seats

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 26, 2011
    Weave Traditional Chair Seats Traditional techniques and modern materials produce attractive, durable results. by Tim Johnson Visit any antique or second-hand furniture store and you’ll find great old chairs—such as these solid cherry ladderbacks—that...
  • 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...
  • Tıps & Techniques for Fantastic Oak Finishes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 9, 2012
    Tips & Techniques for Fantastic Oak Finishes By Dave Munkittrick Like a movie star, oak possesses natural good looks. Unlike a movie star, however, oak is easy to work with—even during finishing. Oak’s distinctive grain pattern (see photo...
  • 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”...
  • 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...
  • Tune Your Bandsaw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 9, 2012
    Tune Your Bandsaw 6 adjustments deliver professional results. By Mark Duginske I love bandsaws, even though they have a reputation as troublesome tools. I suppose that’s why I like them, because I enjoy investigating woodworking machinery. I’ve...
  • Install a Double-Screw Face Vise

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 22, 2011
    Install a Double-Screw Face Vise Two screws clamp better than one. By Steven Bunn A vise with two screws clamps chair seats and other large workpieces more effectively than a standard vise. Such pieces must be clamped on one side of a standard vise to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...