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Source Lee Valley, (800) 871-8158, www.leevalley.com Lee Valley Caoinetmaker's Glue 2002 GF, #62K01.11,17 oz., $8.

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Consider a Slow-Set Glue

Most wood glues have a 5-minute open time. If you have a complicated assembly, use a glue that gives you extra time, such as Lee Valley's 2002 GF. Its open time is 15 to 20 minutes.

Source Lee Valley, (800) 871-8158, www.leevalley.com Lee Valley Caoinetmaker's Glue 2002 GF, #62K01.11,17 oz., $8.

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Adjust Your Clamps

Make sure your clamps are ready before you glue Unscrew the handles until you have a maximum amount of thread available. Stic- . camps can slow you down. Slide the shd-c -ead on a smai bar damp or the ta stop on a pipe clamp to make sure it moves freely.

Get Ready for a Mess

A cotton rag and a -g r warm water are handy for wiping up spilled glue or lots of squeeze-out. I clt out :ne side of a plastic, jg ;o ~ake a convenient, dis-posac e container.

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Crazy Mistakes Woodworkers Make

Shorts Shock

My husband uses scraps of wood, called "shorts," for carving. In a lumber store, he saw some lovely pieces in a bin behind the counter. But he had a lot of explaining to do after he asked the clerk, "Do you mind if I come around and poke through your shorts?"

Cathy Groves

Guide-Bushing Boo-Boo

I used biscuits to align the boards when I glued together the seat of the rocking chair I was building for my granddaughter. After chiseling a hollow for her little butt, I started to sand the seat smooth. When a slight discoloration appeared, I thought, "No problem. It'll sand out." But sanding only made things worse: Eventually I exposed one of the alignment biscuits. Argh!

I decided to cover the exposed biscuit with a little heart-shaped inlay. After all, one measure of woodworking prowess is concealing unintentionally imparted "character flaws"! I practiced routing on scrap stock, using a shop-made template and two guide bushings. First I routed the recess. Then I changed bushings and routed the inlay. The parts fit perfectly. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to complete the job, but I left everything set up on my workbench.

I returned a week later, excited about embellishing the rocking chair's seat with what I was now calling my "signature mark." I would add little inlaid hearts in all of my projects. Immediately, I routed the recess in the seat. But when I installed the heart-shaped inlay, my heart sank. The recess was way too big. I'd forgotten that the router was still set up to rout the inlay. Because I hadn't swapped the bushings, instead of a signature mark, I'd given the rocker another character flaw!

Tony Abbruzzi

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