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Winter 2013-2014

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 Does My Wood Have Stripes?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    Why Does My Wood Have Stripes? Q: I put a clear finish on a beautiful ash table I made and found faint stripes an inch or two wide going across each board. Any ideas on what caused them and how to get rid of them? A: Those stripes probably won’t...
  • Pivoting Outfeed Support

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, November 4, 2013
    Pivoting Outfeed Support I recently saw an outfeed stand that had a pivoting top.The pivoting action prevents a workpiece from catching the front edge of the outfeed top. Instead, the top just pivots up level as the workpiece passes over it. I figured...
  • 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...
  • The Jigs of Serge Duclos

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, October 18, 2013
    Saddle-Style Push Stick Any push stick adds a measure of safety, but I prefer using one that straddles the saw’s fence. It lifts right off when I’m done. A saddle-style push stick has two clear advantages. First, there’s no chance of...
  • Q & A: How Fast Should a Forstner Bit Spin?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, October 4, 2013
    How Fast Should a Forstner Bit Spin? Q: I just bought a set of Forstner bits for my drill press.The first time I used one I made more smoke than sawdust! How do I figure out the right spindle speed for these bits? A: To find the fastest maximum speed...
  • Q & A: Can I Sharpen My Router Bit?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, October 2, 2013
    Can I Sharpen My Router Bit? Q: I’ve got a carbide router bit that’s caked with pitch and leaves a rough cut. Can I rescue it or should I buy a new one? A: A bit can be brought back from the dead. Take a close look at the cutting edge. If...
  • Q & A: Router Speed Limits

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, September 26, 2013
    Q & A: Router Speed Limits Q: I love my new variable-speed router but I haven’t a clue about selecting the right speed for the job. Any tips? A: Four factors determine how fast your router should go: ■ The diameter of the bit. ■The rate at which...