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  • Q & A: Slice Steel on Your Bandsaw

    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 metals, also called ferrous metals, such as steel. You can adopt the technology to your woodworking
  • AW Extra 7/10/14 - Making Curved Doors

    Making Curved Doors Kerfkore flexible panels handle curves with ease. By Brad Holden Curved doors and panels add elegance to any project, especially kitchen cabinets. Making these complicated parts requires careful planning and building. The task can be made much easier by using a flexible panel product called Kerfkore (see photo, right, top). It follows
  • AW Extra 7/10/14 - Shop-Built 3-Jaw-Chuck

    Shop-Built 3-Jaw-Chuck A cheap, effective turning tool. Three-jaw lathe chucks are virtually indispensable for a turner, yet the cost of buying one can be prohibitive. Three-jaw chucks are useful when turning small pieces at low speed, and permit multi-axis turning. This shop-made chuck can be made from scraps of maple and a few machine screws. By changing
  • AW Extra 7/10/14 - Replaceable Fence Faces

    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 blade is actually housed in the fence), so I made a new set of fence faces with interchangeable inserts
  • Reading Grain Direction

    Reading Grain Direction “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 a board in a way that follows the natural structure of the tree (Photo 1). The result is a smooth surface. How do you figure out
  • Q & A: Bandsaws for Cutting Metal and Wood

    Bandsaws for Cutting Metal and Wood Q: I plan to buy a bandsaw, and I’d like one that can cut metal as well as wood. I’ve seen some two-speed bandsaws advertised. How well do they work to cut metal? A: The slow speed on most two-speed bandsaws is only slightly reduced from the normal 3,000 feet per minute (fpm) to around 2,500 fpm. The slower
  • AW Extra 7/3/14 - Perfect Edge Joints

    Perfect Edge Joints A 6-step tune-up sets your jointer straight. By Dave Munkittrick Jointers are simple machines with few moving parts, but the two beds, the fence and the cutterhead all have to be in alignment for a jointer to function properly. Few things are more frustrating or more common than problems with jointers. This is especially true when
  • AW Extra 7/3/14 - Collapsible Work Table

    Collapsible Work Table Every shop needs a work table or two. In cramped shops, it’s great to have the table the right height for assembly, as well as infeed and outfeed support for power tools. Here’s a unit that has adjustable height, compensates for uneven floors, and even stores easily. Much of it can be made from scrap hardwood that’s
  • AW Extra 7/3/14 - Minimize Router Burns

    Minimize Router Burns End grain burns easily on maple and cherry, and those burns are hard to remove. After sanding my fingers to the bone following one particularly unfortunate routing pass, I came up with an easy solution that removes those unsightly burns without requiring that I adjust the bit’s height or fuss with an edge guide. Before routing
  • Scratch-Free Flush Cuts

    Scratch-Free Flush Cuts No matter how carefully I cut with my economy-model flushcutting saw, it always left scratch marks on the wood’s surface. To solve the problem, I attached a playing card with double-faced tape. Now I don’t have to worry about scratches, because my carded saw doesn’t quite cut flush. Attaching the card limits
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