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  • Jointing With A Planer

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    I came across some wonderful oak boards for a small table I wanted to build. The problem was the boards were too wide for my jointer and I didn’t want to rip them any narrower. I solved my dilemma with this planer sled that allows me to use my planer...
  • Working with Melamine

    by Tim Johnson     Tuesday, March 3, 2009
    Working with Melamine It's dirt cheap, it's practical, and best of all, there's no sanding and finishing! by Dave Munkittrick Melamine is the professional cabinetmaker’s best friend. Build a cabinet with it and you have a complete, durable...
  • Good-Looking Panels

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 24, 2009
    Nothing makes a cabinet look worse than door panels with unattractive grain that runs at weird angles. It pays to be picky about grain direction, even if it means wasting some plywood. After assembling your door frames without glue, slide them around...
  • Using Wet Wood

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    Q. I'm building outdoor furniture from rough cedar. When I cut the wood, it's soaking wet on the inside. Should I use polyurethane glue since it's a moisture-cure glue? A. Not when the wood is that wet. Polyurethane glue uses moisture to cure...
  • Wood Stabilizer Prevents Cracks

    by Tom Caspar     Sunday, February 22, 2009
    Q. A recent storm left a large tree limb in our yard. I'd like to slice cross sections for plaques and trivets. How do I keep the slices from splitting as they dry? A. Pentacryl wood preservative is an excellent product made for this very purpose...
  • Inexpensive Blade for Suspect Lumber

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, October 15, 2009
    I’m always on the lookout for orphaned boards. I’ve reclaimed lots of useful material from old pallets, downed trees, remodeling job sites and salvage yards; I’ve even rescued weathered siding from old barns. I try to remove all the...
  • Great Wood - Quartersawn Sycamore

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, July 2, 2010
    Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) is North America’s tallest hardwood. It is a close-textured wood with interlocking grain that makes it notoriously difficult to split. Because of its toughness and resistance to splitting, sycamore is often used...
  • Lacewood

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 22, 2010
    Whenever you’re looking for some wood with “wow” appeal, consider lacewood. Large rays create the intricate, lace-like pattern. The lustrous ray tissue reflects light and contrasts beautifully with the dull, red-colored wood it’s...
  • 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 1/24/13 - The Way Wood Works: Curly Wood

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 14, 2011
    The Way Wood Works: Curly Wood How to buy, machine and finish this amazing wood. By Tom Caspar Hidden within a few trees in every forest lies a mysteriously distorted wood that has always fascinated woodworkers. You can’t spot curly wood from the...
  • Figured Cherry

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, June 23, 2011
    Figured Cherry Spectacular wood and where to get it. By Dave Munkittrick Nature truly is the greatest artist and figured cherry is living proof. If you’ve ever admired the fluid motion of a flag in a breeze or ripples of sand along a quiet beach...
  • 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...
  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Plastic Lumber

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 10, 2009
    by Brad Holden No, we haven’t changed our name to American Plasticworker. I love wood, with all its beautiful textures, figures and smells. But I also enjoy experimenting with different materials. So I decided to try some of the plastic lumber available...
  • Ipe - Wood or Metal?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    Ipe - Wood or Metal? By Tom Caspar Ipe (pronounced E-pay) is a South American wood as exotic as its name. When you hold a piece, you know it’s something special. Ipe sinks in water like cast iron, is hard as nails and polishes like brass. Of course...