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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Q & A: Cutting Gauge Tune-Up

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, September 24, 2012
    Cutting Gauge Tune-Up Q: I bought a new marking gauge to cut across the grain when I lay out tenon shoulders and dovetails. The problem is, it doesn’t make a clean cut. All I get is a raggedy line.How can I sharpen the tiny cutting knife to make...
  • Q & A: Folding Bandsaw Blades

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 16, 2012
    Q & A: Folding Bandsaw Blades Q: I once saw someone fold a bandsaw blade for easier storage— how was that done? A: Folding a bandsaw blade can be a bit intimidating when you first attempt it. Armed with sharp teeth and a spring-like tension...
  • Q & A: Veneered-Plywood Tear-Out

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, December 6, 2012
    Q & A: Veneered-Plywood Tear-Out 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: Assuming your dado set...
  • 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...
  • Q & A: Help! My router makes huge sparks!

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 5, 2013
    Q & A: Help! My Router Makes Sparks! Q: When I run my router I see lots of small, blue sparks inside. Recently the sparks have grown larger. Is this OK? A: Nope. Small sparks are normal, but large sparks are an indication that your brushes are wearing...
  • Q & A: Are Broken Screws Removable?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 12, 2013
    Q & A: Are Broken Screws Removable? Q: Argh! I broke off a brass screw while installing a small hinge. Can I get it out? A: Join the club! Every woodworker has faced this problem.The best answer is to drill around the screw with a hollow bit, an unusual...
  • Q & A: How do you cut curves in glass?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 18, 2013
    Q & A: How do you cut curves in glass? Q: My up-and-coming star pitcher accidentally hurled her baseball through a glass pane in our family room hutch. Usually, I’d just get out my glass cutter and make a replacement pane, but this one’s...
  • Q & A: Why did my dovetail bit break?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, March 25, 2013
    Q & A: Why did my dovetail bit break? Q: I’ve snapped off the tips of my dovetail router bit twice now while cutting sliding dovetails in hard maple. I don’t want to get burned again. What am I doing wrong? A: A dovetail bit does indeed...
  • 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: 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: Salvaging a Rusty Plane Iron

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, May 15, 2013
    Q & A: Salvaging a Rusty Plane Iron Q: I’ve got an old plane that my grandfather left me. I’d like to use it, but its cutting iron is really rusty. Do I need to buy a new one? A: Don’t throw away that iron yet. Flattening the back...
  • Q & A: Sanding Scratches Revealed

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, May 20, 2013
    Q & A: Sanding Scratches Revealed Q: What can I do to see sanding scratches before I apply stain? I always miss some of them until it’s too late. A: Doesn’t that drive you crazy? Just when you should be home free, wham! Now you’re...
  • 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: Easy Drawer Dividers

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 5, 2013
    Q & A: Easy Drawer Dividers Q: Help! The junk drawer in our kitchen is out of control! I have trouble finding anything in there. Is there a simple way to add dividers to my kitchen drawers without taking them apart? A: You bet! Here’s a way...
  • Q & A: One Step at a Time

    by woodworkerBryan     Monday, June 24, 2013
    Q & A: One Step at a Time Q: ARGH! I cut all the parts according to the cutting list and my face-frame came up short! I worked out the math and the cutting list was correct. What went wrong? A: Rule number one when building complex projects directly...