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great Book of
Woodworking Over 650 Ingenious Workshop
Tips, Techniques, and Secrets
Tips from the Experts at American Woodworker

GREAT BOOK OF
Woodworking Tips

GREAT BOOK OF
Woodworking Tips
Over 650 Ingenious Workshop Tips, Techniques, and Secrets
from the Experts at American Woodworker
Introduction by Randy Johnson Editor, American Woodworker Magazine

Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Inc., 1970 Broad St., East Petersburg, PA 17520, 717-560-4703, www.FoxChapelPublishing.com
© 2012 American Woodworker. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without written permission. Readers may create any project for personal use or sale, and may copy patterns to assist them in making projects, but may not hire others to massproduce a project without written permission from American Woodworker. The information in this book is presented in good faith; however, no warranty is given nor are results guaranteed. American Woodworker Magazine, Fox Chapel Publishing and Woodworking Media, LLC disclaim any and all liability for untoward results.
American Woodworker, ISSN 1074-9152, USPS 738-710, is published bimonthly by Woodworking Media, LLC, 90 Sherman St., Cambridge, MA 02140, www.AmericanWoodworker.com.
ISBN-13: 978-1-56523-596-0 ISBN-10: 1-56523-596-7
Publisher’s Cataloging-in-Publication Data Great book of woodworking tips : over 650 ingenious workshop tips, techniques, and secrets from the experts at American Woodworker / introductions by Randy Johnson, editor, American Woodworker. -East Petersburg, PA : Fox Chapel Publishing, c2012. p. ; cm. ISBN: 978-1-56523-596-0 ; 1-53523-596-7 1. Woodwork--Handbooks, manuals, etc. 2. Woodwork-Amateurs’ manuals. 3.Woodwork--Technique. 4. Woodwork-Equipment and supplies. I. Johnson, Randy. II. American woodworker. TT185 .G74 2012 684/.08--dc23 1204
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Because working with wood and other materials inherently includes the risk of injury and damage, this book cannot guarantee that creating the projects in this book is safe for everyone. For this reason, this book is sold without warranties or guarantees of any kind, expressed or implied, and the publisher and the author disclaim any liability for any injuries, losses, or damages caused in any way by the content of this book or the reader’s use of the tools needed to complete the projects presented here. The publisher and the author urge all readers to thoroughly review each project and to understand the use of all tools before beginning any project.

Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Bandsaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Cabinet Making . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Chop Saw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Clamps & Clamping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Drill Press . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Electricity & Batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Finishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Glue & Gluing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 104 Joinery Tricks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Jointer-Planer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 124 Turning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 Measuring & Marking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Plate-Joiner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 154 Router . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Sanding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188 Sharpening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202 Storing Tools & Supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 226 Storing Wood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 240 Tablesaw . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 248 Tool Smarts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 283 Vise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 302 Wood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 310 Workbench . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316

INTRODUCTION

Introduction
It’s about the aha!
Everyone loves a clever workshop tip. An ingenious solution to a vexing problem brings an aha! to the lips, and with it the resolve to try the trick for oneself, or perhaps to go one better by creating an improvement. Or, if the shop tip is obvious, we salute with a slap to the forehead, wondering why we couldn’t have thought of that for ourselves. But we didn’t, and that’s one reason why woodworkers treasure collections such as this book.
The other reason, of course, is wrapped up in today’s workshop reality. It’s not like it was in Grandpa’s day, when skills and workshop practices were passed from master to apprentice and father to son. This is the era of the amateur craftsman, mostly self-taught, working alone in his or her home workshop, and most likely without much contact with other woodworkers. In lieu of Grandpa, we rely on woodworking magazines to provide this all-important sharing of information and shine a light on the conundrums that dog the path to prowess. Every magazine and journal in the field boasts a tips column, largely driven by the readers themselves and their urge to share hard-earned knowledge. Along with shop tips, readers frequently ask good questions, giving the editors the additional challenge and opportunity of finding and presenting equally good answers.
It’s often said that skill has two components: know-what, plus know-how. You have to know what to do, as well as how to do it. It’s not always easy to glean both components from the printed page, but a sharp photograph certainly does help. Photography is where this collection of workshop tips really shines. Since 1999, editors at American Woodworker magazine have invested heavily in creating clear photo illustrations for reader-submitted tips and questions. When it’s only a drawing, you’re never quite sure about the underlying reality. But the photo removes that uncertainty, making the answer clear on the page.
We’ve emphasized photo illustrations in this huge collection of workshop wisdom. I’m personally grateful to my predecessors and colleagues for their determination to grace each chunk of solid advice with photographic clarity. Our team certainly has enjoyed gathering, illustrating and organizing this priceless information. We hope you enjoy the succession of aha! moments that you’re sure to receive as you turn these pages.
—Randy Johnson, editor-in-chief, American Woodworker magazine
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Bandsaw

New Bandsaw Tires

My bandsaw has developed tracking problems to the point that the blade won’t stay on the wheel. I checked everything and can’t seem to clear up the problem. What’s going on here?

Because these problems developed over time, I suggest you check your tires. The

tires on your bandsaw provide traction for the blade and, like the tires on your car,

they wear out and the rubber degrades with time. A new set of tires will likely put

your saw back on track.

“Obvious signs of worn tires are cracks and tears,” explains

Peter Perez, president of Carter Products Inc., a bandsaw

accessory manufacturer. “A good wear test is to sink a

fingernail into the tire. A good tire will rebound with no

visible mark on it. If your fingernail leaves an impression,

it’s time to replace the tire.”

It’s easier to replace the tires with the wheel removed from

the saw. Taper the end of a dowel, clamp it in a vise, and set

the wheel on it. We recommend replacing both rubber tires

with urethane tires. Urethane offers two big advantages:

It lasts longer and it doesn’t require adhesive to install. Clamp

the new tire on the wheel and stretch the tire over the rim.

Urethane tires can be made more flexible by soaking them

in hot water before you put them on the wheels.

New Urethane Tire

Tapered Dowel
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