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  • 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 4/5/12 - Folding Table Base

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, July 18, 2007
    Folding Table Base By Richard Ayers Want a mobile table base that provides a huge work area, holds a ton and folds up to only 7 in. thick? You can get everything you need to make the one shown here at the local home center for about $65. Build it to any...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • Choosing Hand Planes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, January 18, 2012
    Choosing Hand Planes Match the size to the job — that's the key Hand planes come in a bewildering variety of sizes. Why are there so many? I’ll help explain this mystery by dividing the field into four groups, in order of size: block planes...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • 11 Tips for Using Epoxy

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, September 26, 2011
    11 Tips for Using Epoxy By Brad Holden Epoxy is a specialty glue that does more than simply stick wood together. It also fills gaps. That makes it ideal for tackling loose joints, hard-to-clamp parts, repair work and colored inlays. Besides that impressive...
  • The Way Wood Works: Birch

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 12, 2012
    The Way Wood Works: Birch This affordable wood is great for both high-end and utilitarian cabinetry. By Tim Johnson Birch is a hot item at the lumberyard these days, and birch veneer is the all-time most popular hardwood plywood.This isn’t a fad...
  • AW Extra 6/6/13 - Tips for Edging

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 13, 2012
    Tips for Edging By Dave Munkittrick As modern cabinetmakers, we have become so accustomed to using veneered sheet stock it’s hard to imagine building cabinets without it. Sheet stock saves time, money and valuable trees. The veneer can be wood or...
  • 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...