Workshop Tips Tool Giveaway

Win 2007's Hottest New Tool

Send us your best original workshop tips:

Tips that save money, time or space. Tips for gluing, clamping and assembling. Tips for measuring, machining or finishing. Look around your shop: Send us every tip you have that makes your woodworking successful and fun.

The editors of American Woodworker will choose their six favorite tips. The submitters of the top three tips will each receive a complete Festool Domino package including both accessory stops and a Systainerfull of Domino tenons-a $990 value! For complete information about the Festool Domino visit www. american wood wo rke r. com/dom i no. The submitters of the remaining three favorite tips will each receive their choice of a Festool OF1400EQ Router ($405 value), a Festool C12 Cordless Drill ($350 value) or a Festool CT Midi Dust Extractor ($330 value). All other tips that are published in our Workshop Tips department will earn the submitter $100.

To enter: E-mail your original tips with photos to [email protected] or mail them to Workshop Tips Tool Giveaway, American Woodworker Magazine, 1285 Corporate Drive Center, Suite 180. Eagan, MN 55121. Submissions must be received by July 31, 2007. Winners will be announced in the October 2007 issue of American Woodworker. Submissions cannot be returned and become our property upon acceptance and payment.

Knee-Saving Compressor Drain

Crouching to operate my compressor's drain valve was no big deal until my football-ravaged knees started acting up. To keep from grimacing in the sawdust, I devised a more civilized way to clear the tank. I replaced the drain valve with a 90-degree elbow, a 200-psi-rated reinforced hose and a ball valve. Barb fittings on the elbow and ball valve and clamps on the hose keep everything air tight. I chose a ball valve instead of an air nozzle so no one would mistake my new drain hose for a regular air hose.

Richard Fenwick

Leather Tool Sheaths

When I'm not using my chisels I keep them in a drawer, so I made a set of leather sheaths to protect their sharp ends. I bought the leather and some rivets from a hobby shop and made sheaths for all my chisels in about an hour.

To make your own sheaths, cut leather strips twice the length of the finished sheath, and about 3/4" wider than the chisel's blade. Fold the leather strip in half lengthwise and punch holes for the rivets with an awl. Split rivets are the simplest to install because all you need is a hammer and a piece of steel—I used the edge of my rise.

Michael Dromey

30-Minute Marking Gauge

Make this handy little gem for less than $5. You'll need one piece of hardwood for the beam and another for the fence. You'll also need two 1/4-20 threaded inserts and a thumbscrew. Drill a hole through the fence for the thumbscrew, 1-1/2-in. from one end. Then rip the fence into two pieces. Cut a dado for the beam in the center of the top piece. Enlarge the drilled hole in the bottom piece and install one threaded insert. Glue the pieces back together and bandsaw a kerf up to the beam opening. Install the other threaded insert in the beam, 3/4-in. from the end. The pencil threads into this insert, so it really stays put. On the beam's other end, I installed a hardened screw after grinding the point sharp, to use for scribing.

Rich Scudero

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