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Woodworking Techniques

  • Tips for Mastering Featherboards

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 15, 2008
    Tips for Mastering Featherboards Featherboards are like having an extra set of hands in the shop, going where no fıngers ever should. By Jock and Susan Holmen The featherboard gets its name from the rows of flexible “fingers” that act like...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 4 Tips for Dovetailing by Hand

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, February 19, 2008
    4 Tips for Dovetailing by Hand By Frank Klausz 1. Cut by Eye When dovetailing by hand , be bold. Don’t bother with a try square or sliding bevel. After gauging a thickness line across the board, lay out the pins with your saw as you make each cut...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Align Bandsaw Wheels

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 12, 2008
    Align Bandsaw Wheels By Dave Munkittrick & Bruce Kieffer Q. I’ve tried everything to get good resaw results on my bandsaw, but the blade still wanders. What gives? A. If you use a sharp blade designed for resawing, you compensate for drift angle...