Melamine Shelving


Straight Edges Without a Big Jointer

I can't edge joint boards longer than 4 ft. on my little jointer. I don't have the dough for a big jointer (yet!), so I had to figure out a way to edge joint those long boards. Here's what I came up with:

I bought an 8-ft. length of melamine-covered shelving from the home center. I ran a shallow rabbet along the top edge so an 8-ft. length of

1-in. aluminum angle would fit in flush with the surface of the shelf. I epoxied T-track into a dado that runs parallel to the aluminum edge. The T-track accepts clamps that hold the work-piece securely while allowing clearance for the router base. To use the jig, just clamp the board so the uneven edge just overhangs the aluminum angle. Then clean up the edge with your router and a flush-trim bit.

Properly supported, this jig yields excellent straight edges on boards up to 8-ft. long. The jig also stores easily against a wall when not in use. It may not replace a full-size jointer, but for less than $50, it's well worth the little bit of construction time.

Stephen Primatic

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Eliminate Clogged Caps

Is your glue bottle half empty or half full? Either way, you're sure to become an optimist after trying this glue-bottle storage block. By storing the bottle upside down, you eliminate the half-dried glue that's forever plugging up the nozzle. Plus, there's no more waiting for the glue to run down the sides and into the tip.

Here's what to do: Take a block of wood about 3 in. x 3 in. and drill a l-l/14-in.-dia. hole for the cap of the bottle followed by a

5/8-in.-dia. hole for the neck. Make the hole just deep enough to hold the cap onto the upside down glue bottle. Store the glue bottle in the block and your glue is ready to run right when you need it and because there's no air in the cap, there's never any crusty buildup to clean out.

Bruce Kieffer

Bathroom-Cup Mixers

I always mix my own stain because I rarely find the color I want right out of the can. After the many hours of careful planning and execution that go into building a piece of furniture, I just can't open a can of stain and take my chances with the finish.

For mixing small color samples I use those little 3-oz.-disposable plastic cups. The plastic cups work much better than paper cups, which can leak with some finishes. You can buy them at any grocery store. For a few bucks more you can even buy the dispenser, hang it on your shop wall and have them right at hand.

Jean Bartholome

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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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