Popular Woodworking 2005-04 № 147, страница 26

Popular Woodworking 2005-04 № 147, страница 26

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Tricks of the Trade

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Vacuum Mini-reducer

Cleaning debris from crevices in a project can be a problem. Using compressed air works, but it fills the air with dust and - with some projects - can blow metal filings and other particles all over the shop. I prefer to use a shop vacuum for this type of cleanup, but a shop vacuum's relatively large nozzle often won't reach into crevices and other tight areas.

I solved this by slipping a small plastic bottle over the end of the hose, then drill ing a hole in the bottom of the bottle to accept a straw, which I inserted into the hole and then taped in place. Cutting the end of the straw at an angle help s it reach into

tight areas. Many bottles from vitamins, aspirin and other pills are just the right size to fit over the end of the hose.

Ellis Bidersori Huntington Beach, California

Shop vacuum hose

Plastic bottle

Drinking straw

Trucker's Hitch Will Save Your Load

There's one old trick of the trade that everyone who hauls building supplies needs to know: How to make and use a trucker's hitch. This excellent method of tying down loads allows you to cinch a rope extremely tight to hold down loads or keep lumber from shifting as you drive. And it's fairly simple to make.

The principle involves feeding the end of a rope back through a slip knot loop made in a foregoing section. This allows the loop to act like a pulley while you yank it taut and tie the end off to itself. One of the slick aspects of a trucker's hitch is that because the loop is

This end to truck hook Tying a slip knot

a slip knot, it can easily be pulled apart after unloading at your destination.

I very commonly use the hitch to secure a small load of lumber that's leaning on the tailgate of my truck. After tying the beginning of the rope to a hook on one side of the truck bed, I then tightly wrap it once around the stacks of lumber before fixing it to the opposite side of the bed, using a trucker's hitch to pull the rope taut. PW

Pat Hood Athens, Georgia

Slip knot

Pull taut before tying off end


Popular Woodworking April 2005

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