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  • AW Extra 6/19/14 - Shallow Cut Eliminates Tear-Out

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    Shallow Cut Eliminates Tear-Out When I crosscut hardwood plywood, I use an old technique to minimize tearout on the bottom face. I simply make two passes with my general-purpose blade. After setting the rip fence, I cut a shallow groove, no more than...
  • Q & A: Bowl-Gouge Sharpening Jigs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    Q & A: Bowl-Gouge Sharpening Jigs Q: Try as I might, I can’t seem to get a good edge on my bowl gouges. Are bowlgouge sharpening jigs worth looking into? A: Bowl-gouge sharpening jigs do a great job. The jigs give many turners a higher degree...
  • AW Extra 5/22/14 - Saber-Saw Cushion

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, May 20, 2014
    Saber-Saw Cushion The next time you use your saber saw, forget about hauling out the sawhorses or cantilevering a hard-to-hold workpiece off your bench. Extruded polystyrene insulation board, the rigid pink sheets used in housing construction, makes saber...
  • Q & A: What's a Tail Vise?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, May 12, 2014
    Q & A: What's a Tail Vise? Q: I am really puzzled as to how the tail vise actually works as I have only used a front vise. A: A tail vise’s main purpose is to hold a board flat on the bench for planing, routing, sanding and so on. The tail...
  • AW Extra 5/8/14 - Clamp Leash

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, May 5, 2014
    Clamp Leash My spring clamps always seem to be out of reach or scattered around the shop. To solve my problem, I suspended my dog’s old leash over my workbench. Now my spring clamps are always accessible. They’re also easy to transport around...
  • Rollers Ease Plywood Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 28, 2014
    Rollers Ease Plywood Storage Before I installed these rollers, sliding plywood in and out of my storage rack used to wear me out. It also damaged the edges of the sheets. Now plywood sheets glide in and out.I cut the 2-1/2-in.-dia. rollers from 3/4-in...
  • AW Extra 3/27/14 - Extra-Large Bandsaw Fence

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 27, 2014
    Extra-Large Bandsaw Fence By Jack Phillips I never throw anything away. Some day, I tell myself, the stuff in that neglected pile of junk will come in handy. I was right! I resurrected my old Craftsman tablesaw fence and turned it into a first-rate bandsaw...
  • AW Extra 3/20/14 - Spray Booth for Waterborne Finishes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 18, 2014
    Spray Booth for Waterborne Finishes Fifty bucks and a few hours is all it takes to put together this finishing booth. It keeps overspray off my tools and dust off my projects. Since I use waterborne finishes, I’m able to use a regular box fan in...
  • Q & A: Soaking Stones

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, February 27, 2014
    Q & A: Soaking Stones Q: I just bought a 6,000-grit Japanese waterstone mounted on a wooden base. Can I soak it like my other stones? Also, what’s the purpose of a Nagura stone? A: Your 6,000-grit waterstone absorbs water quickly and doesn’t...
  • AW Extra 2/27/14 - Accurate Bevels

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, February 27, 2014
    Accurate Bevels The standard angle scale on my bandsaw is too small to read accurately. I made a large, new scale on the back side of my bandsaw and attached a pointer stick to the back edge of the cast iron table. Now I can cut bevels and miters to a...
  • Q & A: Spray-On Crackle Finish

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    Spray-On Crackle Finish Q: Is it possible to get a crackle finish in a pigmented, water-based lacquer that is applied with an HVLP spray gun? If so, please tell me how. A: Yes, it can be done. Put down a base color first (the color that will show through...
  • Bleaching Wood

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 14, 2014
    Bleaching Wood Subtract color to add life. Woodworkers commonly use three types of bleach: chlorine, two-part wood bleach and oxalic acid. Two-part bleach is the only one that actually changes the color of wood; the others remove stains. Read on to find...
  • Q & A: Clean Cuts in a Countertop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 31, 2013
    Clean Cuts in a Countertop Q: I have a plastic laminate countertop that’s about 12 in. too long. I know that plastic laminate tends to chip when cut. How can I trim the countertop to size without creating unsightly chips or splinters? A: If not...
  • Q & A: How Can I Avoid Kickback When Resawing on a Tablesaw?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 17, 2013
    How Can I Avoid Kickback When Resawing on a Tablesaw? Q: Is there a splitter that can be used for resawing on a tablesaw? Mine is hooked onto the blade guard so it won’t work. A: It’s unfortunate but true; you can’t use a conventional...
  • Q & A: Should I Run My Tablesaw on 120 or 240 Volts?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, December 13, 2013
    Should I Run My Tablesaw on 120 or 240 Volts? Q: My contractor’s saw pops a breaker every once in a while, and that’s driving me crazy. I noticed that its motor can be wired for either 120 or 240 volts. I don’t have a 240 circuit in...