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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 AWBookstore.com . 1. Brush on two generous coats of water-based conditioner. With each application...
  • Tablesaw Box Joints

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 3, 2009
    Tablesaw Box Joints A shop-made jig with micro-adjust guarantees perfect joints. By Tim Johnson Box joints are the savvy woodworker’s alternative to dovetails. Strong, great-looking and quickly made, box joints are an especially good choice when...
  • AW Extra 7/26/12 - 10 Techniques for Tighter, Faster, Stronger Miter Joints

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 7, 2009
    10 Techniques for Tighter, Faster, Stronger Miter Joints By Gary Wentz Miter joints provide one main advantage over other joints: A miter joint hides end grain and brings face grain neatly together. Everything else about miter joints is a hassle. They’re...
  • Super-Smooth Poly Finish

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 10, 2009
    Super-Smooth Poly Finish A defect-free finish, even with a brush By Eric Smith Polyurethane is a tough, high-quality finish, ideal for tabletops and other surfaces that take a lot of abuse. But no matter how clean your finishing area or how good your...
  • AW Extra 1/17/13 - Bent Wood Lamination Basics

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, October 7, 2009
    Bent Wood Lamination Basics 10 tips for making strong, graceful curves that add a new dimension to your woodworking. By Dave Munkittrick Is your woodworking ready to break free of the box? Check out bent laminations. You’ll find a whole new world...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 2/21/13 - 10 Tricks for Tighter Joints

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 26, 2009
    10 Tricks for Tighter Joints By Luke Hartle 1. Cauls distribute pressure It’s not easy to get enough squeeze in the middle of a big box to force home dado or biscuit joints. Big cauls are the answer. A caul is simply a thick, straight board. I make...
  • AW Extra 6/26/14 - Flattening Wide Boards

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 8, 2009
    Flattening Wide Boards You don't need monster machinery to flatten monster boards. By Dave Munkittrik Big, wide boards make my heart race with anticipation. Panels and tabletops are so pleasing to look at when they’re made from a single board...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 2/14/13 - Drawer Slides

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 26, 2009
    Drawer Slides Nine Models for Nine Situations By Brad Holden Open the drawer of a well-made modern cabinet. How do the slides feel? They should be effortless, smooth and precise. You have more than a dozen types of slides from which to choose. For that...
  • AW Extra 6/13/13 - Precise Hand-Cut Dovetails

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 6, 2011
    Precise Hand-Cut Dovetails A new approach to half-blind dovetails guarantees a precision fit. By Tom Caspar The handmade half-blind dovetail joint is an enduring symbol of fine craftsmanship. Every proud woodworker who has conquered the dovetail wants...
  • AW Extra 1/10/13 - Make Crown Molding on the Tablesaw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 24, 2009
    Make Crown Molding on the Tablesaw By Tim Johnson Finding factory-made crown molding to match your cherry or walnut dream project isn’t so easy. Most lumberyards only stock crown molding in pine and oak. Ordering by mail is slow and expensive, especially...