Lid Support Brackets

ledger strips to underside of board.

Turning the Leg Out

Repairing chairs usually involves some disassembly—pulling rungs out of legs and extracting legs from the wooden scat. My method is to clamp the seat in

a vise, or, if the back is off, put it on the floor and kneel on ir. Then I grasp the recalcitrant leg with both hands and simultaneously twist it counterclockwise while rotating it clockwise. At the same time I pull. Even wedged legs can be coaxed out in this way.

Jason Richardson Binghamton, NY

Planing By Router

With the right jig you can do most anything with a router—even plane boards. My jig consists of a rectangular frame that guides a long auxiliary router base. I made the frame as shown, using 2x6s

I made an auxiliary router base long enough to straddle the 2x6s and enable the bit to reach anywhere within the frame. Use a stiff piece of plywood or hardwood for the base because there mustn't be any give in this piece. (Depending on the length of your bits you may have to cut a recess for the router base.)

I set the frame on my bench, clamped the 2x4s in my two tail vises, and placed the tabletop to be planed inside. Setting the router bit to just skim the surface. I went to work.

Chuck LcDoux Heppner, OR

Circular Saw Gauge

I often use a straightedge combined with a circular saw to make accurate cuts.

length (or less), you can cut all four faces with one setting of the jig. For longer tapers, cut two adjacent tapers on each leg and then reset the angle to cut the remaining two.

Anthony Yackimowicz Hazleton, PA

Let Them Eat Soup

An average can of soup has a dia. of in. A roll of masking tape, with an internal dia. of 3 in., slips over the can very nicely. You can conveniently store several rolls on the outside, leaving the inside of the can available for smaller rolls of other types of tape. Enjoy the soup—I prefer asparagus—then nail the can to the wall near your bench.

Ivor Pelikan San Francisco, CA

Down the Tube

To poke a small wire through a hollow wall or cabinet space, first insert a small-diameter piece of conduit, PVC pipe or

The set-up tool illustrated enables me to position the straightedge prcciscly before making the cut—whichever side I'm working from. I found this gauge so useful that I made another for use with various diameter router bits.

Edwin Perry Albany, CA

Leg-Tapering Jig

This simple jig makes cutting consistent tapers on table legs easy—and safe. If the leg is tapered for one-third of its copper tube. This will guide the wire, which may be too limp to make the journey unaided. Be sure to remove the tube before connecting the wires.

Terry Wells Ashland, OR

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