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  • AW Extra 7/26/12 - Master Your Brad Nailer

    by AW-Editor     Monday, July 7, 2008
    Master Your Brad Nailer 5 Tips and products to make your brad nailer safe and easy to use . Avoid the blowout curse A brad that unexpectedly shoots out the side of your project is guaranteed to make you curse, especially if your finger happens to be in...
  • AW Extra 8/16/12 - Sharpening Jig for Jointer and Planer Blades

    by AW-Editor     Monday, July 7, 2008
    Sharpening Jig for Jointer and Planer Blades I’ve tried several different shop-made jigs for sharpening my jointer and planer knives but this one has proved the simplest to use and make. When making this sharpening jig it’s important to make...
  • AW Extra 5/24/12 - 8-ft.Straightedge for $4

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, June 29, 2008
    8-ft. Straightedge for $4 Whenever I have to cut down a sheet of plywood I reach for one of my trusty metal stud straightedges.Metal studs are available in different thicknesses for different applications. A 20-gauge non-load-bearing drywall stud (about...
  • AW Extra 6/14/12 - Convenient Benchtop Protection

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, June 29, 2008
    Convenient Benchtop Protection My workbench is beautiful and I want to keep it that way, so I cover the top with builder’s paper ($7/140-ft. roll at my local home center) whenever I’m gluing or staining. But the heavy roll was hard to handle...
  • AW Extra 1/17/13 - 3 Kitchen Storage Projects

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 19, 2009
    3 Kitchen Storage Projects Squeeze more space from your cabinets with customized roll-outs. by Eric Smith and David Radke It may seem like a paradox, but even kitchens that are overflowing have underutilized space. Many base cabinets are only half used...
  • AW Extra 5/10/12 - Miter Plunging Biscuit Joiner

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, April 17, 2008
    Miter Plunging Biscuit Joiner My biscuit joiner fence does not rotate to 135 degrees, and that is one of my most-often-made joints. To help hold the joiner steady, I add a second mitered piece of wood to the other side of the joint, forming a right angle...
  • AW Extra 1/3/13 - Tips for Installing Shelf Supports

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 24, 2009
    Tips for Installing Shelf Supports by Seth Keller Drilling shelf-support holes is not difficult, but you only get one chance to get it right. If you make a mistake, you’ll get holes that don’t line up and shelves that rock or are way out of...
  • AW Extra 1/10/13 - Honey, I Bought a Log!

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 19, 2009
    Honey, I Bought a Log! For perfectly matched boards, I ordered a whole flitch-cut cherry log. By Joe Gohman I love the look of natural, unstained cherry, but I’ve never had much luck matching its color and figure. Every cherry board I’ve bought...
  • AW Extra 6/7/12 - Fender Washers for Mounting Pictures

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, June 29, 2008
    Fender Washers for Mounting Pictures I enjoy making picture frames but always found it a pain to use tacks or staples to hold the picture in place. Plus tacks and staples are hard to remove when you want to change the picture. That's why I developed...
  • AW Extra 8/9/12 - Picture Frames From Scrap

    by AW-Editor     Monday, July 7, 2008
    Picture Frames from Scrap I finally found a great use for all those pieces of scrap wood that pile up around my shop: I make simple picture frames out of them. As you can see there's not much to them. The size shown here is for a 6- x 6-in.-square...
  • AW Extra 4/26/12 - Circle Center

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, February 28, 2008
    Circle Center By George Vondriska Quickly find and approximate the center of a narrow board by using your fingers like a marking gauge. Set a pencil in your fingers, allowing one finger to run along the face of the board. Make a line parallel to one face...
  • AW Extra 1/31/13 - Furniture Repair Tips

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 2, 2010
    Furniture Repair Tips Tricks for taking it apart and getting it back together. by Mac Wentz Major furniture repair often involves disassembling the piece and putting it back together. Sounds simple enough: knock things apart and glue them back together...
  • 16 Tips for Sharpening

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, June 24, 2010
    16 Tips for Sharpening Understanding the “Why” is just as important as the “How”. By Tom Caspar Hand tools are a pleasure to use–if they're sharp. Once you have a sharp tool in your hands, you'll begin to realize...
  • Butternut

    by American Woodworker Editors     Saturday, July 24, 2010
    Butternut Tips for working with black walnut's blond cousin. By Tim Johnson Butternut is one of our prettiest domestic hardwoods, but most people have never seen it. Butternut trees are rare in urban and suburban landscapes,and retail lumberyards...
  • AW Extra 2/7/13 - Flattening Wide Boards

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, June 3, 2011
    Flattening Wide Boards You don’t need monster machinery to flatten monster boards. By Dave Munkittrick 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...