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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...