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  • Cool Solution for a Hot Hollow ChiselQ & A: Cool Solution for a Hot Hollow Chisel

    by Bob Van Dyke

  • Extend the Life of a Natural-Bristle BrushQ & A: Extend the Life of a Natural-Bristle Brush

    by Teri Masaschi

  • How to Set Up Your Tablesaw for SuccessHow to Set Up Your Tablesaw for Success

    by Asa Christiana

    If you've recently bought a new tablesaw and are expecting it to do great work right out of the box, think again. Tablesaws need a tune-up before you start using ...

  • How to Turn Chisel Handles that Fit Your GripHow to Turn Chisel Handles that Fit Your Grip

    by John Tetreault

    Making handles for your chisels is a great way to bring together a mismatched set and to customize the fit to your own hand. All you need is a few scraps of hardwood ...

  • How to Make Custom MoldingsHow to Make Custom Moldings

    by Garrett Hack

    Beautiful moldings add a lot to a piece of furniture, and you don't have to be limited by the profiles of your router bits to make them. Garrett Hack advises that ...

  • How to Tame Tricky Glue-UpsHow to Tame Tricky Glue-Ups

    by Michael C. Fortune

    The key to all glue-ups—especially those on curved parts—is that the clamping pressure must be at an exact right angle to the glueline, and centered on the joint. ...

  • Powerful New Joint: Housed Double TenonsPowerful New Joint: Housed Double Tenons

    by Brian Boggs

    This strong, weather-tight joint takes care of the problem of moisture wicking into the end grain of tenon shoulders on a traditional mortise-and-tenon joint. The ...

  • How To Build Frame-and-Panel Doors by HandHow To Build Frame-and-Panel Doors by Hand

    by Andrew Hunter

    The doors on Andrew Hunter's country hutch are rock solid. The rails and stiles are joined with haunched through-tenons, which are suited to hand-tool woodworking ...

  • How To Cut Compound-Angle DovetailsHow To Cut Compound-Angle Dovetails

    by Chris Gochnour

    After you’ve mastered the basic dovetail, you can try more complicated variations, such as the compound-angle type. Chris Gochnour demonstrates that making a compound-angle ...

  • Tradition with a TwistTradition with a Twist

    by Jonathan Binzen

    The rules of joinery and wood movement are observed in John Lee's curvy chest of drawers, even as the maker cast aside all traditional notions of design. Learn ...

  • How To Build Perfect DrawersHow To Build Perfect Drawers

    by Gerald Curry

    Follow these steps by seasoned furniture maker Gerald Curry to build drawers that are solid and stable, made to fit each pocket precisely. From the basics of construction ...

  • Drawbored TenonsDrawbored Tenons

    by Steve Latta

    Drawboring a mortise-and-tenon joint means offsetting the hole in the tenon so that the pin pulls the parts together tightly—and permanently. If your tenon shoulders ...

  • How to Carve a Ball-and-Claw FootHow to Carve a Ball-and-Claw Foot

    by Allan Breed

    Carve a Newport ball-and-claw foot with guidance from Cartouche Award winner Allan Breed. Gauges help with an accurate layout, and gouges do the carving. After ...

  • How to Understand Wood MovementHow to Understand Wood Movement

    by Gerald Curry

    Even if you build your projects to accommodate wood movement and choose the best materials for each part, there will be times when you'll need to be more exact ...

  • Prevent Springback in Bent LaminationsQ & A: Prevent Springback in Bent Laminations

    by Adrian Ferrazzutti

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