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  • Q & A: Better Drilling in Plastics

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    Better Drilling in Plastics Q: I make my own guards and router bases from plastic. How can I drill clean holes without the bit grabbing the plastic? A: A simple solution is to file a flat edge on a regular twist bit’s cutting edges (see photos,...
  • Q & A: Cordless Impact Drivers

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 27, 2014
    Q & A: Cordless Impact Drivers Q: What’s the difference between a cordless drill and a cordless impact driver? A: An impact driver is specifically designed to drive threaded fasteners. It’s especially adept at driving large screws and...
  • AW Extra 2/13/14 - Drawing Intersecting Rounds

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 11, 2014
    Drawing Intersecting Rounds Joining two pieces of round stock to make a “T,” such as where a chair post joins a rail, requires a tricky intersection. Your layout must be precise so that you can fit one piece to the other. To find this exact...
  • 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...