Benchtop Extension When I needed to plane some extra-long stock, I improvised a 2-ft. extension for my benchtop as shown. It projects far enough that I can clamp the work between the stop on the end of the extension and the dog in the tail vise at the other end of the bench. I've also made some shorter extensions by nailing a plywood 'L' to a scrap piece of 2x4.
Carl Dorsch Pittst u rgli, PA
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After misplacing my tablesaw push stick a dozen times, I finally came up with a solution: I drilled a shallow hole in the handle and epoxied in a small, round magnet. Now the push stick "sticks" to the front of my tablesaw, so it's always there when needed.
David Drelier All entown, PA
A thirsty crow, unable to reach the level of water in a pitcher, dropped pebbles into the jar until the water rose to the brim. Similarly, to prevent varnish (or paint) from oxidizing and forming a skin, drop marbles into the can. The level will rise, reducing the
volume of air to near zero. When it's all over, rinse the marbles in thinner and start over.
Doug Kenney South Dcnni*. MA
I recently needed a long, narrow yet stiff brush. Nothing seemed to work until I thought of Chinese chopsticks, the bamboo kind, of course, not plastic. I gently beat the pointed end with a hammer until the fibers were well separated and I had a fine-bristle brush.
I've found these makeshift brushes work well wherever you need a glue applicator, paintbrush or crevice-cleaning tool. I;or a fresh brush. just cut off the old tip and beat yourself a new one. When you run out of chopsticks, take mother out for Chinese. She'll love you for it, and you'll net a free shop tool.
Bud Morang RiceviIle,TN
To find the center of a circle, position a postcard or sheet of paper so one corner touches the circumference (X in the drawing). Mark the points where the circle crosses the edges of the sheet (A and B in the drawing) and join the points with a straight line. Pick another section of the circle and repeat the process (C and I) in drawing). The intersection of the
two lines always gives the exact center of the circle.
Wesley Leinlwcli »
When setting a new knife in a planer or jointer, it's hard to determine the exact point at which the edge of the knife first touches the gauge. My solution is a simple one: Insulate the ends of the gauge with electrical tape and then hook an ohm meter to the gauge and planer as shown. Set the blade in place and slowly raise it until you make contact.
If you don't have an ohm meter, a flashlight battery wired to a bulb is equally effective.
I've never had any trouble lowering the table on my drill press, but I'm going on 80 now and raising it without a crank is getting harder. Mv solution is to attach a simple tackle to the collar as shown. To raise the table. I slack the chimp and pull down on the line. The iron sash weight keeps tension in the line and also acts as a counterbalance. You can get the pulleys and %rin. nylon line at your local hardware store.
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Lincoln, NE CUMINGS rr MAIN* SI1NIWWUI
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