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Winter 2013-2014

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  • Rockler Liberon Shellac Flakes

    Shellac is back in abundant supply at Rockler Three new varieties mark the end of recent shellac shortage. After experiencing several years of weather-related shortages of the raw material used to make shellac, supplies are making a comeback, and Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is announcing the addition of three new varieties of Liberon Shellac Flakes
    Posted to Reviews (Weblog) by American Woodworker Editors on 03-11-2014
  • Wooden Storm Door

    Wooden Storm Door Versatile design keeps winter winds out and lets summer breezes in. by Tim Johnson A storm door doesn’t just keep out the wind and rain. It’s the focal point of your home’s entryway; the first thing guests see when they come to visit. An attractive and durable storm door is a woodworking project each member of your
  • Handles for Turning Tools

    Handles for Turning Tools Customize their fit for comfort and performance. By Alan Lacer Decades ago, woodturning tools came without handles, and turners would simply fashion their own. This makes perfect sense, because a handle that fi ts and feels “right” gives a turner confi dence. And who better to custom-fi t the handle than the person
  • Rockler Liberon Shellac Flakes

    Shellac is back in abundant supply at Rockler Three new varieties mark the end of recent shellac shortage. After experiencing several years of weather-related shortages of the raw material used to make shellac, supplies are making a comeback, and Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is announcing the addition of three new varieties of Liberon Shellac Flakes
  • SawStop's Rare Rebate

    SawStop Offers Rare and Substantial Rebate with Saw Purchase SawStop, LLC, the world leader in table saw safety, today announced a rare and substantial rebate offer. Between March 1 and April 30, 2014, in the United States and Canada each customer who purchases a new Professional Cabinet Saw will receive one of two available accessories, the Overarm
  • High Style, Low-Cost TV Cabinet

    High-Style, Low-Cost TV Cabinet Simple joinery makes it fast – plywood makes it inexpensive. By Gary Wentz The striking style of this cabinet was inspired by visits to upscale furniture stores where we found similar pieces selling for $1,500 or more. But we designed this unit so you can build and finish it in about three weekends for a cost of
  • Make Quartersawn Picture Frame Stock

    Make Quartersawn Picture Frame Stock If you’ve got some spare 8/4 (2-in.) lumber lying around your shop, it’s easy to transform it into stunning quartersawn wood for your picture frame. Quartersawn figure in almost every wood is really something special, and quite different from species to species. Even an ordinary piece of thick oak, maple
  • Q & A: Taking Dimensions From Photos

    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 taping the picture to a large piece of paper. Draw a vertical reference line through the piece so that
  • Outdoor Finishes

    Outdoor Finishes Simple to Super Durable by Brad Holden Outdoor finishes have one thing in common; they all require maintenance. Of course, paint is unequaled at protecting the wood from its two biggest enemies: moisture and ultraviolet (UV) light. Moisture causes the wood to rot, and sunlight bleaches out its natural color. Still, who wants to cover
  • Steam Bent Music Stand

    Steam Bent Music Stand “Learning to bend wood with steam takes practice, just like playing an instrument.” By Seth Keller Bending wood with steam always intrigued me, but I never tried it. The process seemed mysterious, complicated and maybe even dangerous. But one day a beat-up old music stand motivated me to give steam bending a try. My
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