Power Tools

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Do Power Tools Have Soul?

I don’t generally think of power tools in the same reverential, (perhaps) overly romanticized tones that come to mind when I consider hand tools. I can stare at my grandfather’s 8 oz. Kentucky Bluegrass claw hammer for hours daydreaming about what may have caused the nicks and wear. Or imagine the unknown maker who’s...

Clean Rusty Tools by Electrolysis

Clean Rusty Tools by Electrolysis Electrolysis is a gentle, safe way to chemically remove all the rust from small tools, and it leaves the iron untouched. An abrasive can remove rust, too, but it may require removing a large amount of metal, either weakening the piece or destroying its value. Here's what you need:...

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Congratulations to the Workshop Makeover Giveaway Winner!

A hearty congratulations goes out to Bill Ketler of Silver Spring, Md., winner of our Workshop Makeover Giveaway, sponsored by JET Tools and Bessey Tools. He will be adding $6,000 worth of tools to his shop including a table saw, planer, band saw, dust collector and jointer from JET Tools, and a K Body...

What is a Router Collet

Your Guide to Router Collets

How a Collet Works • A collet is the steel sleeve that holds a router bit in a router. The collet works with the router shaft (connected directly to the motor) and the collet nut.   • Collets are machined to perfectly mate with the tapered recess in the end of the shaft and...

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Decorative Carving

I’ve been making these wine bottle stoppers as gifts for the holiday season. They are a lot of fun to make on the lathe and it doesn’t take very long to knock a few of them out. I use an electric die grinder with a carbide bit for the decorative carving on the top...

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Soup Up Your Shop

Soup Up Your Shop The right accessories for maximizing your performance and safety. By Dave Munkittrick Here at American Woodworker we see a lot of tools and accessories.We’ve been impressed by how the right accessories—either store-bought or shop-made—can dramatically improve the performance, convenience and safety of shop tools. Most of us have something we’d...

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Stickley Bookcase

Stickley Bookcase How to build a strong bookcase without a back. By Laurie McKichan When I'm designing furniture, I often turn to the Arts and Crafts era for inspiration. I love this style. It’s simple, but elegant. When a client commissioned me to build a small bookcase, I knew exactly what to start with:...

Mission Bookstand

Mission Bookstand Display your scrapbooks, photo albums and woodworking skills. By Tom Caspar Woodworkers like to see how things work, right out in the open. We love looking at gears, levers and cams, and when it comes to furniture, there’s nothing more fascinating than exposed joints, like dovetails and wedged tenons. This bookstand is...