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'-^pr the shaper with metal dryer vent hose, as shown in the drawing. The chips drop out in the garbage can and only the dust goes to the vacuum. The secret is to keep all the connections, including the lid, airtight. You'll have to figure out how to attach the hoses to your particular garbage can lid. Duct tape is a big help.

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Woodworkers have contrived a great many devices to hold up the end of a long board clamped in a vise, but few are as simple and reliable as this one. Screw an ordinary metal shelf standard to a leg of the workbench. Fit it with a shelf bracket and a piece of split tubing or hose for cushioning.

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Stop the Rattle

To keep my tablesaw insert from vibrating and rattling, I put little dabs of Shoe Goo on the sides near the corners. Next I trimmed —^ it to fit with a ^ ^

Splinter-Free Plywood Cuts

The tendency of portable circular saws to splinter the top side of plywood can be minimized with the saw guide shown in the drawing. Make it out of two pieces of wood. The edge of the upper narrow piece must be

Extended- ' Wear Shims

I use adhesive-backed metal tape from home centers or building-sup-ply stores as a durable shim that withstands wear. It's great for correcting a sloppy fit between a miter-gauge bar and a table slot.

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To prevent contact-cemented surfaces from touching while I position plastic laminate on the underlay stock, I place individual strips of old Venetian blinds bc-^ tween them. The> pull iy _ . . W&Stk Ping thc lami-

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Sawing Plexiglass

When sawing Plexiglass or similar thin plastics, I control chipping and shattering by applying masking tape to both sides of the plastic right over where the cut will go. The tape gives

me a surface for marking the cut line and prevents chipping during the cut. It's been helpful with a circular saw, a bandsaw and a scroll saw. It also helps to use a fine-toothed blade and to hold the plastic sheet to prevent vibration.

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Stop Dust Migration

Mv wife used to complain about dust from my basement shop appearing all over the house. I finally figured out how it got there; via the furnace, from the basement cold-air return ducts. To stop the dust, I got some felt from the local fabric store and taped it over the basement cold-air return grills. No more complaints.' Apparently the furnace filter just wasn't fine enough.

Jim Turbyville West land, MI

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