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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 . 1. Brush on two generous coats of water-based conditioner. With each application...
  • Working Alone with Plywood

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 19, 2010
    Working Alone with Plywood Tips for taming those awkward and heavy sheets. by Jean Bartholome Woodworking alone is peaceful, serene and quiet. Just you, the radio and your project. It’s also a pain in the posterior when you have to work with big...
  • Make Poplar Look Pretty

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, May 24, 2012
    Make Poplar Look Pretty Give this useful but unattractive wood a makeover. By Kevin Southwick The wood we know as poplar has many common names, such as tulip poplar, yellow poplar, tulipwood, yellow tulipwood, tulip tree, whitewood and canoewood. The...
  • Outdoor Finishes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Sunday, March 2, 2014
    Outdoor Finishes Simple to Super Durable by Brad Holden Outdoor finishes have one thing in common; they all require maintenance. Of course, paint is unequaled at protecting the wood from its two biggest enemies: moisture and ultraviolet (UV) light. Moisture...
  • Haunched Mortise & Tenon

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, November 1, 2007
    Haunched Mortise & Tenon 13 steps for making a super-strong joint. By Tom Caspar Of all the variations on the mortise and tenon joint, this is one of the best. The haunch – that short little stub tenon at the top of the joint – adds strength...
  • Bandsaw Resawing

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Bandsaw Resawing Cut logs into lumber, make thin boards from thick and cut your own veneer. By George Vondriska Perhaps you want to cut 3/4-in.-thick material down to 3/8 in., or make veneer from that one precious figured board. Or maybe you want to get...
  • 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 . I’m crazy about sharp hand tools. When edges are perfect, these tools sing in your hands. When they’re dull, you...
  • Foolproof Scraper Sharpening

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    Foolproof Scraper Sharpening Make shavings like a pro with our new sharpening method. By Tom Caspar Scraping is quiet and efficient. It’s perfect for removing milling marks and shallow tear-out. I couldn’t believe my eyes the first time I...
  • 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...
  • Template Routing Tips

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, July 9, 2008
    Template Routing Tips By Randy Johnson If you want to get the most from your router, you need to master template routing. Once you learn the basics you can spend a lifetime exploring its many possibilities. You’ll be able to build more kinds of...
  • Precision 3-Wall Scribes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 16, 2009
    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 ease by marking and scribing...
  • 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 . Box joints are a cinch to make on a router table. All you need are...
  • 10 Tips for Perfect Miter Joints

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, September 2, 2008
    10 Tips for Perfect Miter Joints Make Micro Adjustments with a Disc Sander No tool can tweak a miter's fit as easily as a disc sander can. You can shorten the workpiece a hair with a quick touch of the disc. You can also adjust the angle by a fraction...
  • Knots

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, January 8, 2010
    Knots Knotty boards are beautiful, yet frustrating! Here's how to get the most out of them. by Tom Caspar Knots are usually considered defects in wood. They’re cut out of boards and thrown on a scrap heap. But take a closer look at a knot. In...
  • Turning Wood: Socket Chisel Handles

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, April 27, 2012
    Turning Wood: Socket Chisel Handles Here’s a 1-2-3 system for getting a perfect fit. By Tim Heil High-quality socket chisels— such as the Stanley Sweathearts and Lie- Nielsens—are making a big comeback. Why would these companies choose...