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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...
  • AW Extra 2/28/13 - Tame Your Belt Sander

    by Tom Caspar     Sunday, February 22, 2009
    Tame Your Belt Sander Tips to help you gain confidence and get goof-proof results. By George Vondriska Does the prospect of using a belt sander make your palms sweat and your hands shake? I feel your pain. Belt sanders have a bad rap as the quickest way...
  • 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...
  • 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 1/3/13 - 12 Techniques for Successful Gluing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 16, 2009
    12 Techniques for Successful Gluing By Tom Caspar Do a dry fit Clamp your pieces without glue to make sure the joints come together tightly. This step also serves as a test for your choice of clamps and blocks. Here, a dry run revealed that I need wedge...
  • AW Extra 1/31/13 - 5 Steps to Foursquare Boards

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, October 14, 2009
    5 Steps to Foursquare Boards By Tom Caspar It sounds obvious, but the key to accurate woodworking is to start with accurately machined boards. They must be straight, flat and square. Roughsawn lumber is anything but. Here’s a time-honored order...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 5/30/13 - Goof-Proof Crown Molding

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 26, 2009
    Goof-Proof Crown Molding By Tom Caspar Cutting perfect miters on crown molding can be a real challenge. Make a mistake and a lot of expensive wood goes to waste. This method, which uses a shop-made miter box, puts the molding in its “natural”...
  • AW Extra 8/30/12 - Stile and Rail Joinery

    by Tom Caspar     Friday, February 20, 2009
    Stile and Rail Joinery A reversible stile and rail cutter makes perfect-fitting frames for doors and cabinets without dowels, mortises or biscuits. By Tim Johnson One of the best buys you can make for your tablemounted router is a set of stile and rail...
  • 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...
  • 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...