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Popular Woodworking 2003-04 № 133, страница 21

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Square Drive Screws

CIRCLE NO. 137 ON FREE INFORMATION CARD.

CIRCLE NO. 121 ON FREE INFORMATION CARD.

Hold Tapered Legs in a Straight Vise

I recently made a small table with tapered legs. Holding these legs to work on in a standard bench vise entails making a set of wedges that can be awkward to maneuver, so I quickly knocked together this holding jig from scraps.

The jig required a base of V2" plywood, approximately 18" x 6". It has a central kerf, about 1/8" wide, that stops 2" from the end. Next, I added two battens 18" x 1" square, screwed to the base and spaced to match the leg taper. With the leg positioned in the jig and the jig clamped into my vise, as the vise is closed on the jig the kerf will close, forming a firm grip.

Peter Giolitto

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match taper of leg

stops 2" before end of plywood base

6" x 18" x 1/2" plywood base

1" x 1" strips attach to base with screws and glue

Saw kerf closes when tightened in vise

Fingernail Buffing Stick Fixes Finishes

I recently overheard my wife telling one of her friends about a fingernail buffing stick she just got. This 6" stick (about $1 at the drug store) has three "grits" in graduated degrees of abrasiveness. The final step is like an emery board and is about 220 grit. I found a great use for this buffing stick on finishes that have minor defects.

A recent project I was working on had a run in the finish. I carefully scraped the run off, but I needed to blend in the remaining defect with the surrounding finish. Using this buffing stick and working through the different grits, I completely removed the raised area and blended the surface with the surrounding finish.

I also have a formal dining table that had some super glue on it (thanks kids). Again, after careful paring off the excess glue I then used the buffing stick to gently buff out the defect. You'd never know anything had been there!

Joe DeVoe Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin continued on page 24

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