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Forum topic by Danpaddles posted 07-07-2012 10:40 PM 1671 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-07-2012 10:40 PM

I have a Word doc with these, I kept meaning to submit to a magazine, but what the heck- maybe you LJs would like to share.

The rubber Abrasive Belt Cleaner used to keep your belt sander running efficiently also work great to erase errant lay out lines from your work piece.
My wife leaves her emery finger nail boards laying around the house, lately I’ve been quietly picking them up and using them in the shop. They make great little sanders for details, and I really like them when finishing lathe work. (Just don’t tell her why they are disappearing.)
To make decorative burn marks on your turnings, use your coping saw as a burning wire, with the blade turned backwards. The blade may warp, the temper will come of it, rendering that blade useless for sawing. But now your fingers don’t have to touch a red hot wire!
Sometimes it works out alright when I’m slow to clean up my work bench between jobs. I was transferring some measurements from the edge of a board to its face. The center finding head from my Combination Square Set was still sitting on the bench, left from the lathe project I had just finished.

Blink! The light bulb lit up. The center finder head, without the steel rule in place, works great to transfer a mark around a corner.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#1 posted 07-07-2012 11:27 PM

I use old toothbrushes to spread glue. They’re always available, do a great job on cope and stick joints, and edges. When I’m done a few seconds with the garden hose cleans them out for the next use.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#2 posted 07-07-2012 11:37 PM

Hey, I like that one, Sawkerf. Suppose I could use my wife’s toothbrush? She’d never know, not like the disappearing fingernail boards.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#3 posted 07-08-2012 01:17 AM

Just be sure to rinse her brush out before you put it back in the holder.

One of my brothers-in-law uses my sister’s mixer to blend up tile grout. Makes for tough cookies later, I guess.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 07-08-2012 09:50 AM

I especially loved that last tip Dan. You should send that in to FWW mag and earn some money on it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-08-2012 01:05 PM

All worthy, Dan. I don’t read the mags, but I bet there are places where they pay you $25 or send you a lifetime supply of emery boards.

This is your big chance to get published!

My employee once figured out that a wire nut in your apron pencil pocket protects the point. I think we got him $100 in Woodshop News. Years ago.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#6 posted 07-08-2012 01:16 PM

Good tips I use many of them myself.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 07-10-2012 02:56 PM

Need to find the exact center of a round dowel or, really, anything?
find a piece of scrap roughly half the diameter of the dowel. Scribe a horizontal line on the end of the dowel with a pencil setting on top of the scrap piece, turn the dowel 90 (or any number of) degrees and scribe it again. Repeat as necessary. The lines will show you were the center of your dowel is.

Not sure if this is common knowledge, but I’ve talked to at least one woodworker who thought it was a good idea and hadn’t tried it :)

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#8 posted 07-10-2012 03:12 PM

whatch out emery boards… your all mine (play best evil villain laugh track here)

my daughter recently busted me when she found out were all the popcycle sticks got off two :^)

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#9 posted 07-10-2012 03:27 PM

Great tips..thanks for posting them.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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