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404 - Not Found

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01-29-2013 04:06 PM

Got a hot woodworking tip or fix to share? Post it here. It doesn’t even need to be that hot!

Hopefully we could build a quick reference thread for working smarter, not harder.

It doesn’t matter how simple it is, or what level you are, you are never too old to learn. Or something like that.

Here’s one to get you started:

Grab a fist full of planer shavings to wipe off excess glue, it’s much less messy than a damp cloth and cleans the joint up really well. Try it, you’ll be amazed.

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#1 posted 01-29-2013 04:10 PM

Another tip…if you send in your woodworking tips to some on the magazines you could win a nice tool if it is used in the magazine.

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#2 posted 01-29-2013 04:16 PM

One of those Duh! moments….cross cutting wide boards on the table saw.

If the board is too wide, the miter sled will not reach the slot….well, turn around the miter sled so that it goes first, then butt the leading edge of the board against the miter sled fence.

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#3 posted 01-29-2013 04:35 PM

When you’re fitting inset doors, make a temporary handle out of painters tape, stick it on the back and leave a bit sticking out the front. It’s not pretty but it’s better than having to go round the back of the unit and pushing the doors open every time you’ve closed them.

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#4 posted 01-29-2013 05:01 PM

If you get glue all over your hands, wood or epoxy, you can remove it pretty easily with some sandpaper of 120 grit or below.

No matter how square your square is, it’s not as good as a digital angle meter for lining up blades in TS and BS and MS.

The most important part of lathing is learning how to sharpen your chisels. After that, it’s pretty easy.

To find the center of an odd measurement, tilt the measuring device till the edge is over a whole number and mark the middle. You’ve just found the center with out a lot of math.

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#5 posted 01-29-2013 05:04 PM

When working outside the shop and you need a drill bit take the whole set to where you’re working, not one bit a time.

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#6 posted 01-29-2013 05:13 PM

I heard someone recommend this, and I tried it, and it works. But I won’t defend it as being a safe technique.

When cutting plywood on a table saw, to prevent tearout on the bottom surface, first score that bottom surface by making a very shallow cut (1/16”?) with the table saw while pulling the plywood toward you rather than pushing it through the blade. Then raise your blade to make the full cut as usual.

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#7 posted 01-29-2013 06:59 PM

MD, I have never tried that method of scoring plywood, but I can see how it would work. The scoring blade on a panel saw rotates in the opposite direction to the main blade, so you are effectively pushing the sheet over the scorer in the same way as you describe, and it does leave clean cuts.

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#8 posted 01-29-2013 07:12 PM

Good one, DKV. Add that rule to socket wrenches as well.

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#9 posted 01-29-2013 07:19 PM


“Grab a fist full of planer shavings to wipe off excess glue . . . “

renners, I’ve also seen this technique used immediately after grouting wall or floor tile. Makes cleanup, once the grout has dried, a lot quicker.

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#10 posted 01-29-2013 07:38 PM

Renners the scoring technique works on my table saw.

Here’s one someone posted a while a go,how to cut a circle on a table saw.

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#11 posted 01-29-2013 07:45 PM

When setting any tool for a cut, don’t measure with any instrument if you can use the direct measurement method.
Here’s one for inside measurement.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 01-29-2013 11:00 PM

I’ve discovered that you can finish projects MUCH sooner by shutting down the damn computer…..

Just my offering for ‘tip du JOUR.’

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#13 posted 01-29-2013 11:36 PM

I keep scotch bright at the sink.
If I get stain or dye on my hands it rubs right off…. however wait a few days for the skin to thicken before the next messy project or your hands can get a little raw

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#14 posted 01-30-2013 02:23 AM

I keep scotch right at the sink.
If I get stains on my rep or die on my mind it rubs right off…. however wait a few days for your brain to thicken before the next messy mess or your head can get a little raw.

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#15 posted 01-30-2013 03:55 AM

Try using the metric system.

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