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(available at pharmacies). Brush or roll enough glue onto the canvas for four to six slats. Then coat the back of the first slat and carefully place it on the grid. Press it down firmly along its length. As the glue cools, it will tack and set.

Position the next slat parallel to the first and as close to it as possible. Don't panic if the glue dries too soon; just heat it with a hair dryer and position it again. Do this for each slat until you've covered the glue-coated area, then brush on glue for the next few slats, and repeat.

After all the slats have set, flip the canvas over and check the bond. If any areas are loose, you can warm the canvas with an iron or hair dryer and repress them.

Once the glue is completely dry, clean any dust or debris out of the tambour grooves, wax the ends to avoid binding in the grooves, and reattach the door.

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Burnt-Out Burn-In Sticks

I find that, after six or seven months, my lacquer sticks don't flow on my electric knife as they once did. Instead, they're rubber)' and pull back out of the voids I'm trying to fill. What's going on?

Vic Abraham Gautier, MS

O Burn-in sticks have a definite shelf life related to temperature. If you live in an area with very hot summers, your sticks are not likely to survive even one summer. Once a stick has "turned," its normally shiny surface will develop fine hairline cracks.

You can substantially extend the life of your burn-in sticks by keeping them in the refrigerator—but you might want to post a note to the family that they are not candy.

Michael Dresdner Finishing consultant & AW contributing editor Tacoma, WA

Simple Drawer Lining

©I built the jewelry chest in AW #54, and I'm looking for a quick way to line the drawers. Any ideas?

Connie Jaarsma Pella, IA

O Here's a simple method. All you need are a few scraps of mat board and some imitation suede (available at most fabric stores). Cut the mat board 1/16 in. shy of the drawers' inside dimensions, apply spray adhesive, then wrap it in suede. If you're lucky the liner will be a press-fit; if not, use a dab of glue to hold it in place.

Michael Sage Furniture maker Redwood City, CA

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