Patience and Accuracy Pay Off. There is nothing quite as beautiful as a small wooden jewelry box and its promise of treasures hidden inside. Poorly installed hinges that bind or catch can ruin the anticipation of opening the lid. Installing hinges to hold the lid in place can be tricky, if not downright maddening. The
“I recently built my daughter a book case with maple plywood. I made a homemade pegboard jig for drilling the shelf support hole. On this jig, I used blue chalk to mark the holes for drilling. Some of the chalk got on the maple. I brushed it away. Most of the chalk was brushed off.
“What is the best way to line up a barrel hinge from the lid to the body of the project?” Submitted by: lvshilling WWGOA Editor Response: Try using dowel centers. These handy devices have a barrel that fits into a hole and a point that projects above the hole. Drill the barrel hinge holes in
Real Sharp, Real Fast for Under $50. If you want to get an animated discussion going within a group of woodworkers, just mention sharpening. Everyone has his or her own answer for getting the best edge in the least amount of time. The price range for sharpening equipment is huge. At the low end of
Errant nail? Pull, Don’t Push for the Cleanest Fix Air-nailers have made fastening much more efficient. I use my air-nailers on a daily basis to fasten small pieces of trim to cabinets, frames and doors. While the process is much more efficient, there’s a little less control when driving the nails, compared to hand nailing.
“I am looking at a used 10″ table saw to replace my very old one. The top has a light coating of rust from just sitting in the garage. How is the best way to remove it, if possible?” Submitted by: brandenbergs WWGOA Editor Response: I’ve had great luck getting surface rust off tools using
“How can I cut across grain on OAK plywood and get a smooth cut? I used a brand new Freud Diablo 40-tooth circular saw blade and it chipped out on the cut. Please help.” Submitted by: lpribyl WWGOA Editor Response: There are a handful of tricks you can try for cutting across the grain. First,
Handy Label Holders: Make a Bunch Using Simple Production Techniques. I’ll admit it… I’m an organizing freak! Every tool, screw, nail, etc. in my shop, has a designated and labeled home. I designed these wooden label holders to accept 1/2″ wide labels I made and printed on the computer. They’re a great addition to my
“How do you keep your table saw so shiny? I use tool spray, but it leaves the cast iron top foggy looking. Do you recommend a wax instead?” Submitted by: John WWGOA Editor Response: There are a number of good products on the market that will protect your tools. Wax is fine, but I’m too