Info

Door frames are made from x V/z" hardwood

Flat head screw acts as catch plate

Rear frame made J from 'two-by' stock

Rare earth magnets keep doors closed

Drill hole with 7,V-dia. twist drill bit for W-dia. ova I head plugs

Plug Setter

Recently, I built a knock-down project that used ovalhead wood plugs to fill the counterbored screw holes. But tapping the plugs into the holes with a hammer created flat spots on top of the plugs.

To solve this problem, I made a plug setter like you see in the drawings. I took a piece of l"-dia. dowel and drilled a "dimple" in one end to match the diameter of die plug, as you can see in detail 'a.'

Now 1 set the plug in the counterbored hole, place the plug setter on the head of the plug, and lightly tap die plug into the hole. No more flat spots on the plugs.

fames Lozve Hall jr.

San Francisco, California

Don't drill past bevel on bit

Dowel

Dead blow hammer

Plug setter is made from 1 "-dia. dowel

Ovalhead plug

Place setter ! on plug ana tap with hammer

Workpiece

Corner Shelf

I wanted to add a small display shelf to the comer of a room. But most corner shelves you buy have large mounting brackets. So I came up with a way to make the mounting hardware "invisible," like you see in the drawing at left.

After cutting out the shelf, I routed a groove along both edges that will sit against the wall. Then, I made two hardwood "brackets" to fit into those grooves.

Next, anchor the brackets to the wall. When the shelf is added, the mounting method is invisible with little impact to the wall.

James Hart Nevada, Missouri

Bracket

Carpet tape ensures shelf "stays put" ~ on brackets

Comer shelf

Attach brackets firmly to corner of wall

" Rout Vi" x Vu" -itopped groove

Hardwood edging

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Quick Tips

HOW MUCH FINISH?

I've got a shelf full of half-used cans of various finishes. But there's no way of knowing how much is left in each can, or how old it is, unless you open each can.

A simple trick 1 use is to draw a line and add the date on the outside of the can to show the level of the contents inside.

Now, a quick glance at the shelf will tell me if I need to go to the store to get more before 1 start applying the finish.

Keith Mulford Arlington Heights, Illinois

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