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to think about every cut you arc going to make. Don't do anything stupid, and don't rush any of your work.

Bruce Falink Minneapolis, MN

Dusty Solution?

In "Tech Tips," AW #63, Andy Olerud suggests that a bucket screwed to the bottom of his router table could be connected to his dust collector to collect the chips. I'm concerned about this idea. The fans in router motors arc designed to draw cooling air from the top down through the tool, toward the bit. It seems to me that the dust collector could end up pulling chips and dust into the motor windings. Since the router is already upside down, it's already fighting a battle with gravity to keep out the dust.

John Doud

Mike Whitman of Porter-Cable informs us that a dust-collection setup like Mr. Olerud's could result in the need for more frequent cleaning and maintenance of the router. Dust and debris can cause router problems, including heat buildup and premature failure. Routers should be blown out regularly with compressed air.—Eds.

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I am sure that I speak for many others when I say that we'd like to be able to access your great online site from any Web browser.

James C. Boggio

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Shop Shot Hits Home

I very much enjoyed your "Shop Shot" of Joe Susco and his garage-based workshop (AW #61). It reminds me a lot of myself, since my own shop is probably about the same size as Joe's. I noticed several other similarities as well—the picture of the Studley tool chest, all the Delta equipment, and the recycled kitchen cabinets.

1 think there arc lots of small-shop woodworkers out there who arc encouraged by guys who turn out high-quality work in these conditions with a little imagination and creativity.

One solution I have found is to specialize in small projects like Joe's humidors (I build toys). They require only short pieces of lumber that are inexpensive, easy to store, and easy to maneuver in a small workspace. It is also important to finish each project and clear off the space it is taking before starting in on another one,

Steve Schutte Columbus, OH


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