Buying Advice

Should you buy waxed or dewaxed shellac Wax occurs naturally in shellac. If shellac is going to be the only finish, then shellac with wax works fine. The wax decreases drag when padding or brushing shellac. If shellac is used as a sealer or undercoat for other finishes, choose the dewaxed version to avoid adhesion problems, especially with potyurethane. Dewaxed shellac also has greater clarity and is more heat and water resistant. You can dewax your own shellac by letting the wax settle out and...

Cutterhead Radius

Here is your chance to share your best work with fellow woodworkers across the country and around the world. As woodworkers, we love to build things, but we also love to share our work and the ideas behind them. American Woodworker Magazine is debuting a new department called Woodworker's Showcase. We're iooking for projects that range from practical, everyday pieces to one-of-a-kind artistic masterpieces. Here's how to submit your work We ask that the piece you submit be made primarily of wood...

Make A Gauge Block

Setting up a stackable dado head to fit your plywood can be fussy and time consuming but, you'll significantly reduce the guesswork by making a dado gauge block. To make the block, cut a 23 32-in. wide dacio in a board big enough to allow for six more dados with space between. Add a single ,005-in. shim to the 23 32-in. set up and plow a second dado next to the 23 32-in. one. Continue adding shims and making dados in ,005-in, increments until you get to a 3 4-in. dado. Mark the dadoes as you...