Popular Woodworking 2003-08 № 135, страница 23

Popular Woodworking 2003-08 № 135, страница 23

Splined Clamping Wedges

A pair of complementary wedges provides an inexpensive alternative to bar clamps when gluing up panels and other assemblies. The only problem is that wedges have a tendency to slip sideways on each other as you drive them in. To remedy this, I cut a groove in the edges of my wedges, then insert a spline to keep them aligned in use.

You can rout the grooves or saw them using a dado head. However, unless you have a router table, routing a groove in a wedge like this can be difficult because of its shape. Instead, you can rout the groove in a wide board held in a vise, then saw the wedge from the board and repeat the process.

Percy Blandford Stratford-upon-Avon, England

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Remount Turnings the Same Way Every Time

Woodturners often need to temporarily remove turnings from the lathe to mortise a table leg, check a round tenon for fit in a bore or some other operation. When remounting the workpiece afterward for further turning, sanding or finishing, it's always best to replace it in exactly the same orientation on the spur for proper balance. However, because most spurs and drive centers have four prongs, you have only a 1-in-4 chance of returning the spur to the same location.

To eliminate the guesswork, take your drive center over to the grinder and make a narrow, deep notch in the face of one spur using a sharp corner of your wheel. This creates a distinct impression on the end of the turning, allowing you to replace the work-piece exactly as it was mounted originally, ensuring that it will run true.

Steve Blenk Sequim, Washington

Low-tech Grinder Angle Gauges

Setting up the proper angle on a grinder tool rest can be a fussy business. To simplify matters, I make angle gauges from popsicle sticks. I scribe the end of a stick to the desired angle, then sand to the line using a disc sander. I drill a hole in the opposite end and note the angle on the stick with a permanent marker. My gauges all hang on a metal shower curtain ring near my grinder. PW

CraigBentzley Chalfont, Pennsylvania

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