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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Q & A: Cordless Impact Drivers

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 27, 2014
    Q & A: Cordless Impact Drivers Q: What’s the difference between a cordless drill and a cordless impact driver? A: An impact driver is specifically designed to drive threaded fasteners. It’s especially adept at driving large screws and...
  • Q & A: Board too Wide for Jointer

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Q & A: Board too Wide for Jointer Q: I’ve got some beautiful planks that are too wide for my jointer. I really don’t want to rip them down to size and risk breaking up the grain pattern. What can I do? A: This is a common problem for which...
  • Q & A: How tight does my blade have to be?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 3, 2013
    How tight does my blade have to be? Q: I have a heck of a time loosening the arbor nut when I switch blades on my tablesaw. How hard do I really have to crank on that nut when I tighten it? A: Don’t knock yourself out tightening that arbor nut!...
  • Q & A: Do blade stiffeners and stabilizers really help?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, November 22, 2013
    Do Blade Stiffeners and Stabilizers Really Help? Q: I’m trying to get a super-smooth cut on my contractor’s saw. I’ve seen blade “stabilizers” for sale. Do they work? A: Two devices can help both standard and thin-kerf blades...
  • Q & A: Why Predrill Screw Holes?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 29, 2013
    Why Predrill Screw Holes? Q: I think predrilling screw holes is a real drag, so I rarely do it. Most screws seem to work fine without all that bother. Why are you always advocating predrilling? A: Call us old fashioned,but when you’re working in...
  • Q & A: Prescription Safety Glasses

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, October 23, 2013
    Prescription Safety Glasses Q: I hate fumbling with goggles over my prescription glasses, so I’ve given up. Don’t regular glasses protect my eyes well enough in the workshop? A: No. Normal prescription glasses, even if they have plastic lenses...
  • Q & A: How Do You Make New Hardware Look Old?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 15, 2013
    How Do You Make New Hardware Look Old? Q: I’m missing some hardware on an old piece of furniture. I found some replacements, but they’re way too shiny and new-looking. What do I do? A: If your new hardware is solid brass, solid steel,or plated...
  • Q & A: Silencing a Squeaky Tablesaw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 27, 2013
    Q & A: Silencing a Squeaky Tablesaw Q: My tablesaw screeches like nails on a chalkboard whenever I adjust the blade.WD-40 made the noise go away for a while, but now it’s back. What do I do? A: That sound can drive you crazy! It’s a clear...
  • Q & A: Jointer Quandary

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 20, 2013
    Q & A: Jointer Quandary Q: I’ve been having trouble getting boards straight their full length on my new jointer. I spent an hour carefully resetting the knives, but that didn’t help. Do you think it’s me or the machine? A: Could...
  • Q & A: Which Square Should I Buy?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 23, 2013
    Q & A: Which Square Should I Buy? Q: I’m starting off in woodworking and am confused by the number of squares available. Some look pretty sophisticated and are fairly pricey.What should I look for in a good, all-around shop square? A: “My...
  • Q & A: Clean Bandsaw Tires

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 2, 2013
    Q & A: Clean Bandsaw Tires Q: My bandsaw tires have a buildup of pitch and sawdust that seems to be embedded right into the rubber. What’s the best way to clean my tires? A: An excessive buildup of sawdust and pitch on your tires can lead to...
  • 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...
  • 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: 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: 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...