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  • AW Extra 9/6/12 - Swing-Out Plywood Storage

    by AW-Editor     Tuesday, July 8, 2008
    Swing-Out Plywood Storage I was looking for a way to keep my small inventory of plywood organized and easy to access. The garage at my town house is small, but I did have a narrow space along one of the sidewalls next to the overhead door. After some...
  • AW Extra 10/18/12 - Ribbed Saw Table Fillers

    by AW-Editor     Friday, August 29, 2008
    Ribbed Saw Table Fillers I like my contractor’s saw just fine, except for the ribbed extension tables. The openings can be a real finger pincher when sliding the rip fence across them. After my last bruised fingernail I decided to do something about...
  • AW Extra 11/15/12 - Snag-Free Hose

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 1, 2008
    Snag-Free Hose By Peter Natoli I love using dust collection with my orbital sander, but the hose always caught on the edge of my workbench. I fixed this problem by suspending the hose and cord using a 1-in.-wide cloth strap with some Velcro on the ends...
  • AW Extra 6/13/13 - 7 Tips for Better Drum Sanding

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, November 4, 2009
    7 Tips for Better Drum Sanding By Randy Johnson If you hate sanding (and who doesn’t?), a drum sander can be a godsend. Just feed in your boards, or even completed doors and other projects, and out they come, perfectly sanded, flat and smooth. And...
  • AW Extra 2/7/13 - Flattening Wide Boards

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, June 3, 2011
    Flattening Wide Boards You don’t need monster machinery to flatten monster boards. By Dave Munkittrick Big, wide boards make my heart race with anticipation. Panels and tabletops are so pleasing to look at when they’re made from a single board...
  • 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...
  • Q & A: Folding Bandsaw Blades

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, October 16, 2012
    Q & A: Folding Bandsaw Blades Q: I once saw someone fold a bandsaw blade for easier storage— how was that done? A: Folding a bandsaw blade can be a bit intimidating when you first attempt it. Armed with sharp teeth and a spring-like tension...
  • Q & A: Cock-Beading on Drawer Fronts

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 13, 2012
    Q & A: Cock-Beading on Drawer Fronts Q: I have plans for a Queen Anne highboy in which the drawer beads are applied as separate strips to the edges of the drawer front. How is this done without creating a problem with cross grain movement? A: Some...
  • Q & A: Keep the Crook

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 4, 2012
    Q & A: Keep the Crook Q: I have some planks with a pronounced crook.The grain is beautiful and I would like to make use of the crook in a desktop design. How can I edge join the boards without loosing the crook? A: Joining curved boards is not as...
  • Q & A: Final Rubout

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 15, 2013
    Q & A: Final Rubout Q: I always have problems getting a smooth finish. I sand the wood with 220 paper,wipe it with a tack cloth, apply three coats of high-quality varnish, and still get a rough surface! What can I do to get that “professional”...
  • AW Extra 4/11/13 - At-Hand Tool Storage

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 31, 2013
    At-Hand Tool Storage By Bob Ungar I hate fumbling around in drawers or digging into cabinets for tools.That’s why I love perf-board. It displays my hand tools out in the open where I can grab them the instant I need them. But, rather than having...
  • AW Extra 5/16/13 - Make Corner Splines

    by woodworkerBryan     Friday, February 15, 2013
    Make Corner Splines Decorative corner splines sure make an ordinary box look great. But they can be a bit dicey to cut on a tablesaw. Let your plate joiner come to the rescue. A simple jig holds the box and the joiner so you can cut slots quickly with...
  • Q & A: Dovetail Jig Set-Up

    by woodworkerBryan     Wednesday, February 20, 2013
    Q & A: Dovetail Jig Set-Up Q: I’ve fallen in love with my dovetail router jig, but my big frustration is setting the depth of the dovetail bit each time. I’ve tried measuring how much the bit should stick out, but that’s awkward...
  • Q & A: Why are new chisels so dull?

    by woodworkerBryan     Wednesday, February 27, 2013
    Q & A: Why are new chisels so dull? Q: Whenever I buy a blade, like a tablesaw blade or a router bit, it’s always sharp.How come when I buy chisels they’re duller than a math lecture on the last day of school? A: Although it seems reasonable...
  • Q & A: Help! My router makes huge sparks!

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 5, 2013
    Q & A: Help! My Router Makes Sparks! Q: When I run my router I see lots of small, blue sparks inside. Recently the sparks have grown larger. Is this OK? A: Nope. Small sparks are normal, but large sparks are an indication that your brushes are wearing...