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Winter 2013-2014

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  • AW Extra 6/26/14 - Glue Squeegee

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 23, 2014
    Glue Squeegee I stack-laminate boards to create turning blanks. Each blank contains numerous laminations, so I have to work fast during assembly. To spread glue quickly and evenly, I use a squeegee designed for silkscreening. You can buy one at an art...
  • Q & A: Glue-Line Rip Blade

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 6, 2014
    Q & A: Glue-Line Rip Blade Q: I use my jointer to clean up sawn edges before glue-up. The results are great except when I try to joint figured wood. Any suggestions? A: Jointing highly figured wood often leaves nasty tear-out. It’s times like...
  • AW Extra 3/13/14 - Pipe Clamp Protectors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Pipe Clamp Protectors Iron pipe clamps can mar a finished surface and leave nasty black stains if they touch a wet glue line. My solution is to raise the pipe above the surface with corrugated-plastic wiring harness covers sold in automotive stores. They...
  • AW Extra 1/2/14 - Tips for Gluing Miters

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 30, 2013
    Tips for Gluing Miters By Bruce Wiebe Every woodworker faces their share of miter joints, whether framing a mirror, edge-banding a coffee table or assembling a jewelry box. And even for seasoned woodworkers, gluing miter joints can be frustrating. Gaps...
  • AW Extra 10/10/13 - Working Alone

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 8, 2013
    Working Alone Solitary Strategies for Three-Handed Tasks By Tim Johnson One of woodworking’s major attractions is being able to say, “I built that myself.” On the surface, this statement is about mastering skills and techniques. But...
  • Q & A: Does Polyurethane Glue Fill Gaps?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 4, 2013
    Q & A: Does Polyurethane Glue Fill Gaps? Q: I hate it when I slip up and make a joint that doesn’t fit tight. I heard that polyurethane glue will fill gaps and hold a loose joint together better than yellow glue. Is that true? A: The largest...
  • AW Extra 9/19/13 - Self-Storing Glue Kit

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Self-Storing Glue Kit Gluing up a project can turn ugly in a hurry if you don’t have all your supplies on hand. I put together a kit that contains everything I need: a small white-nylon paintbrush for spreading glue, a putty knife, a wooden wedge...
  • Q & A: Clean Up Squeeze Out

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 28, 2013
    Q & A: Clean Up Squeeze Out Q: I saw one of those woodworking wizards on television the other day. As I watched the guy build a three-day project in 30 minutes, I noticed he washed off glue squeeze out with a wet cloth immediately after clamping....
  • Q & A: Perfectly Flush?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 17, 2013
    Q & A: Perfectly Flush? Q: I recently bought a plate joiner in hopes that it would help me get perfect alignment when edge-to-edge gluing. I’m still getting some unevenness at the joints.What gives? A: Biscuits help considerably with alignment...
  • Q & A: Rub-Joint Gluing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 22, 2013
    Q & A: Rub-Joint Gluing Q: My panel glue ups drive me nuts because the boards slide around whenever I clamp them together. Then I end up beating them back into position. What’s going on? A: Most likely you’re putting too much glue on the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 3/7/13 - 10 Tips for Gluing Miters

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, September 26, 2011
    10 Tips for Gluing Miters By Bruce Wiebe Every woodworker faces their share of miter joints, whether framing a mirror, edge-banding a coffee table or assembling a jewelry box. And even for seasoned woodworkers, gluing miter joints can be frustrating....
  • Spring Clamps Reduce Glue-Up Stress

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 26, 2010
    Gluing up a cabinet in a one-person shop can be stressful. Thankfully, I found a simple cure. A pair of 3-in. spring clamps make sturdy tripod supports on the ends of cabinet parts.They hold everything up while you fit the parts together.Now I don’t...
  • Quick Router Dado Setup

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 26, 2010
    I shorten the time it takes to rout dadoes with a simple jig made from acrylic.A small, 6-in.x 24-in.piece will do.Mark the point where your router base will ride against the straightedge. Then, measure the exact distance from that point to the center...