Tech Tips

Easy Mortises

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I recently needed to cut over 100 equally spaced mortises. To save time, I set up a stop on my tablesaw and cut identical mortise pockets with a dado blade. I then closed the mortises by gluing a side member over the dadoes. After trimming, the glue line was imperceptible.

Bill White Williston, VT

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glass (not the thin window variety) and glue ^/g-in.-dia. rare-earth magnets as shown, (available from Lee Valley, 800-871-8158). This is best done by laying the glass dircctly on a steel or iron surface, putting a drop of cyanoacrylate glue on the glass, then positioning the magnet. Magnetic force holds everything in place while the glue sets. Set the jig on the outfeed table, position the knife at top dead center so it contacts the leading magnets, and tighten the retaining screws.

Lome Davidoff* Stoufville, Ontario

Shop-Made Guide Blocks

I replaced the metal guide blocks in my handsaw with guide blocks made from hard maple. The wood blocks give excellent support to the blade without damaging the teeth. Also, when using narrow blades (Vg in. or less) I can bur)' the blade within the blocks for better control. When the blocks become worn, they are easily replaced or trued up on a disc sander.

Lonnie Bird Gallipolis, OH

Squaring the Edge

By adding a steel guide plate to my iron plane, 1 can plane the edge of a board exactly square. Choose a plane 14 in. or longer and remove both handles along with the central casting, or "frog." Ccntcrpunch and drill two holes in the plane body using a drill press, then drill

and tap the plate for #10-32 machine screws. File a V-notch in the plate to clear the blade. Make a trial cut and adjust the skew of the blade until the edge of the board is exactly 90* to the face.

Ray Hannula Delafield, WI

Flossing the Teeth

After soaking my gummcd-up circular saw blades in solvent for a couple of hours, I "floss" the teeth. I do this by clamping the blade between two pieces of scrap and then running a piece of rope—braided cotton clothesline works well—back and forth in ever)' gullet and across every tooth. This removes the softened pitch much more effectively than a brush would.

David Lcard Mobile, AL

Clue oversize side member

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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