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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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: Board too Wide for Jointer

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Q & A: Board too Wide for Jointer Q: I’ve got some beautiful planks that are too wide for my jointer. I really don’t want to rip them down to size and risk breaking up the grain pattern. What can I do? A: This is a common problem for which...
  • 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...
  • Q & A: Jointing Thick Wood with a Router

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 2, 2013
    Q & A: Jointing Thick Wood with a Router Q: I have a very small shop and don’t have the space for large machines like jointers and planers. I need to make thick table legs from three 3/4-in. boards that I glued together. I think I can joint...
  • Q & A: Truing a Framing Square

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    Q & A: Truing a Framing Square Q: I just inherited my grandpa’s framing square. It’s big and heavy and I’d like to use it but it isn’t square! How on earth can I fix it? A: Get yourself a hammer and a center punch. Then: 1...
  • 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,”...
  • 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: Final Rubout

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 15, 2013
    Q & A: Final Rubout Q: I always have problems getting a smooth finish. I sand the wood with 220 paper,wipe it with a tack cloth, apply three coats of high-quality varnish, and still get a rough surface! What can I do to get that “professional”...
  • Pivoting Outfeed Support

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 4, 2013
    Pivoting Outfeed Support I recently saw an outfeed stand that had a pivoting top.The pivoting action prevents a workpiece from catching the front edge of the outfeed top. Instead, the top just pivots up level as the workpiece passes over it. I figured...
  • Q & A: Why Does My Wood Have Stripes?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    Why Does My Wood Have Stripes? Q: I put a clear finish on a beautiful ash table I made and found faint stripes an inch or two wide going across each board. Any ideas on what caused them and how to get rid of them? A: Those stripes probably won’t...