Jim Morgans Wood Profits

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Economical Inserts

Commercially made zero-clearance inserts cost about $20. I make mv own for less than $3 from 3/8-in.-thick polyethylene cutting boards, which are flat and rigid. A 14-in. x 17-in. cutting board ($10 at a discount department store) yields four inserts.

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After rough-sawing the blank on my handsaw, I attach the saw's insert with double-faced tape. Then I rout die blank to final size using a flush-trim bit. I drill 11/64-in. pilot holes and install the adjustment screws, which are 3/8-in.-long #10-24 Allen-head set screws

(about 40 cents each at a hardware store). Raising the blade through the polyethylene to cut the zero-clearance slot, leaves plastic curls around die edge. They're easily removed by filing or sanding.

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Board-Stretching Joint

I bought a planer/molder so I molding, but all 1 had to make it were could make my own moldings. My liv- 12-ft. boards. I didn't want to setde ing room required one 28-ft.-long for separate 12-ft. molding sections h*-4 UNITS-*H

mitered during installation. I wanted Lhis molding to be one continuous piece.Joining the boards with diagonal scarf joints before molding them was the solution.

To make a scarf joint, lay out the angles using at least a 4-to-l ratio—4 in. of run for every 1-in. rise. Increasing the ratio strengthens the glue joint. The joint will be inconspicuous if you match the boards' grain direction and patterns. Use your band-saw or a sabersaw to cut the angles. Then joint the edges by attaching a fence and routing with a flush-trim bit.

Glue the boards togedier on a flat surface. Install the clamps perpendicular to the joint lo keep the pieces from sliding; You may have to notch the edges of the boards' to hold the clamps at the propei' angle.


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Deep-Reach Handscrew

Recently, a friend asked me to reglue the buckled veneer in a tabletop. The problem was located too far from the edge to clamp with my longest handscrew, so I added wooden lingers to nearly double its reach. I made the fingers of 3/4-in. hickory, though you could use any hard, stiff wood. I fastened them with l-l/2-in.-long No. 14 screws. The fingers rcduce the jaw capacity by 1-1/2-in., down to 3 in. on my 8-in. handscrew. Longer fingers on a larger handscrew should be thicker to minimize deflection. To screw on the fingers, 1 open the jaws wide, like a yawning cartoon alligator.

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