Techniques

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...

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...

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...

Wedged Mortise and Tenon

Wedged Mortise and Tenon This joint will never loosen! By Tom Caspar   Tap, tap, tap. The wedges go home, the glue squeezes out and a big smile lights up your face. “This joint isn’t coming apart for a hundred years,” you say. “It’s as solid as a rock!” Making a wedged mortise-andtenon joint...

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Installing Knife Hinges

How to Install Knife Hinges They’re a sure sign of good craftsmanship, but are almost invisible. By Brad Holden Small and discreet, knife hinges lend a tidy, refined look to your project. They’re ideal for a small cabinet if you want the hinge hardware to virtually disappear. Knife hinges are also a hallmark of...

2 Ways to Cut a 3-Way Miter

2 Ways to Cut a 3-Way Miter Create this impressive joint by hand or with power tools. By Garrett Glaser   Admiring the complex 3-way mitered joint between the leg and aprons in an antique Chinese table is natural. But the thought of cutting and fitting this interlocking joint by hand is enough to...

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AW Extra 6/19/14 – Soup Up Your Router Table

Soup Up Your Router Table By Dave Munkittrick Your router table will really sing with these great accessories. Like all good tools, our accessories will increase safety and improve results. Even though we designed them specifically for the Best Buy Router Table on page 39, they’re easily adapted to use on almost any router-table...

AW Extra 6/12/14 – Restore a Chest of Drawers

Restore a Chest of Drawers Make broken-down drawers fit and work like new By Tim Johnson At first glance, the broken-down chest of drawers looks like a lost cause—a wreck even by garage-sale standards. After all, it’s been sitting out in Uncle Ed’s garage forever, and the drawers haven’t budged for years. Surprise! A...

Air-Drying Lumber

Air-Drying Lumber It’s the low-cost, low-tech way to dry lumber. Here’s how to do it right. By Dave Munkittrick Want a truly cheap and easy way to dry lumber? Consider air drying. It’s the most economical method for removing water from wood, and when done properly, you’ll end up with perfect lumber. Although air-drying...