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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 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...
  • Quartersawn Oak

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, October 29, 2009
    3 Tips to Unlock its Beauty by Tom Caspar Boldly displaying spectacular quartersawn figure can turn an ordinary project inotoa blue-ribbon winner. Here are three ways a professional cuts oak so legs, panels and the top all contribute to a grand effect...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 AWBookstore.com . 1. Brush on two generous coats of water-based conditioner. With each application...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Iron Out Those Dents

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 12, 2011
    Iron Out Those Dents Here’s a classic tip that everyone should know: It’s not hard to make a dent in wood and fortunately, it’s not hard to get one out, either. All you need is a household iron (don’t worry, it won’t get...
  • Repair a Water-Damaged Finish

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 3, 2011
    Repair a Water-Damaged Finish Work miracles on wood with oxalic acid. By Kevin Southwick Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . Watering a potted plant can be disastrous if the plant lives on top of something...
  • Precise Hand-Cut Dovetails

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 10, 2011
    Precise Hand-Cut Dovetails A new approach to half-blind dovetails guarantees a precision fit. By Tom Caspar Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . The handmade half-blind dovetail joint is an enduring...
  • Foolproof Scraper Sharpening

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 18, 2011
    Foolproof Scraper Sharpening Make Shavings Like a Pro With Our New Sharpening Method By Tom Caspar Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . I couldn’t believe my eyes the first time I saw John Erickson...
  • Tune Your Bandsaw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    Tune Your Bandsaw 6 adjustments deliver professional results. By Mark Duginske Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . I love bandsaws, even though they have a reputation as troublesome tools. I suppose...
  • Perfect Edge Joints

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 1, 2011
    Perfect Edge Joints A 6-step tune-up sets your jointer straight. By Dave Munkittrick Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com . Jointers are simple machines with few moving parts, but the two beds, the fence...