Quick Tips


I've had trouble in the past keeping paper templates in place on a work-piece. To solve this problem, I now copy the templates on clear label stock available at office supply stores. That way I can peel and stick the template right where I need it.

Jim Head Grove, Oklahoma


Too many times I've found stains on glued-up panels that were caused by the pipe clamps reacting with glue squeeze-out. To prevent this from happening, I gave the pipes a coat of fast drying spray lacquer. When it wears off, you can simply spray on another coat.

Andrew Kraemer Crown Point, Indiana


Remembering how to set up a jig or power tool for a particular operation can sometimes take a little trial and error. But I found that I can jump start my memory by taking a photo of the setup with a digital or instant camera. I can then tape the photo to the jig or keep it in a file for quick reference.

Tom Cook Fairview, Pennsylvania

The Winner!

Congratulations to Carl Wood of Burleson, Texas. His tip on making a band saw arc-cutting jig was selected to be the winner of a Bridge City Block Plane just like the one shown at left.

Carl designed the jig to build several tile-top tables and found that it had many other uses as well. To find out how you could win one, see the box on page 4.

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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