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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Glue Squeegee

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 9, 2009
    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 silk-screening. You can buy one at an art supply store...