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  • Tips & Techniques for Fantastic Oak Finishes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, October 29, 2009
    Tips & Techniques for Fantastic Oak Finishes By Dave Munkittrick Like a movie star, oak possesses natural good looks. Unlike a movie star, however, oak is easy to work with—even during finishing. Oak’s distinctive grain pattern (see photo...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tips for Finishing Cherry

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 21, 2011
    Tips for Finishing Cherry Oil it, spray it, shellac it, or glaze it. This is how to make cherry look great. By Tim Johnson Cherry is gorgeous wood, but as you’ve probably discovered, it can be nasty to finish. Cherry boards come in all different...
  • 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...
  • 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 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 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 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...
  • Traditional Woven Chair Seats

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 26, 2011
    Weave Traditional Chair Seats Traditional techniques and modern materials produce attractive, durable results. by Tim Johnson Visit any antique or second-hand furniture store and you’ll find great old chairs—such as these solid cherry ladderbacks—that...
  • 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...
  • 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...