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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Q & A: Slice Steel on Your Bandsaw

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 8, 2014
    Slice Steel on Your Bandsaw Q: I’ve heard of a technique called friction-cutting that allows you to cut steel on a woodworking bandsaw. What is friction-cutting and does it really work? A: Friction-cutting is used in industry for cutting iron-base...
  • AW Extra 7/10/14 - Replaceable Fence Faces

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, July 8, 2014
    Replaceable Fence Faces It’s hard to improve on the performance of a T-square fence, but I think I’ve done it. I got frustrated with clamping on an additional subfence every time I wanted to make a rabbet with a dado set (where part of the...
  • AW Extra 6/26/14 - Glue Squeegee

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 23, 2014
    Glue Squeegee I stack-laminate boards to create turning blanks. Each blank contains numerous laminations, so I have to work fast during assembly. To spread glue quickly and evenly, I use a squeegee designed for silkscreening. You can buy one at an art...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Q & A: Fix a Misaligned Blade-Guide Post

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    Q & A: Fix a Misaligned Blade-Guide Post Q: Every time I change the height of the blade-guide post on my bandsaw, I have to readjust the thrust bearings and the guide blocks. Is there any way to fix this? A: The problem is that your blade-guide post...
  • Q & A: Repair a Sand-Through

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, April 14, 2014
    Q & A: Repair a Sand-Through Q: I went right through the veneer when I was sanding solid-wood edging flush on some plywood shelves. How can I fix it? A: Sanding through a veneer happens to everyone sooner or later. Here’s an old cabinetmaker’s...
  • Q & A: Avoiding Swirl Marks

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    Q & A: Avoiding Swirl Marks Q: I just stained a tabletop and found it covered with tiny swirl marks from my random-orbital sander.What did I do wrong? A: Swirl marks are inevitable. The trick is to use a technique that minimizes their prominence....
  • AW Extras 4/3/14 - Tablesaw Tool Drawer

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    Tablesaw Tool Drawer It seems like I’m always misplacing my push sticks, blade wrench, featherboards and other small tablesaw accessories.To solve my problem I added a shallow drawer under the side feed table. I simply built a wood box that was...
  • Q & A: Safely Rough-Cut Twisted Lumber

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 20, 2014
    Q & A: Safely Rough-Cut Twisted Lumber Q: I buy my lumber rough, and sometimes I get a very twisted or crooked board. What’s a safe way to crosscut and put a straight edge on these awkward boards? A: I use a two-step process for safely prepping...
  • 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...
  • AW Extra 3/13/14 - Pipe Clamp Protectors

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Pipe Clamp Protectors Iron pipe clamps can mar a finished surface and leave nasty black stains if they touch a wet glue line. My solution is to raise the pipe above the surface with corrugated-plastic wiring harness covers sold in automotive stores. They...
  • Q & A: Taking Dimensions From Photos

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 4, 2014
    Q & A: Taking Dimensions From Photos Q: Sometimes a catalog has a piece of furniture that I’d love to build myself. How can I get the dimensions for a piece of furniture off a photograph? A: Try this method for scaling from photos: Start by...
  • 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...