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  • 12 Tips for Better Biscuit Joining

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    12 Tips for Better Biscuit Joining Improve performance and expand function. By Richard Tendick 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...
  • Benchtop Mortisers

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, January 29, 2009
    For $250 and half an hour's worth of simple improvements, you can cut precise mortises all day. Mortising machines first answered the prayers of mortise-cutting woodworkers over 120 years ago. Today you can buy a miniaturized descendant of those old...
  • Tenoning Jigs

    by American Woodworker Editors     Tuesday, September 15, 2009
    Get a terrific tablesaw accessory for only $60. by Tom Caspar Tenoning jigs make the complicated world of mortise-and-tenon joinery a lot simpler. I’ve used a homemade wooden jig for years. I stand a rail upright on the tablesaw and clamp it to...
  • Economical Through Dovetail Jig

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Forget worrying about limited dovetail jig capacity. The ChestMate dovetail jig allows cutting through dovetails anywhere on boards of any width. The process is pretty simple. The jig has an indexing pin that fits 1/8-in. kerfs sawn in a story stick that...
  • New Omnijigs from Porter-Cable

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    Porter-Cable's Omnijig has earned its reputation as a dependable and accurate dovetailing system over almost two decades. Arriving soon are two new Omnijig Joinery System models: the 16-in. Model 55160 and the 24-in. Model 77240. Both models share...
  • Larger-Capacity Akeda Jig

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    We gave the 16-in. Akeda dovetail jig our Editor's Choice award last year because it was precise and easy to use. Akeda has recently introduced a 24-in. model, suitable for a blanket chest or other large casework, using the same clever system of snap...
  • No-Tweak Dovetail Jig

    by AW-Editor     Monday, September 29, 2008
    The Akeda dovetail jig first hit the woodworking world in March 2003. Production problems took this tool off the market for a while, but now it's back and available from more distributors than before. The Akeda DC-16 jig, $330, has a 16-in. capacity...
  • New Connector System from Lamello

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, August 18, 2011
    New Connector System from Lamello New Clamex® P biscuit shaped connector system from Lamello allows users to quickly and easily create nearly invisible Ready To Assemble (RTA) connections. Made from rugged fiberglass reinforced plastic, with a new...
  • New Dovetail Jig

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 12, 2008
    I've pulled out a few hairs trying to tweak my dovetail jig so it cuts perfectly. Porter Cable's 4200 series dovetail jigs have some great conveniences that make much of that unnecessary. Unlike most dovetail jigs, these come fully assembled and...
  • Self-clamping Biscuit

    by AW-Editor     Sunday, May 11, 2008
    No question about it, the biscuit joiner is one of the most versatile tools in a shop. It's hard to make a joint faster than using a biscuit, but Lamello has figured it out. Their new Fixo half-width biscuit simplifies joinery even further by eliminating...
  • Must-Have Mortiser

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, May 15, 2008
    The massive “X-Y” table on Jet's new JFM-5 floor model mortiser ($999) makes mortising a breeze. One handwheel moves the table laterally; another moves it forward and back. As a result, you can position workpieces and chop mortises much...
  • The Domino Effect –Fast, Easy and Strong

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, May 8, 2008
    Festool has introduced a truly new joinery machine called the Domino. It looks and handles like a biscuit joiner, but the Domino uses an oscillating cutter to make oval-shaped mortises. A Domino tenon fits precisely into these mortises to join parts together...