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  • Hot Pipe Bending

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 21, 2014
    Hot Pipe Bending Shape wood with a propane torch. By Garrett Glaser Here's a simple, but effective way to bend thin stock (1/4" thick or less). The only tools you need are a length of 1-1/2" galvanized pipe, a propane torch, a jig to hold...
  • 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”...
  • Make Quartersawn Picture Frame Stock

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, March 5, 2014
    Make Quartersawn Picture Frame Stock If you’ve got some spare 8/4 (2-in.) lumber lying around your shop, it’s easy to transform it into stunning quartersawn wood for your picture frame. Quartersawn figure in almost every wood is really something...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Routing a Gooseneck Molding

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    Routing a Gooseneck Molding Making the molding on the top of this clock required an unusual method of template routing: using an overarm guide (see photo at right). The overarm guide is attached to the top of a router table, and is really just a long...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Oops! Stealth Woodworking

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, March 23, 2012
    Stealth Woodworking By Robert J. Collins While browsing through woodworking magazines at a local bookstore, I spotted plans for a project that really excited me. Since I didn’t want to purchase the whole magazine for only one set of plans, I secretly...
  • Oops! Feline-Based Finish

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, March 23, 2012
    Feline-Based Finish By Bill Esposito After reading that burnishing lathe-turned objects with wood shavings leaves a lustrous, silky smooth finish, I decided to try it on the goblet I had turned the day before. I returned to my basement shop, reached down...