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  • Q & A: Is Blue-Stained Pine OK?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, October 31, 2012
    Q & A: Is Blue-Stained Pine OK? Q: I have some pine that was given to me.The price was right but the wood is full of blue stain. Is it safe to use this wood for painted projects or as a secondary wood? A: Blue stain is a common fungus that infects...
  • 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: Lock Miter Joint

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 12, 2013
    Q & A: Lock Miter Joint Q: How do you set up a lock miter bit? A: There are two critical adjustments (Fig. A). First, you set the bit’s height; second, you position the fence. Once that’s done, you can rout both sides of a lock miter joint...
  • Q & A: Best Grinder for Woodworking

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 8, 2013
    Q & A: Best Grinder for Woodworking Q: I’d like to buy a grinder that will handle a variety of maintenance projects and also be good for sharpening my woodworking tools.What should I look for? A: Finding a bench grinder that’s good for...