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  • Choose the Right Grinding Wheel

    by Tim Johnson     Wednesday, February 25, 2009
    Q. I've been told that the gray wheels that came with my grinder will burn my woodworking tools and that white wheels are better. True? A. The stock wheels that come with most grinders are designed for the metalworking trade. They're way too hard...
  • Become A Tool Nut

    by Tom Caspar     Wednesday, February 18, 2009
    I really don't need five cordless drills, seven routers or 24 antique hand planes, but I can't help it. I'm a tool nut. Are you? Have you ever bought an old woodworking machine just because it looked cool? Tried a new tool and said, "Wow...
  • CAD for Woodworkers

    by AW-Editor     Thursday, September 4, 2008
    By Randy Johnson You don't have to spend much money to get a good computer-aided drafting (CAD) program for drawing woodworking projects. Fifty bucks will buy you a starter program that's easy to learn and use. For $150, you can get one with all...
  • Don't Use Smelly Glue

    by Tim Johnson     Monday, February 23, 2009
    Buying glue by the gallon costs less, but it may not be a good investment if you use glue infrequently. After a while, leftover glue can develop a bad smell. According to the folks at Franklin Adhesives, your best bet is to toss the old stuff and buy...
  • Larger-Capacity Miter Saw

    by AW-Editor     Friday, September 5, 2008
    Delta has put a new twist on miter saws by mounting the motor vertically, instead of horizontally, on its new 36-412 12-in. dual-bevel compound miter saw. The result is increased capacity. This machine will crosscut a 2x10 at 90 degrees, surpassing the...
  • Custom Router Bits

    by Tom Caspar     Sunday, February 22, 2009
    Q. Is it possible to get a custom-made router bit to match an old molding profile? A. Yes, it is! Andrews Toolworks is one company in the business of making one-of-a-kind carbide bits. Prices range from $155 to $300 for a single bit. So if you only have...
  • Tool News - Bosch 14.4v and 18v Litheon Drills

    by American Woodworker Editors     Thursday, January 1, 2009
    Bosch has added 14.4v drills and 18v drills to it's cordless tool line. For the heavy-duty user, check out the Brute Tough drills. They have unibody motor construction, all-metal gear train and DuraShield housing. They're made to be abused, and...
  • Tool News - Jorgensen Lever Clamp

    by American Woodworker Editors     Monday, October 27, 2008
    Jorgensen recently released a new bar clamp, the Lever Clamp. The Lever Clamp comes in 6” and 12” capacities and is perfect for assembly work. Adjusting the lightweight clamp is quick and easy, and stands on its own. Strength isn’t sacrificed...
  • French Polishing

    by American Woodworker Editors     Wednesday, September 2, 2009
    Six Easy Steps to a Beautiful Finish by Alan Lacer French polish adds extraordinary depth to gorgeous wood. This finish is perfect for bowls, vessels, lamps and other turnings that aren’t handled often or are exposed to moisture, alcohol or heat...