Popular Woodworking 2005-02 № 146, страница 25

Popular Woodworking 2005-02 № 146, страница 25

Pocket Hole Shelf Hanger

After finishing a set of shelves, I was trying to think of a way for them to hang so the back of the shelves would sit flush with the wall, rather than lean away from the wall as a standard picture hanger would do. There are commercial router bits that cut a keyhole shape in the shelf sides to do just this, but because I don't have a keyhole cutting bit, and didn't want to wait to order one, this idea came to mind, and is easier to hang than a keyhole.

I simply used my pocket hole jig and a standard 3/8" drill bit. I didn't use the stepped drill bit that's normally used with the jig because it would have drilled a hole in the top of the shelf. I cut the hole at the top of the two sides as if I were going to screw up into the top. To hang the shelf unit I screwed a couple of pan head screws into the wall (if you don't hit a stud, a plastic molley will support the screw - and the weight of the shelves) level to one another. When the shelves are slipped over the screws, the side of the screw head sits recessed into the pocket hole.

The pocket hole makes flush hanging as solid as a keyhole, it's easier to cut and easier to install. You can also use this technique for hanging plaques, shadow boxes and a variety of smaller projects.

Rhett Fulkerson Raleigh, North Carolina

A Better Hammer Handle

My dad had been helping me work on my cottage when he showed up one weekend with an unusual looking hammer. Its handle was pockmarked with shallow hole s that he had drilled with a #6 countersink. I asked him about the odd-looking tool and he explained that the holes allowed gripping the handle much more securely and with far less force, so you don't need a "death grip" to keep the tool under control. I found it comfortable indeed, and it definitely improved my grip.

Now, my dad is a very clever guy, and I was just about to compliment him on yet another great idea when he reminded me that there's little new under the sun. "Years ago," he explained, "there was a hammer company that sold handles like that. When I saw an engraving of one, I simply modified my own hammer because I liked the effect so much. The idea has been around longer than I have," he said with a wink, "making it a truly antiquarian trick."

Rob Lee Ottawa, Canada continued on page 24

Drill shallow holes with a #6 countersink

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