Chisel Protectors

I've tried using those little plastic chisel protectors on my chisels, but they always seem to fall off. So I decided to make my own protectors out of wood. The tapered design of my protectors allows the chisel blade to wedge snugly into the opening so the protector won't fall off.

Each protector is made up of a wedge that is sandwiched between two V«"-thick faces, see drawing below. (Using con-

Round over edges with sandpaper the profile of your chisel blade along the edge of a long blank. (The blank should be at least as thick as your chisel blade, see detail 'a'.) Then cut the taper on a band saw and sand or plane the surface smooth and flat

To create the chisel opening, place the chisel on top of the wedge and trace around it Then cut out the waste on a band saw and glue the wedge in between the two face pieces.

After trimming all three layers so they are flush, round over the sharp edges of the protector by sanding them lightly. Then you can apply a finish.

John Ryan Saint Michael, Minnesota

CROSS SECTION

Taper center section Length of protector to match profile of will vary depending chisel blade on size of chisel trasting woods makes the chisel protectors a little more interesting to look at) To make the wedge, simply trace

I Cut tapered section on band saw

Finishing Shelves

Finishing shelves can be a time-consuming task. The problem is that once you've applied the finish to one side of the shelf, you have to wait for it to dry before turning the shelf over to finish the other side.

While working on a project with a lot of shelves, I came up with a simple solution. I just screwed some narrow strips of wood to the back edge of the shelf to act as temporary "feet," see drawing.

This way, I could stand the shelf up while applying finish to both sides. Once the finish is dry, I simply removed the feet And the screw holes aren't visible since they are on the back >**/ edge of the shelf.

Daniel Egan Renton, Washington

QUICK TIP

Whenever I need to mix up a small amount of two-part epoxy for a project, I use one of those little yellow sticky pads as a "palette."

I just mix up the epoxy on top of the pad. After I'm done (and when the epoxy has hardened,) I simply tear off the top sheet and throw it away.

Gary Dale Kettering, Ohio

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

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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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