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  • Q & A: Bowl-Gouge Sharpening Jigs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    Q & A: Bowl-Gouge Sharpening Jigs Q: Try as I might, I can’t seem to get a good edge on my bowl gouges. Are bowlgouge sharpening jigs worth looking into? A: Bowl-gouge sharpening jigs do a great job. The jigs give many turners a higher degree...
  • AW Extra 11/21/13 - Tablesaw Tapering Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 19, 2013
    Tablesaw Tapering Jig I recently built a pair of garden benches that required several identical parts that were tapered on both sides.To make the job easier, I built this jig that worked for both angles. The two screws make setting the angles quick and...
  • AW Extra 1/16/14 - Mortise Centering Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, July 17, 2013
    Mortise Centering Jig With this jig I can rout mortises exactly centered on the workpiece— no measurement or layout necessary. First I drilled and tapped two holes in my router base plate to take 10-32 machine screws. Both holes were located directly...
  • Router Scarfing Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 11, 2013
    Router Scarfing Jig Boatbuilders often need to join boards end to end to make longer planks. Instead of a butt joint they make a long taper on each board and overlap the ends. This is called a scarf joint. One or two scarf joints are easily planed by...
  • AW Extra 7/25/13 - Precision Planing Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Precision Planing Jig Achieving exact thickness is really important when making splines to reinforce box corners. The splines have to fit perfectly in the saw kerfs—a few thousandths of an inch one way or the other can make a big difference. I cut...
  • Q & A: How Much Light?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 22, 2013
    Q & A: How Much Light? Q: My husband wants to turn our basement into a TV room so I have to move my shop to the garage. I want to fix it up right and one of the big questions I have is how much lighting do I need? A: Pages could be written on how...
  • Q & A: Dovetail Jig Set-Up

    by woodworkerBryan     Wednesday, February 20, 2013
    Q & A: Dovetail Jig Set-Up Q: I’ve fallen in love with my dovetail router jig, but my big frustration is setting the depth of the dovetail bit each time. I’ve tried measuring how much the bit should stick out, but that’s awkward...
  • Drawer Slide Tracing Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 4, 2010
    I recently needed a jig to trace lathe turnings. I tried a variety of designs but none produced the accuracy or ease of operation that I wanted. While rummaging around my shop, I discovered an extra set of 10-in. ball bearing drawer slides (see Sources...
  • Adjustable Board Support

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, June 30, 2009
    In the good old days, when a woodworker wanted to plane a board’s edge, he’d clamp one end in the bench’s face vise and support the cantilevered end with a free-standing device called a “deadman”. My modernized version mounts...
  • Gauge Blocks Aid Biscuit Joiner Setup

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    Gauge blocks work great for quick, accurate biscuit joiner fence settings. All you do is pinch the block between the fence blades. This technique will also ensure the fence is set parallel to the blade. Joiners with rack-and-pinion fence adjustments automatically...
  • Mobile Machine Caddy

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    My shop space is so limited-only 12 feet square-that I designed this system to house four machines: belt-disc sander, miter saw station, drill press and planer. Each machine has an accessory storage tray below. With all the machines down I have a clear...
  • Grind Your Own Knives

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    With this simple jig, a drill press and a cup grinder, I can sharpen any jointer or planer knife. First I make a hardwood block and cut it to 1/16 in. less than the length of the knives. Then I add a retaining piece at each end, as shown. Install a medium...
  • Jig for Router Dadoes

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    For fast and accurate dadoes, this jig is hard to beat. The trick is to run the router against one guide, then back against the other. This allows you to use a 1/2-in. bit, for example, to cut a dado that's 13/16-in. wide or less, to get a perfect...
  • Template for Rounded Corners

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    This guide takes only a minute to make and helps you make perfect corners in four different diameters. Simply use a different sized coin (penny, nickel, dime, quarter) to create the four radii.
  • Rock-Solid Bench Support

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    The face vise on my workbench didn't hold long boards rigidly enough until I added this adjustable "bench slave." And it only cost about $30. First I milled a board to attach to the leg, making sure it was thick enough to fit flush with...