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  • AW Extra 4/19/12 - Bandsawing Inside Curves

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, February 28, 2008
    Bandsawing Inside Curves This is a useful trick when bandsawing inside curves. It requires no marking and no special jig. First I cut a shallow slot in a piece of scrap and attach it to the bandsaw fence, as shown. The radius of the cut, “R,”...
  • 12 Tips for Better Biscuit Joining

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, October 15, 2009
    12 Tips for Better Biscuit Joining Improve performance and expand function. By Richard Tendick Make corner splines Decorative corner splines sure make an ordinary box look great. But they can be a bit dicey to cut on a tablesaw. Let your plate joiner...
  • 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...
  • Q & A: Bandsaw Tire True-Up

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, March 30, 2012
    Bandsaw Tire True-Up Q: How can I fix a bandsaw tire with irregularities that bump the blade? I’m getting a lot of side-to-side movement with the blade. A: Truing the hard rubber tire that goes around the rim of each bandsaw wheel should solve your...
  • 19 Tips for Buying and Using Rough Lumber

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 8, 2012
    Tips for Buying and Using Rough Lumber Buy smart to get the best deals and the best wood. By Tim Johnson Start out thick Rough lumber thicknesses are measured in 1/4-in. increments. The thinnest rough-cut boards, labeled 4/4, and called four quarter,...
  • The Way Wood Works: Reading Grain Direction

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 2, 2012
    The Way Wood Works: Reading Grain Direction By Tom Caspar “Going against the grain” is a familiar phrase. It means doing something the wrong way.When you’re talking about wood, you always want to go with the grain—cutting or planing...
  • Q & A: Removing Old Glue

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, September 17, 2012
    Removing Old Glue Q: I’ve got some old furniture that’s been reglued too many times. How do I get the old glue off so I can get back to clean wood? A: If your furniture was made before World War I, there’s a good chance it was put together...
  • Q & A: Cutting Gauge Tune-Up

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, September 24, 2012
    Cutting Gauge Tune-Up Q: I bought a new marking gauge to cut across the grain when I lay out tenon shoulders and dovetails. The problem is, it doesn’t make a clean cut. All I get is a raggedy line.How can I sharpen the tiny cutting knife to make...
  • Q & A: Setting Jointer Knives

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 1, 2012
    Q & A: Setting Jointer Knives Q: How can I set my jointer knives without using a jig? A: A wood block and a pencil will do the job on a jointer with an adjustable outfeed table. If the outfeed table on your jointer doesn’t adjust, you’re...
  • Q & A: Matching Old Stains

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, October 5, 2012
    Q & A: Matching Old Stains Q: I have to match an old stain. I’ve come pretty close with a new stain I bought at the hardware store, but it’s not good enough. Is there a way I can tint the stain? A: There are several fairly simple ways...
  • Q & A: Folding Bandsaw Blades

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 16, 2012
    Q & A: Folding Bandsaw Blades Q: I once saw someone fold a bandsaw blade for easier storage— how was that done? A: Folding a bandsaw blade can be a bit intimidating when you first attempt it. Armed with sharp teeth and a spring-like tension...
  • Q & A: Restoring a Blued Chisel

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 22, 2012
    Q & A: Restoring a Blued Chisel Q: The first thing I did with my new grinder was to blue the edge of a chisel. Is there anything I can do to save it? A: Most woodworkers have faced this problem at some point. The only practical solution is to remove...
  • Q & A: Is Blue-Stained Pine OK?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, October 31, 2012
    Q & A: Is Blue-Stained Pine OK? Q: I have some pine that was given to me.The price was right but the wood is full of blue stain. Is it safe to use this wood for painted projects or as a secondary wood? A: Blue stain is a common fungus that infects...
  • Q & A: Mortise and Tenon Dimensions

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 5, 2012
    Q & A: Mortise and Tenon Dimensions Q: I would like to use mortise and tenon joinery on a project. Are there any rules of thumb for sizing mortise and tenon joints? A: Here are a few good rules of thumb for designing a mortise and tenon joint: For...