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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Vacuum Glue into a Crack

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Last fall while moving into a new house, I dropped my kitchen table off the back of my pickup truck. The solid oak top suffered a serious crack near one corner. I figured some glue and a clamp would take care of it, but the crack was narrow and the glue...
  • Grit-Free Benchtop Weights

    by Tim Johnson     Sunday, February 22, 2009
    I keep a few landscape pavers handy in my workshop to use as hold-downs and weights when clamping is inconvenient. The only problem is that they leave grit behind with every use, and grit and woodworking don't mix. I solved this gritty problem by...
  • Spread Biscuit Slot Glue

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    4. Apply Glue With An Acid Brush Glue must be evenly applied throughout the biscuit slot to get the strongest joint possible. The easiest way? Squirt some glue into the slot and then run a glue brush, sometimes called an acid brush, through the slot until...
  • 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...
  • Clamp Doubles as Tail Vise

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    After years of wishing my old workbench had a tail vise, I realized I could make one of my new Jorgensen Cabinet Master bar clamps do the job. All I had to do was reverse the sliding lower jaw (it's removable) and mount the bar and fixed jaw under...
  • Pipe-Clamp Vise

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    My bench has only one vise, so it needs to be versatile. The jaws on my vise can be positioned to hold objects flat on the bench or cantilevered off the end. In addition, the clamp is removable, so I can still use it for regular clamping jobs. My vise...
  • Quick-Action Miter Saw Stop

    by AW-Editor     Wednesday, September 3, 2008
    I got tired of clamping a block to my miter saw fence every time I wanted to make a stop cut, so I made this adjustable quick-action stop. Unlike a spring clamp, once this baby’s clamped to the saw fence, it stays put! My stop is based on a locking...
  • Extend Working Time for Glue-Ups

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 5, 2008
    When it's hot, or when I'm gluing a complex assembly, yellow glue is hard to use, because it sets up too fast. To slow the drying, I just dampen the wood before I apply the glue. I admit I didn't try this technique until I called a glue company...
  • Eliminate Pipe Stains

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, October 15, 2009
    I learned the hard way that pipe clamps leave ugly black stains during glue-ups wherever they contact wet wood. Those stains are hard to sand out! Fortunately, I’ve discovered an inexpensive solution that keeps all my glue-ups pristine. For a couple...
  • Power-Grip Clamp Handles

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, November 25, 2009
    I love adjustable clamps, but I used to have trouble gripping and tightening the handles, especially at the end of a long day. Glued-on pieces of drawer liner ($5 per roll at most home centers) make them much easier to use. Two or three wraps make a comfortable...
  • Inside/Outside Frame Clamping

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 8, 2009
    I love making small picture frames but I had a problem keeping them square during clamping. I fixed my problem by making a pair of squaring blocks that I spring clamp to the inside of the frame parts before adding the band clamp. I also use outside corner...
  • Easy-Tighten Bar Clamps

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, January 22, 2010
    Bar clamps are great tools, but sometimes it’s tough to get a good grip on the small wood handle. To get extra torque, I drilled a hole in the handle and inserted a dowel. It gives me a lot more twisting oomph with a lot less hand strain. I drilled...
  • Quick-Release Hose Clamp

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, February 10, 2010
    I have a couple tools from which I frequently remove the dust collector hoses. I got tired of getting out my screwdriver and cranking out the adjustment bolt every time. After a bit of experimenting I came up with this quick-release solution that uses...
  • A Great Glue Bottle Tip

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 29, 2010
    A Great Glue Bottle Tip I like the narrow tip on refillable glue bottles. What I don’t like is the tiny little cap, which is very easy to lose. The other day I was pawing through shavings on the floor looking for my lost cap when the pencil in my...
  • Corner Clamps for Better Miters

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 22, 2010
    This shop-made miter clamp has many of the same advantages as the expensive metal ones. It’s strong, easy to use,holds project parts both square and flat and allows you to adjust one part at a time.The slot in the bottom lets you examine the back...