Threaded Insert

You can make the blade cut on the push stroke or the pull — whichever you prefer—by attaching the wooden handle at one-end or the other.

Paul Payne Vero Beach, FL

type of coarse wood screw. To make one. find an old lawn-mower axle bolt and file two fiats so you can slip a wrench on it.

Put a washer over the end of the bolt, coat the threads with cpoxy and screw on a Snn. threaded insert. Ilien drill a '/>in.-dccp hole in the center of your turning blank and screw the threaded insert into it. Put the shank of the bolt in your lathe chuck and you're in business.

Lylc Terrell New Orleans, LA

Steaming Along

The next time you want to bend

solid wood edging around a curve, try coaxing it with a steam iron. The combination of heat and moisture is very effective. Steam irons are also useful when removing dents and bruises from finished surfaces. Lay a damp cloth over the wood, set ■>/\ the control to "linen" and iron away. The compressed fibers will soften, swell and return to the original surface. A light sanding will complete the job.

Carv Lowranee Orland 1 iills, IL

Orbital Honing

During my SO years of \v(x>dworking I've found a simple, easy method to hone edges that you won't find in any textbook. First. I make a plywood plate to fit snugly over the pad of my orbital palm sander and cut a recess in the plywood to fit a small oilstone. Then I clamp the sander upside down in a vise with padded jaws, put in a stone and turn the sander on. The sander helps move the tool around so the stone wears evenly, and it's amazing how quickly and uniformly it hones a surface.

Milton rnelcer Salina, KS

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You can make the blade cut on the push stroke or the pull — whichever you prefer—by attaching the wooden handle at one-end or the other.

Paul Payne Vero Beach, FL

Low-tech Tri m Saw

I have a way to cut plugs flush with a finished surface that doesn't need a router ("Tech Tips," aw #34). I take a new hacksaw blade—the flat type with no ripples—grind the teeth completely off one side, then smooth that side with fine emery paper. The blade is flexible enough to be readily sprung down flat on a finished surface, and it won't leave any scratches.

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