Techniques

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Veneering the Curve

Veneering on the Curve The ‘flat-board-first’ method enables you to veneer a curved part with any pattern you want. By Mario Rodriguez Boldness with balance—that’s how I see the front apron of a classic Federal card table. I love the way it curves, adding drama to those vibrant veneers and bandings....

AW Extra 5/22/14 – Hang a Router….Perfectly

Hang a Router….Perfectly Surfire router plate installation By Jennifer Feist Are you tempted by the benefits of owning a router table plate but hesitate to take the plunge because of the hassles involved in mounting it in your table? That’s understandable because a poorly fit router table plate leads to endless...

Loose Tenon Joinery

Loose Tenon Joinery Rout 4 variations of these super-strong joints with a versatile shop made jig. By Bill Hylton I’ve used a number of different methods to create mortise and tenon joints, but I keep coming back to loose tenons, because they’re easy, strong and versatile. Instead of cutting a tenon...

AW Extra 5/15/14 – Precision 3-Wall Scribes

Precision 3-Wall Scribes A simple template guarantees a perfect fit. By Brad Holden Fitting a countertop between two side walls and a back wall is one of the most challenging installations you will ever face. Experienced cabinetmakers can do this with ease by marking and scribing straight to the countertop, but...