Popular Woodworking 2004-02 № 139, страница 26

Popular Woodworking 2004-02 № 139, страница 26

Paring With Confidence

I made a table with a plywood panel that fit between the legs. After laying out the notches at the panel's corners, I cut them out with a jigsaw. To be safe, I undercut them and had to pare them a bit to fit.

After a couple of attempts at careful freehand paring, I realized that I needed help. So I clamped a thick, square block of wood to the panel, aligning its edge with my cut-line. This provided a straight, flat reference surface for the back of the chisel, and it yielded the fine, straight cut that I was after.

Jim Stith Beulah, Missouri

Clamp guide block to work piece

Keep chisel flat against guide block

Measure Without Markings

Many of the common measurements that we use to lay out joints, offsets, overhangs, etc., are easily found in the width of layout tools. For example, the blade on a typical combination square is 1" wide. Many 6" rulers are 3/4" wide. A framing square usually has

one leg that is 11/2" wide and one leg that is 2" wide. When gauging lines and laying out joints, you can often simply use the width of these tools rather than their markings.

Sue Lawless Billings, Montana

Don't Get Left Holding the Bag

I recently bought a portable dust collector for my shop. While detaching the bag was easy, reinstalling it was a challenge. The problem was getting the bag to temporarily hang in place on its flange while wrapping it with the band clamp. I was about to get my wife to help me when I noticed the rare earth magnets stuck to my table saw. I used four of them to hold the bag in place at four different spots on the metal flange while I installed the band clamp.

Rare earth magnets are available from various mail-order houses, but I get mine from discarded computer hard drives. The magnets usually are attached to brackets that hold the arms that read the data. It's fairly easy to disassemble a hard-drive case to get to the magnets, although you may need a Torx screwdriver for some.

Bill Reid Audubon, Pennsylvania continued on page 26

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