Mobile Machinists Vise

A little metalworking Finds its way into my woodshop from time to time. When cutting metal, it's best to use a machinist's vise to get a better grip. Because it sticks up and is in the way, I can't permanently attach it to my woodworking bench. Instead, 1 built a simple platform from doubled-up 3 4-in. plywood with a 2x2 cleat screwed to the bottom. The platform allows me to temporarily mount my vise to my bench when needed. It spends the rest of the time on the shelf below the bench.

Storage HangUp

I'm a neat freak and I jump at any idea that keeps stuff off my bench. I built a glue bottle perch for my pegboard just for that reason. It's just a couple of boards with a cutoff section of PVC pipe screwed to the back and a pair of holes for the peg hangers. The PVC ring keeps the bottle secure on its perch. The glue bottle loves it's new home above the fray on my bench. I've expanded the idea to include my biscuit container and I'm making one for my coffee cup next. For your nearest dealer,...

Blank Tape Measure

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Moisture Starved Glue Joint

Q. built a project with MDF and polyurethane glue, but now it's corning apart. I thought this kind of glue was super strong. What did I do wrong A. Polyurethane glue is plenty strong for woodworking, but it can't be applied like good old yellow glue. Pete Ragland, head of the technical department at Gorilla Glue, recognized your problem immediately. Polyurethane glues need moisture to form a strong bond and MDF can be dry as dust. When you're gluing man-made materials or kiln-dried wood with...