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  • 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...
  • Q & A: Setting Jointer Knives

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 1, 2012
    Q & A: Setting Jointer Knives Q: How can I set my jointer knives without using a jig? A: A wood block and a pencil will do the job on a jointer with an adjustable outfeed table. If the outfeed table on your jointer doesn’t adjust, you’re...
  • Q & A: Restoring a Blued Chisel

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 22, 2012
    Q & A: Restoring a Blued Chisel Q: The first thing I did with my new grinder was to blue the edge of a chisel. Is there anything I can do to save it? A: Most woodworkers have faced this problem at some point. The only practical solution is to remove...
  • Q & A: Mortise and Tenon Dimensions

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 5, 2012
    Q & A: Mortise and Tenon Dimensions Q: I would like to use mortise and tenon joinery on a project. Are there any rules of thumb for sizing mortise and tenon joints? A: Here are a few good rules of thumb for designing a mortise and tenon joint: For...
  • Q & A: Cock-Beading on Drawer Fronts

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 13, 2012
    Q & A: Cock-Beading on Drawer Fronts Q: I have plans for a Queen Anne highboy in which the drawer beads are applied as separate strips to the edges of the drawer front. How is this done without creating a problem with cross grain movement? A: Some...
  • Q & A: Which Glue for Bent Lamination?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 20, 2012
    Q & A: Which Glue for Bent Lamination? Q: A chair design I’m working on requires bent laminations for the back spindles. I’m using maple and am having a hard time keeping the glue lines from jumping out. Any suggestions? A: Because bent...
  • Q & A: Router Bit Slipping

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, November 28, 2012
    Q & A: Router Bit Slipping Q: Is there any reason why my router bits are suddenly slipping? I have had this router for years without any trouble. A: Because you haven’t had trouble with bits slipping before, the problem is probably not with...
  • Q & A: Keep the Crook

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 4, 2012
    Q & A: Keep the Crook Q: I have some planks with a pronounced crook.The grain is beautiful and I would like to make use of the crook in a desktop design. How can I edge join the boards without loosing the crook? A: Joining curved boards is not as...
  • Q & A: Cupped Door Panels

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 17, 2012
    Q & A: Cupped Door Panels Q: Recently I glued up some 1⁄4-in. panels for cabinet doors.My other life kept me out of the shop for a week and when I returned the panels had a 5⁄16-in. cup in them. I tried bending them back with clamps and...
  • Q & A: Pencil Mark Cleanup

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 17, 2012
    Q & A: Pencil Mark Cleanup Q: How do I get the pencil marks off my oak plywood bookcase? I tried using an eraser, but that didn’t get down into the open grain.When I tried sanding it out I ended up erasing the paper-thin veneer instead! I don’t...
  • Q & A: Installing Threaded Inserts

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 8, 2013
    Q & A: Installing Threaded Inserts Q: I made a jig that needed threaded inserts but I had one heck of a time installing them by hand. They went in cockeyed and I trashed their slots.What am I doing wrong? A: The most common kind of threaded insert...
  • Q & A: Final Rubout

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 15, 2013
    Q & A: Final Rubout Q: I always have problems getting a smooth finish. I sand the wood with 220 paper,wipe it with a tack cloth, apply three coats of high-quality varnish, and still get a rough surface! What can I do to get that “professional”...
  • 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: Truing a Framing Square

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    Q & A: Truing a Framing Square Q: I just inherited my grandpa’s framing square. It’s big and heavy and I’d like to use it but it isn’t square! How on earth can I fix it? A: Get yourself a hammer and a center punch. Then: 1...
  • Q & A: Rusty Router Collets

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 5, 2013
    Q & A: Rusty Router Collets Q: Returning to my shop after working outside this summer, I noticed a rusty film on my router collets and bits.What’s the best way to remove the rust without damaging the collets and bits? A: Use a synthetic steel...