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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Q & A: Router Table Miter Joints

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, April 9, 2014
    Q & A: Router Table Miter Joints Q: I plan to build some jewelry boxes with mitered corners, but my contractor’s saw does a poor job of cutting miters. Can I use my router table to cut the mitered joints? A: A 45-degree chamfer bit mounted in...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Q & A: Board too Wide for Jointer

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Q & A: Board too Wide for Jointer Q: I’ve got some beautiful planks that are too wide for my jointer. I really don’t want to rip them down to size and risk breaking up the grain pattern. What can I do? A: This is a common problem for which...
  • 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...
  • Q & A: Chisel Sharpening Angles

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    Grind a new 25-degree bevel. Grind all the way up to the leading end. Make sure the end is square within a few degrees. To prevent overheating, frequently dip the chisel in water as you approach the leading end. Q & A: Chisel Sharpening Angles Q:...
  • Q & A: Filling Nail Holes

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, February 4, 2014
    Filling Nail Holes Q: I am making an oak bookcase as a builtin for our living room. What’s the best way to fill the nail holes and finish the trim pieces once they’re in place? A: Don’t try to finish the trim in place. It’s best...
  • Q & A: Spray-On Crackle Finish

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    Spray-On Crackle Finish Q: Is it possible to get a crackle finish in a pigmented, water-based lacquer that is applied with an HVLP spray gun? If so, please tell me how. A: Yes, it can be done. Put down a base color first (the color that will show through...
  • Q & A: Splitter for Narrow Pieces

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, January 21, 2014
    Splitter for Narrow Pieces Q: How can I avoid burn marks when ripping thin strips? A: Add a splitter to your zero-clearance throat plate. A splitter keeps the wood from binding on the back of the blade.For most rip cuts, you should use your blade guard...
  • Q & A: Clean Cuts in a Countertop

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 31, 2013
    Clean Cuts in a Countertop Q: I have a plastic laminate countertop that’s about 12 in. too long. I know that plastic laminate tends to chip when cut. How can I trim the countertop to size without creating unsightly chips or splinters? A: If not...
  • Q & A: How Can I Avoid Kickback When Resawing on a Tablesaw?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 17, 2013
    How Can I Avoid Kickback When Resawing on a Tablesaw? Q: Is there a splitter that can be used for resawing on a tablesaw? Mine is hooked onto the blade guard so it won’t work. A: It’s unfortunate but true; you can’t use a conventional...
  • Q & A: Should I Run My Tablesaw on 120 or 240 Volts?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Friday, December 13, 2013
    Should I Run My Tablesaw on 120 or 240 Volts? Q: My contractor’s saw pops a breaker every once in a while, and that’s driving me crazy. I noticed that its motor can be wired for either 120 or 240 volts. I don’t have a 240 circuit in...
  • Q & A: How tight does my blade have to be?

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, December 3, 2013
    How tight does my blade have to be? Q: I have a heck of a time loosening the arbor nut when I switch blades on my tablesaw. How hard do I really have to crank on that nut when I tighten it? A: Don’t knock yourself out tightening that arbor nut!...