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  • AW Extra 7/26/12 - Master Your Brad Nailer

    by AW-Editor     Monday, July 7, 2008
    Master Your Brad Nailer 5 Tips and products to make your brad nailer safe and easy to use . Avoid the blowout curse A brad that unexpectedly shoots out the side of your project is guaranteed to make you curse, especially if your finger happens to be in...
  • Jointing With A Planer

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    I came across some wonderful oak boards for a small table I wanted to build. The problem was the boards were too wide for my jointer and I didn’t want to rip them any narrower. I solved my dilemma with this planer sled that allows me to use my planer...
  • AW Extra 8/16/12 - Sharpening Jig for Jointer and Planer Blades

    by AW-Editor     Monday, July 7, 2008
    Sharpening Jig for Jointer and Planer Blades I’ve tried several different shop-made jigs for sharpening my jointer and planer knives but this one has proved the simplest to use and make. When making this sharpening jig it’s important to make...
  • Jig for Router Dadoes

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    For fast and accurate dadoes, this jig is hard to beat. The trick is to run the router against one guide, then back against the other. This allows you to use a 1/2-in. bit, for example, to cut a dado that's 13/16-in. wide or less, to get a perfect...
  • Working with Melamine

    by Tim Johnson     Tuesday, March 3, 2009
    Working with Melamine It's dirt cheap, it's practical, and best of all, there's no sanding and finishing! by Dave Munkittrick Melamine is the professional cabinetmaker’s best friend. Build a cabinet with it and you have a complete, durable...
  • AW Extra 12/20/12 - 11 Drill Press Tips

    by Tim Johnson     Friday, February 20, 2009
    11 Drill Press Tips If you tend to think of your drill press as a boring machine, you may not be using it to its full potential. These tips will help you find new ways to use your drill press and bring out its full potential as an indispensable woodworking...
  • AW Extra 5/24/12 - 8-ft.Straightedge for $4

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, June 29, 2008
    8-ft. Straightedge for $4 Whenever I have to cut down a sheet of plywood I reach for one of my trusty metal stud straightedges.Metal studs are available in different thicknesses for different applications. A 20-gauge non-load-bearing drywall stud (about...
  • Long-Reach Stop for Crosscut Sled

    by Tim Johnson     Sunday, February 22, 2009
    I built the “Ultimate Crosscut Sled” featured in AW #75 (October 1999). It works great, and recently I've added an adjustable stop, which makes it even better. I thought other AW readers would be interested in my upgrade. My 50-in.-capacity...
  • Simple Lumber Maker

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    I've turned my bandsaw into a mini sawmill with the help of one dirt-simple jig and a pair of extension tables. The jig is nothing more than a piece of plywood screwed to the log. It steadies the log when I cut the first slab and provides additional...
  • Vacuum Glue into a Crack

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Last fall while moving into a new house, I dropped my kitchen table off the back of my pickup truck. The solid oak top suffered a serious crack near one corner. I figured some glue and a clamp would take care of it, but the crack was narrow and the glue...
  • Gauge Blocks Aid Biscuit Joiner Setup

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    Gauge blocks work great for quick, accurate biscuit joiner fence settings. All you do is pinch the block between the fence blades. This technique will also ensure the fence is set parallel to the blade. Joiners with rack-and-pinion fence adjustments automatically...
  • Grit-Free Benchtop Weights

    by Tim Johnson     Sunday, February 22, 2009
    I keep a few landscape pavers handy in my workshop to use as hold-downs and weights when clamping is inconvenient. The only problem is that they leave grit behind with every use, and grit and woodworking don't mix. I solved this gritty problem by...
  • Garage-Friendly Assembly Tables

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, July 2, 2009
    Efficient storage is important in my garage shop, so after use, my assembly tables tip, fold, clamp and roll. Each table has one apron-mounted caster ($7 at a home center) and a stabilizer. I used two sheets of 3/4-in. plywood to make the tabletops and...
  • Solvent Decanter

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    I came up with this 5-ft.-tall decanter to recycle my varnish-contaminated mineral spirits. It’s made from standard plumbing supplies from the local home center (about $50). It holds a gallon of mineral spirits and hangs in a cool, dry place, away...
  • $2 Mallet

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 26, 2009
    My favorite chisel whacker comes from my hardware store’s plumbing department. It’s two pieces of malleable black pipe (not cast iron), a nipple and a reducing coupler, wrapped with a bicycle inner tube for a comfortable grip. It costs $2...