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Handsaw Hanger

I have a method of hanging saws that keeps them high out of the way but low enough so I can easily reach them when I need to.

As shown in the drawing below, the hanger consists of beveled blocks and loose dowels sandwiched between hardboard faces.

To insert the saw, all I have to do is slip it into kerfs in the front hard-board face. The dowels serve as cams to pinch and hold the saws in place (photo on right).

Mawm. Peterson Long Prairie, Minnesota

-Blocks are cut from from ply.

NOTE: Slots are made by cutting kerfs with a hand saw

NOTE:

Back and front are made from Va" hardboard

Sanding Tip

Sanding round legs and rounded corners using sheets of sandpaper can be frustrating, because the paper backing isn't very flexible.

ends between Us: can see in the era makes it easier::

My solution is to use a sanding belt that's been cut in half. Sanding belts have fabric backings that are much more flexible than sandpaper sheets. Fastening the

Sanding belt

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ic do is loosen the studded knobs and : wer ft oeiow the benchtop. 3ji you want to be careful and not raise t ;:3j above your workpiece. It could ■ *T':5"e with your sander or plane and ;y ruin not only your workpiece, i s. your toots and the end stop as well.

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Workbench End Stop

Holding a workpiece wh le planing or belt sanding can be tricky, and using clamps to hold the p:sce is more hindrance than help So I came up with an adjustable stoc that I mounted to one end of my workbench to solve this problem (see photo at right).

First, i cut a 4"-wtcte piece of : plywood to match the width of m. workbench top. Then I cut a pair :: vertical slots in the stop to hold a couple of studded knobs. To attac- 7 Stop to the bench, I installed thre; -inserts into the end of my workbe~;- tr =: the studded knobs can be screwer

Now, I can raise the end stop ar -. ly secure it to hold the workpiece I'm sanding or planing. And the be a. r. this end stop is that I can easily " : ' of my way when I don't need i:. ^ ~

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■measured diagonally across to the inside corners of each piece. When that distance ■assured 5', I knew I had a 90° angle at inside of the heel (remember the z .-lagorean Theorem?). Finally, I used four screws to hold the parts together at the - ee . then attached a cross piece of hard-board to secure that right angle.

Don Parker Irving, Texas targe layout Square

I build a lot of cabinets, and my s carpenter's square just wasr 1 big -: -to handle the layouts. I needed sc - :-larger to reach across plywood par« speed up the job. And I wanted s: - = more accurate than a drywaii ~■ = z . :-

My soiution was to make my o%vr square (see photo at right:, and :- * rials came from my scraps. For are-nc: square is made from two sf : e : wood. The tongiLieof the sq.- = 'i s : ; to register itagainstworko^eif _-is long enough to reach aczi; ; i of plywood. The length o1 the :c--z me a 36" inside length.

Of course, the inside =": -: " ; " exactly 90°. To do that. I a:--?:?; , pendicula-- :.

Add shims until miter is closed tight

Knot keeps rope from pulling through

Stuff loose ends into counterbore

Cord Storage

I have about a dozen extensio- ::r:: ? =' "opes in my workshop that I needed to :?' satly.

My solution is shown in the let---drilled and counterbored a series of i-c n fie center of a long board about ever »< S ~ :~es. Next, I cut V-long pieces of Vd" nylcn ::" 5id tied the ends of each cord together - npleover-

hanc - • see drawing at le^t "nen I pushed eac~ cord through a hoie. -eeping all the knots on the back side. I installed eye hooks above each hole and nailed the board up in my shop. Now I can store my extra ropes and extension cords by looping the nylon cords through the coils and onto the eye hooks, suspending them in place.

more tips from our readers recut the rriter (Fig. 1).

Once I get tc my table saw, I place the shim between the molding and my m ;: oe line up the marks, and re-cut: ~ r'ding (Fig. 2). It still may take so~5 trial and error, but the amour: to compensate for is so slight & a: " sually fits on the first or second :,: "hen when I'm satisfied with the t I can move on to the next corner

I start by cutting the molding pieces at 45" angles, If the miter doesn't fit, I don't change the angle of my miter gauge, or I'll lose the precise 45° for the next cut. Instead, I use an index card, thin piece of wood, sandpaper, or any object that looks promising to shim the side piece of molding and compensate for the gap in the fit. I put light marks on the molding and the shim so I can line them up again when I'm ready to

Add shims until miter is closed tight

Fine Tune a Miter

When fitting molding around a cabinet, the corners of the cabinet aren't always a perfect right angle. When that happens, cutting two mating miters in the molding at a precise 45° won't work (see photo below). A simple solution isto use shims to "tweak" the fit of the molding around the corner.

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