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American Woodworker OCTOBER 2001

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Getting Stain Out of Corners

Q. I like using gel stain on difficult to stain woods like birch because it doesn't leave a blotchy look. But man, the stuff is a pain to get out of corners. No matter how hard I push. I can't force the rag deep enough into the corner to clean up the excess stain. Got any neat tricks?

Bruce Pinski Ontario, CA

A. It's no picnic to get any kind of stain out of a corner, and the thick consistency of gel stain makes it especially tough. Here's our suggestion: Use a dry brush to whisk away the excess gel stain. Unlike a rag, the bristles of the brush are easy to get into corners. Use a rag to wipe excess stain off the brush and to keep it dry. It works great! Be sure to clean the brush after you're done so it s ready to come to the rescue the next time you stain yourself into a corner.

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Better Joints

Q. I like the clean look of thin, solid-wood edge banding on plywood. But, without a jointer to remove the saw marks. I'm unable to get an invisible joint.Any suggestions for a guy without a jointer?

Damian Boyle High Prairie, Alberta j

A. Instead of a jointer, you can use a router table. An up-cut spiral bit does the best job, but a straight cutter will do.

For the board to have continuous support before and alter the cut, you'll need to create an offset on the outfeed side of the fence that's equal to the amount of wood removed. A strip of self-stick ultra-high molecular weight (UHMVV) tape on an auxiliary fence does the trick. UHMVV is a special plastic that wears forever and provides a

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slick surface for the wood to glide on. Using a straightedge, set the fence so the cutter is exactly flush with the taped side.

To make the narrow strips for your invisible joint, start with a wide board and clean up one edge on the router table. 'ITien rip the lAl-in. strip from the clean edge of the board. Repeat for as many strips as you need.

See also,"Router Table Jointer Fence," AW «85, February 2001, page 38.


Highland Hardware. (800) 241-6748 I tt-in. carbide spiral-end mill bit. #10.45.14; $50. UHMW tape. 3/4-in. x 6 ft. #08.60 91; $7.

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