Bruce Leviue New York, NY
The I)owcl-lt dowelling jig is a useful, versatile tool but it has flaws: The handle is too small and its sharpness hurts the hand when tightened. After suffering this minor annoyance for years I finally made a wooden handle long enough to apply the necessary torque. The two halves of this new handle slip over the steel pin and attach with wood screws.
To improve the dust collection on my tablesaw I used duct tape to seal all the seams around the clean-out door and between the floor and stand. I also closed the gap for the tilting arbor wheel with a piece of slotted rubber that's attached with duct tape. The suction is so strong now that it actually helps hold the wood down on the table!
C.l enn Hughes Em maun, PA
Fold ing Sandpaper—Again
I like David Hurd's method of folding sandpaper (aw *28). Here's another way that a local boatbuilder showed me. You cut the sandpaper halfway through and then fold it as shown. It makes a nice, thick pad and nowhere is the grit nibbing against itself.
Madel eine Joll nson Halifax, Nm'a Scotia
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The Top Tilts for Display and Rotates for Use
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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.