Questions And Answers

Q & A: Proper Varnish Storage

Q: Does varnish go bad sitting on the shelf? A: Unopened varnish should last for years on the shelf when kept away from excessive heat. When a can is opened and the finish exposed to oxygen, curing can begin. If the finish skins over, remove the skin and add mineral spirits...

AW Extra 6/26/14 – Tambour Doors

Tambour Doors Disappearing doors hide your clutter and show off your skill. Tambour doors are a bit of woodworking sleight of hand. Now you see them, now you don’t. Fun to open and fun to close, tambours invite you to play with your furniture. Designing a tambour can be fun, too,...

AW Extra 6/26/14 – Glue Squeegee

Glue Squeegee I stack-laminate boards to create turning blanks. Each blank contains numerous laminations, so I have to work fast during assembly. To spread glue quickly and evenly, I use a squeegee designed for silkscreening. You can buy one at an art supply store for about $7. (A regular window-cleaning squeegee...

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...

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...

Dovetailer’s Dream Vise

Dovetailer’s Dream Vise Treat yourself to the secure, even grip that’s essential for precision work. By Brad Holden Cutting dovetails by hand is satisfying and rewarding work, but securing the boards for sawing and chopping is anything but. Face vises typically don’t grip boards firmly enough for sawing, because they rack....

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...

Hexagonal Pen

Hexagonal Pen Create geometric shapes with your router and a shopmade jig. By Charles Mak You can make attractive wooden pens without a lathe. All you need is a plunge router and a shop-made jig. The jig takes a while to build—certainly longer than it takes to rout a pen with...

Q & A: Better Drilling in Plastics

Q: I make my own guards and router bases from plastic. How can I drill clean holes without the bit grabbing the plastic? A: A simple solution is to file a flat edge on a regular twist bit’s cutting. Use a small diamond paddle or ceramic stone to file its cutting...