Author Archives: American Woodworker Editors

About American Woodworker Editors

American Woodworker magazine was acquired by F+W Media (parent company of Popular Woodworking) in 2014. We are delighted to share some of the best AW content here on the PW website.

Tune Your Bandsaw

Tune Your Bandsaw 6 adjustments deliver professional results. By Mark Duginske I love bandsaws, even though they have a reputation as troublesome tools. I suppose that’s why I like them, because I enjoy investigating woodworking machinery. I’ve tinkered with dozens of 14″ bandsaws, trying to understand how they work and how...

Japanese Dozuki Saws

Japanese Dozuki Saws A terrific precision saw can cost as little as $25. By Tom Caspar What’s the point of a handsaw in a shop full of power tools? If the saw doesn’t cut worth a darn, not much at all. But if it’s a Japanese dozuki saw, you’ll wonder how...

AW Extra – Hybrid Shaving Horse

Hybrid Shaving Horse Expert craftsman Tom Donahey shares his plans for an essential tool to work green wood. By Tom Caspar Few woodworking experiences are as sweet as working wood that’s just been split from a recently felled tree. Green wood is much easier to shape with hand tools than wood...

Name That Chuck!

Name That Chuck! Here’s a chance to test your woodturning IQ. For many operations, a chuck performs the essential job of holding the work securely and safely on the lathe. These operations often present unique requirements, so a dizzying array of manufactured and shop-made chucks have evolved. How many of the...

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...

Torsion Beams

The next time you need a sturdy, level work surface, I’ve got the perfect solution for you: sawhorses and a pair of torsion beams. Torsion beams are incredibly strong and will always be dead straight; they’re easy to make and inexpensive. But best of all for a crowded shop, torsion beams...

Q & A: Knocking Apart Loose Joints

Q: I tried reversing a clamp to pull out the rungs of an old chair that needed regluing, but I couldn’t get all of the rungs out. What do I do? A: Spreader clamps can be helpful, but the most effective weapon for disassembly is a heavy, hard mallet or a...

Q & A: Is Blue-Stained Pine OK?

Q: I have some pine that was given to me. The price was right but the wood is full of blue stain. Is it safe to use this wood for painted projects or as a secondary wood? A: Blue stain is a common fungus that infects the sapwood of freshly sawn...

Q & A: Are Broken Screws Removable?

Q: Argh! I broke off a brass screw while installing a small hinge. Can I get it out? A: Join the club! Every woodworker has faced this problem. The best answer is to drill around the screw with a hollow bit, an unusual device with reverse teeth. Here’s what you do:...