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My method works equally well whether the angle is only a few degrees or 45°.
Yeung Chan Millkrae, CA
When resawing, most people use a fence to keep the stock perpendicular to the table. But with a fixed fence» you're in trouble if the blade has any mil all-purpose vinyl covering works best. It's inexpensive and widely available in drug stores. An advantage of see-through patterns is that you can arrange the grain direction to match the project.
Jerry Cozzcn Anchorage, AK
This sandpaper holder keeps the paper flat and organized by grit—and you can readily check your supply. The base is
3/4 -in. plywood; I made the dividers from l/4 -in. plywood. A lead weight, placed on top, keeps everything flat.
Tim Green Lancaster, CA
2. Grind broken ends
3. Untwist and braze.
2. Grind broken ends
trick is to twist one end 180° before clamping the two ends together for grinding. This way, no matter what angle you grind, you'll find that the ends fit just right when placed end-to-end for brazing.
D.F. Lucas Jekyll Islands. GA
This simple jig prevents bits from "walking" when you're drilling pockct holes. First I find the approximate drilling angle—say 15°—and double it to get tendency to wander. I solve the problem by resawing freehand, with my workpiecc attached to one side of a 3-in. by 6-in. by 24-in. block of wood as shown here. This jig also allows me to cut tapers and curves—something you can't do with a fence.
E.S. Martin Montrose, AL
To prolong the life of my paper patterns I tracc them onto clear plastic with a black marking pen. I've found that 8-
Smoothing Edges on Acrylics
F.vcn a sharp carbidc-tipped blade will leave saw marks when cutting acrylics. Here's a quick way to get them out.
Take a single-edge razor blade, skewed slightly to the direction of travel, and scrape the edge. Then gently chamfer the corners. Strip off the protective paper
and make a light pass with a propane torch. This will remove any remaining marks and leave a polished edge.
Alex Moll Marysville, WA
Brazing Bandsaw Blades
Here's a foolproof way to grind the broken ends of a bandsaw blade so the brazed joint fits together perfectly. The
30°. I then cut a scrap of wood to this angle and clamp it to the workpiece, placing the vertex where I want the drill to enter. Then I drill the hole, bisecting the 30° angle by eye.
The jig is sacrificial, but it's usually good for several holes. It helps to use wood of similar hardness to the stock.
Glenn Sadler Myrtle Beach, SC
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