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Quick Drawer Slides

If you have an older drawer load bearing surfaces in the that binds on its wooden cabinet, see detail 'a'. I use drawer slides, try using two on the cabinet front rail metal thumb tacks for inex- and two on the drawer bot-

pensive drawer glides, see torn at the back, drawing below. Mark Cordes

Just place them on the Shoreview, Minnesota

Stopping Insert Rattle

The metal insert on my iron "ears" down in the table saw used to rattle recessed opening, see whenever the saw was run- drawing and detail below, ning. To eliminate this, I The silicone cushions the simply put a small, (choco- insert and quiets the rattle, late-chip size) drop of sili- Larry Heinanen cone on each of the cast Union City, Michigan

Drilling Jig

When installing shelf pins in a cabinet, it's important to keep the holes aligned. But even when I lay out the holes correctly, the drill bit will sometimes slip while drilling them.

To overcome this problem, I made a jig that guides my drill bit and spaces the holes at the same time.

The jig is just a piece of hardboard or thin plywood attached to a cleat made from a scrap piece of wood. Centered between the inside edge of the cleat and the end of the hardboard is a row of evenly spaced W-dia. holes, see Fig. 1.

To use the jig, position the cleat against the edge of the cabinet and drill your

Insert thumbtacks at front of drawer opening and on bottom of drawer first hole. Insert a dowel into the hole to hold the jig in place and drill the rest of the holes, moving the jig

Center holes between inside edge of cleat and edge of hardboard and dowel from hole to hole as often as needed.

To drill holes at the rear of a cabinet after the back is installed, just flip the jig over, see Fig. 2.

Charles Shere Berkeley, California

Drawer

CROSS SECTION

hardboard

Outfeed Roller

FRONT VIEW

1 %"PVCpipe

1Vs"-dia. dowel

#8xV/2°Fh woodscrew

#8x VA" Fh woodscrew port to a sawhorse so the top of the roller is aligned with the table on your saw.

William McMullen Milford, Connecticut the dowel and with both pieces positioned between the support frame, drive a screw into each end.

Finally, clamp the sup-

I built my own outfeed roller from a piece of PVC pipe and a dowel, see photo.

Start by cutting the dowel slightly longer than

Drill Press Fence

Drilling long pieces of stock on a drill press can be a challenge. To make the job go easier, I made an extra long fence from a 4' long piece of angle iron. A couple of pieces of the pipe, see drawing.

Then make a support frame out of some scraps of wood, see drawing. Now place the pipe over

Quick Tips wood are bolted to the bottom of the fence to support the workpiece. Then just bolt the fence to the slots in the table.

John Walker Xenia, Ohio

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