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12-15-2013 01:20 AM

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Okay here’s the deal…I have a fairly good grasp on what I’m doing in the shop. However, I absolutely LOVE good tips. There are little things that some of you folks do/know that you may find insignificant but are really just what someone else is looking for. Please post a woodworking tip, original or pulled from somewhere else, doesn’t matter. What does matter is getting information out there to others that share our passion. I’ll start:

I got tired of losing the plastic caps on the end of all of my clamps. Bare metal tends to scar wood so I had to figure out a better solution. I coat the ends of all of my clamps with the “liquid plastic” used to recoat the hand grips of hand tools. costs about $7 a can, lasts forever. Two coats and its good to go. I use it for workbench hold fasts as well. I’ve found they have exponentially better holding power with the ends coated.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#1 posted 12-15-2013 01:39 AM

For the hold fasts I glued a pad of heavy leather to the foot and it also improved the grip. Tip number two. Make some cauls with a slight crown, maybe 3/16” removed center to end, on a 24-32” caul for gluing panels. Shorter caul for more narrow panels. I have 2 at 48”. All made from hard wood. Certainly aids in keeping ‘em flat even with parallel clamps. Tip three, makesome winding sticke, and use ‘em to chect lumber for twist/wind. I used scrap hardwood follring strips and tapered the leading edge ; painted one’s edge white the other’s red. It’s helped me to cull the poorer quality of lumber also.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 12-15-2013 02:19 AM

I like to save thin rips and cut them up into short sections and put them in a can and use them for disposable glue spreaders and stirrers.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 12-15-2013 02:47 AM

If you want to make a small fortune in woodworking, start with a large fortune and it will rapidly shrink.
The thing that has helped me survive with ten fingers is that I try to always have more than adequate light
whenever I am doing woodworking. If you can not see the work you are doing properly, you are more
likely to make a mistake or accident, and then the slippery slope starts.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 12-15-2013 02:52 AM

Good idea on the forum.

I use carriage bolts dipped in the Plastdip stuff and use them for leg levelers with T nuts on shop made tables and such.

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#5 posted 12-15-2013 03:06 AM

handtooler, you lost me on tip 3, I think your fingers were going faster than your brain. Please repeat.

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#6 posted 12-15-2013 04:01 AM

I have a vast collection of screws, nails, and bolts. I keep them in empty Gatorade bottles (large and small).
The mouth of the bottles is big enough to dump things out fairly quickly. The lids are unmarked and big enough to write a description on with a sharpie. When I need a few I can grab the bottle and take it with me.

Of course, ammo cans are always handy for the quick dump of miscellaneous and odd-sized ones.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#7 posted 12-15-2013 04:08 AM

I have to follow this up with my second fetish. Filing cabinets.
True, I could build cabinets, but I can find heavy duty, high quality filing cabinets at the second hand stores much cheaper than I could buy material to build them. I have about a dozen in the shop.
They are great for keeping sawdust and shavings out of tools and supplies.
I can sort and segregate thing, drills and bits, wood scraps, belt sander and belts, wood scraps, screws and nails and nut and bolts, wood scraps. I have two 2-drawer side pulls under the lathe with chucks, steady rests, sanding supplies, finishes, and wood scraps.
And if I decide to reorganize the shop I can just hand truck or furniture dolly them around.
Heres the one that the screws, nails, bolts, and deck screws set in.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#8 posted 12-15-2013 04:50 AM

Bogeguy, You are right, SORRY,I did not edit very well. I constructed two winding sticks in order that I may check for twist in lumber. I used Oak flooring strips and beveled each strip’s leading edge, then painted one edge white the other red. I place them near each end of the lumber I’m considering on the flat edge w/bevel edge vertically and sight accross the top of each. They should line up. If not, it indicates the amount of twist I have to deal with.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#9 posted 12-15-2013 12:53 PM

Pencils end wrapped with Velcro, have one stuck to every tool & bench,also tape measures, have them every place in the shop must have 25

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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#10 posted 12-15-2013 12:59 PM

sgv, I LOVE that idea!! I believe I spend more time in the shop looking for a pencil I just set down than actually working sometimes.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#11 posted 12-15-2013 02:30 PM

Buy 1 brand of measuring tape. Use it to measure for built in’s, then to build the piece.

I buy 3 packs of Lufkins when on sale.

One day on a high end home, we were talking about this at lunch. We all pulled out our tapes and compared the 6 ft mark. Up to a 1/4 inch difference between brands. Maybe OK for framing. But not for finish work.

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#12 posted 12-15-2013 02:40 PM

Lakelover, over the past 6 months, I got rid of all of my other tape measures to stick with just one for the sake of uniformity when measuring. However, I am having the same problem I have with pencils…set it down and forget where it went. I asked for a shop apron for Christmas, hopefully this will help alleviate the problem and keep my most often used tools close at hand.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#13 posted 12-15-2013 03:16 PM

My shop tip is I hold up both hands and count what I see. At the end of the day I do the same thing. If those two numbers do not match, I go get the Mrs. Now if only I could remember where I left her. Anybody got some extra Velcro?

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#14 posted 12-15-2013 03:57 PM

Use a rake light when you’re preppin’ for finishing. That low angle light will show ya where you need some extra work BEFORE you begin the finishing process.


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#15 posted 12-15-2013 07:21 PM

Tips are posted all over the place. It would be nice to have them all in the same place. I posted about using small eyedrop bottles for dispensing glue. Since I build models, I use lots of very small fasteners, so I use plastic pill bottles to store them. I buy everything in quantities of 100 or more. Storing stuff like screws, nails, staples are the most challenging chore, so getting a good storage plan is essential. In my shop, I have bins, jars, cans, containers of all sizes and types, each labeled for quick access. Nothing worse than being one screw short of a finished project. Here is another tip. I keep strips of wood that would normally be scrap and glue strips of different grades of sandpaper to them.

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