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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...

Thermally Modified Wood

A remarkable drying process gives wood a new character. By Chad Stanton Some day, you’ll be able to build an outdoor project with a new kind of wood, grown right here in America, which resists decay, stays absolutely flat and is totally free of chemicals. Sound too good to be true? Well, that day...

How to Rout a Large Arc

How to Rout a Large Arc Need a big, smooth curve? This method will do it! By Jim Baumann Curved lines in any project are both a blessing and a curse. They’re a blessing for the eye of the beholder, but a curse for the poor guy who has to make...

Custom-Made Crown Molding

Custom-Made Crown Molding By John English Here’s how to make the crown molding for the pantry. It’s all done on the tablesaw. The biggest challenge is figuring out which cut to make when. 1. Make a cove (Cut 1, see lead photo) by running 24-in. or longer boards at 30 degrees...

Handles for Turning Tools

Handles for Turning Tools: Customize Fit for Comfort & Performance By Alan Lacer   Decades ago, woodturning tools came without handles, and turners would simply fashion their own. This makes perfect sense, because a handle that fits and feels “right” gives a turner confidence. And who better to custom-fit the handle...

Chemical Ebonizing

Chemical Ebonizing ?A sure-fire recipe for turning any wood deep black. By Richard Tendick Remember the old slogan, “better living through chemistry”? When it comes to turning wood black—a process called ebonizing—I prefer the chemical approach, which uses solutions made from vinegar, steel wool and tannic acid. Watching them transform an...

Spalted Wood

Spalted Wood By Alan Lacer When wood is captured somewhere between the extremes of being completely sound and fully rotten, it can display magnificent beauty. The discoloration, prominent black lines and changes in texture that occur during the decaying process are known to woodworkers as spalting.Spalting is a by-product of the...

Install a Double-Screw Face Vise

Install a Double-Screw Face Vise Two screws clamp better than one. By Steven Bunn A vise with two screws clamps chair seats and other large workpieces more effectively than a standard vise. Such pieces must be clamped on one side of a standard vise to avoid its screw and guide rails,...