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  • No-Mess Saw Blade Cleaning

    Recently, I decided it was time to clean my saw blades to remove a bunch of built-up gunk. I laid the blades on newspaper to suck up the extra cleaning solution and I cleaned a few. I looked down at a huge mess I had just made and I said to myself, “There has to

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  • Tame That Wayward Nail

    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.

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    How to Remove Rust from Table Saws

    “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

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    Cutting Across the Grain and Getting a Smooth Cut

    “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,

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    Cleaning Your Table Saw Top

    “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

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    Preventing Freezables from Freezing in a Cold Shop

    “Do you have any suggestions about how to keep the water bath for my water stones from freezing in my shop during cold nights? I heat the shop only when I am working, so it gets below freezing some nights. I have brought the stones indoors for now, but this is very inconvenient. I have

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    How to Price Projects

    “What is a good guideline that is fair when charging for projects to sell or building a small cabinet for someone. What is fair when considering cost of material and labor? Do you mark up the cost of material? What is a fair labor rate?” Submitted by: D. Bender Projects you might be interested in:

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  • Custom Diameter Bit

    A few years ago, I was installing some balusters that the customer had picked up from a salvage yard for his stairway. I went to my local lumber supplier and bought some 3/4″ dowels to insert into the bottom of each baluster so we could glue them into holes in the stair treads. When I

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  1. Bonface kibue

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