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  • Q & A: Bandsaw Tire True-Up

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, March 30, 2012
    Bandsaw Tire True-Up Q: How can I fix a bandsaw tire with irregularities that bump the blade? I’m getting a lot of side-to-side movement with the blade. A: Truing the hard rubber tire that goes around the rim of each bandsaw wheel should solve your...
  • The Way Wood Works: Reading Grain Direction

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, July 2, 2012
    The Way Wood Works: Reading Grain Direction By Tom Caspar “Going against the grain” is a familiar phrase. It means doing something the wrong way.When you’re talking about wood, you always want to go with the grain—cutting or planing...
  • Mortising by Machine

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, September 10, 2012
    Q & A: Mortising By Machine Q: I’m having trouble with my mortising machine. I cut mortises by slightly overlapping each hole, but I’ve broken a few bits and my chisels have overheated and turned blue. Is there a problem with my method...
  • Q & A: Nailer Blowout

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, August 29, 2012
    Nailer Blowout Q: I am building an entertainment center with a solid-oak face frame, and an MDF-core plywood and oak veneer carcass. When I was nailing the face frame to the carcass, the nails kept coming out the sides, even though I was holding the nailer...
  • Q & A: Knot Repair

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, August 27, 2012
    Q & A: Knot Repair Question: I’m working on an oak table with a top made from three 12-in. wide, 3/4-in. thick boards. One of the boards has a tight knot that’s about 1-1/2 in. across. There are some small voids around the knot that need...
  • Q & A: Rust and Mold on Waterstones

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, August 21, 2012
    Q & A: Rust and Mold on Waterstones Question: My set of Norton waterstones has recently developed two problems. First, a brownish stain appears when I sharpen my chisels and plane irons. Could this be rust? My second problem is mold, probably the...