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Tricks of the Trade

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'Dog-Bone' Frame Clamps

There are some amazing specialty clamps for gluing miters, and we're also amazed by some of the prices. It's no trick to spend $40 apiece for mitered corner clamps. And because most frames have four corners, you can spend $160 very easily. By stealing some much less expensive hardware from a commercial application, we've come up with a much cheaper miter clamp that works great for picture frames. Tight-joint fasteners, often called "dog bones" in the trade, are commonly used to pull tops together, but by shortening the length of the bolt and making a routered cut-out on the back of the frame corners you can make a pretty simple corner clamp for less than a buck. The routing template is the only bit of difficulty, but once that template is made it's a simple step to clamp up the corner until the glue

is dry. Then release the dog bone clamps and they're ready to use again. You can order dog bones from Woodworker's Supply 800-645-9292. Item #879216. Ten dog bones for $ 7.7 5.

Steve Shanesy, editor and publisher, Popular Woodworking

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FixYour Drill Press Table in Minutes

If you have constructed a special table for your drill press, chances are it's pocked with holes from drill bits. Instead of constructing some sort of replaceable insert, we've come up with a trick that works just as well. A little Bondo (normally used to repair holes by auto body shops) can fill the holes in the plywood and make it good as new. Pull the plywood top off your drill press, apply some Bondo to the hole or holes in the table and let it dry. With a little sanding you're ready to go back to drilling on a surface that's as sturdy (or sturdier) as before. PW

Jim Stuard, associate editor, Popular Woodworking

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