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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Resawn-Veneer Top

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, December 10, 2010
    Resawn-Veneer Top Thick veneer and mitered edging make a top that last. By Tom Caspar Here’s one technique every budding furniture maker should know: how to make a framed top with thick, shop-made veneer. A mitered frame adds a polished, professional...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 9/13/12 - Restore an Antique Oak Table

    by Tim Johnson     Friday, February 20, 2009
    Restore an Antique Oak Table Thoughtful finishing and new leaves prepare this classic for the next 100 years. By Kevin Southwick This old table looks like a prime candidate for refinishing. Strip off the old finish, sand out all the dings and scratches...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 8/9/12 - Lock Rabbet Drawer Joinery

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Lock Rabbet Drawer Joinery Here’s a router-made drawer joint that’s quick, simple and self-aligning. By Randy Johnson For fast, easy, accurate joinery in everything from kitchen-cabinet drawers to jewelry boxes, the lock rabbet is the way...
  • AW Extra 7/12/12 - Router-Made Drawer and Door Pulls

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Router-Made Drawer and Door Pulls If you’re after a sleek, clean look, a wooden pull that’s an integral part of a door or drawer front is a great solution. By Brad Holder You can make integrated pulls yourself using a router table and a few...
  • AW Extra 7/5/12 - Tips for Building Cabinets with Pocket-Hole Joinery

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Tips for Building Cabinets with Pocket-Hole Joinery New tools and improved techniques make pocket-screw assembly faster than ever. By Brad Holden Many production shops use pocket-hole joinery to build cabinets because it’s fast, easy and efficient...
  • AW Extra 10/4/12 - Waterstones

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Waterstones Hone an incredibly sharp edge with a $35 combo stone. By Tom Caspar For this woodworker, it doesn’t get any better than using a sharp hand tool. Not just kind of sharp, the way new tools come out of the box. I mean really, really sharp...
  • AW Extra 9/27/12 - 5 Router Jigs

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    5 Router Jigs Improve your accuracy and control. By Bill Hylton Why buy a commercial jig when making one yourself will triple your enjoyment? First, you’ll experience the joy of building a useful shop fixture from nothing more than some scrap wood...
  • AW Extra 9/6/12 - Lock Miters

    by AW-Editor     Friday, December 12, 2008
    Lock Miters This simple set-up process guarantees perfect joints! By George Vondriska Lock miters are strong, attractive joints that make assembly easy. So why the heck don’t we use lock miters more? I think it’s because they can be a pain...
  • AW Extra 9/20/12 - Router Table Box Joints

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, October 1, 2008
    Router Table Box Joints The perfect fit comes easily with a simple shop-made jig. By Tom Caspar Box joints are a cinch to make on a router table. All you need are a sharp bit and a basic plywood jig. The biggest problem in making box joints has always...
  • World’s Best Routing Guide

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 19, 2008
    World's Best Routing Guide This simple guide guarantees success whenever you need to make a straight routing pass. It's perfect for jointing a long edge or routing dadoes and grooves. You'll get smooth, chatter-free results, thanks to the...