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Q. I love building reproduction furniture, but I'm having trouble getting the details right, Where can I go for help?

Charles Scott Shelbyville, KY

A. Bona fide measured drawings are hard to find, so your best bet is to contact professional woodworkers in the reproduction business. There's a group called the Society of Period Furniture Makers (www.sapfm.org) that may be just what you're looking for, Don't be put off by the title; this is a bunch of folks that welcome woodworkers of all abilities. Membership is $35 a year. Once a member, you can post questions through their Web site with some confidence that you'll get a reliable answer.

In addition to the Web site, this organization sponsors an annual conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, publishes a newsletter and holds summer workshop programs.

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Longer-Lasting Steel Wool

It's always bugged me that steel wool pads don't last longer. Each pad is made of thousands of sharp-edged steel strands. The problem is, they're packed together so tightly they clog up l ight away and most of them never get used.

I'm a die-hard tightwad, so I came up with this trick to extend the life of my steel wool. I unroll each pad and shape it into a fluffy ball before 1 use it. As the ball gets flattened, I stop and gently pull it back apart. Re-fluffing exposes new sharp edges and releases wood dust and broken-off bits of worn-out steel wool.

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