Popular Woodworking 2003-04 № 133, страница 23

Popular Woodworking 2003-04 № 133, страница 23

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Tricks of the Trade

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Pipe Cleaners for Gluing

Several times a year I use my biscuit joiner to join boards. After cutting the slots, I put glue on the edge of the wood and in the slots. Then, to make sure the glue covers the entire area of the slot, not just the bottom, I use a pipe cleaner to smear the glue. This is a quick, clean and inexpensive way to make sure you get a good bond with the biscuit. The pipe cleaner can also be used to smear the glue on the edge of the board and on the biscuit before joining. By twisting the cleaner to form an oval, you get even coverage within the slot. Then simply throw the used pipe cleaner away.

Even though I own a glue bottle for biscuit slots, the pipe cleaners are quicker and don't require clean up.

John Erwins

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Glue coverage in slot is even

Spread glue in slot with pipe cleaner

Stud Finders Not Just For Walls Anymore

While building a large cabinet for my family room recently, I stumbled on a good way to locate cabinet shelves and partitions without having to measure. I was attaching the plywood back to the cabinet sides with screws and realized the back span was pretty wide, so I thought it prudent to also screw the back to the shelves and the vertical dividers of this frameless cabinet.

I hate to measure when I don't have to. So I took my inexpensive stud finder and waved it over the back to find out where the dividers were located. Since the stud finder reacts to density, rather than locating metal, it pointed out where each divider and shelf began and ended. The little gizmo proved quite accurate, and I marked the shelf and partition locations and then pilot drilled my holes for my #6 screws. It worked perfectly. This technique also is handy for screwing 3/4" sides to the shelves - if your stud finder is designed to scan deeply into walls.

Christopher Schwarz Popular Woodworking Staff

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