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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Overhead Clamp Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 18, 2009
    by Frank Muhvich Storage space is limited in my shop, so my pipe clamps hang from the ceiling. I made this rack from 3/4-in. plywood and attached it to the ceiling joists with 3-in. decking screws. A center block prevents the handles from rotating when...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Double Duty Clamp Rack

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 11, 2009
    by Brian Rajewski One sure thing about clamps is that they’re never close enough when you need them. That’s why I devised this rolling rack. Its 4-in. locking swivel casters easily plow through sawdust and over cracks and power cords (see...
  • AW Extra 5/3/12 - Machine Floor Locks

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, April 17, 2008
    Machine Floor Locks Anyone with a machine on wheels— especially a tablesaw or planer— understands the necessity of locking it in place before using it. I use a pair of toggle clamps connected to rods. I position the machine where I want it...
  • Handy Clamp Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 2, 2009
    I store my clamps under my assembly table so they’re always right where I need them. I made a frame to hold the clamps and attached it to the table’s base. The frame is made of 2x10 lumber with a 3/4-in.-thick back, so it’s sturdy enough...
  • AW Extra 9/20/12 - How to Deal with Knots

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, July 8, 2008
    How to Deal with Knots Knotty boards are beautiful, yet frustrating! Here’s how to get the most out of them. By Tom Caspar Knots are usually considered defects in wood. They’re cut out of boards and thrown on a scrap heap. But take a closer...
  • 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....
  • 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...