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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Q & A: Are Broken Screws Removable?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, March 12, 2013
    Q & A: Are Broken Screws Removable? Q: Argh! I broke off a brass screw while installing a small hinge. Can I get it out? A: Join the club! Every woodworker has faced this problem.The best answer is to drill around the screw with a hollow bit, an unusual...
  • 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...
  • 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 1/2/14 - Tips for Gluing Miters

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, December 30, 2013
    Tips for Gluing Miters By Bruce Wiebe Every woodworker faces their share of miter joints, whether framing a mirror, edge-banding a coffee table or assembling a jewelry box. And even for seasoned woodworkers, gluing miter joints can be frustrating. Gaps...
  • AW Extra 1/16/14 - Mortise Centering Jig

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, July 17, 2013
    Mortise Centering Jig With this jig I can rout mortises exactly centered on the workpiece— no measurement or layout necessary. First I drilled and tapped two holes in my router base plate to take 10-32 machine screws. Both holes were located directly...
  • AW Extra 7/4/13 - Drawer Helper

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, June 3, 2013
    Drawer Helper Desperation is the mother of invention—isn’t that how the old saying should go for woodworkers? I invented this device when I realized that the drawers in my new armoire tipped down way too much. Two of these helpers, one at...
  • 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: 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...
  • AW Extra 11/14/13 - Perfectly Parallel Fence

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, November 12, 2013
    Perfectly Parallel Fence Here’s a quick and easy way to align your tablesaw fence with your miter slot.Plane down a board until it fits into your miter slot without play. Now slide the fence up to the board and use a feeler gauge to determine your...
  • 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: 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”...
  • 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...