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Sanding Shield: When you are sanding in the corner of a cabinet with a random orbital sander or vibrating sheet sander, more than likely you'll ding the adjoining surfaces, leaving scratches, gouges or dents. To prevent this, use a piece of alumimum flashing between the sander and the areas you don't want damaged. Tape the edges of the flashing to prevent damaging your fingers when handling.
Wonder cloth: Available in most woodworking and fabric stores, cheesecloth should be on every woodworker's "must have" list. It works great as a filter medium to rid contaminents from paint and clear finishes. It is ideal for applying stains, rub-on oils, and shellac. And you can make your own tack cloth. Wet a 12" square of the stuff with mineral spirits, then wring out. Put a few drops of varnish on the cloth and start working it into the fabric. The cheesecloth will become sticky. You want it sticky enough to pick up dust but not so much that it sticks to wood. Do a couple of tests. When you have the procedure down pat, then fold the pieces into 4 X 4 pads and store in resealable plastic bags.
Safe Routing on the Cheap: Carpet pad is a pretty good substitute for a router pad. It is also much less expensive. You can pick up scrap pieces of pad a your local carpet or flooring store for a couple of bucks for a square yard vs $8 - 10 for a 24" x 36" specialty pad. Keeping with the carpet theme: The rubber pads designed to keep small area rugs from slipping will also keep those boards from sliding when routing. New, they run about $4 for a 24" x 48" piece.
A Great Christmas Gift Wooden long bow or a flat bow
includes arrow making information
This classic project plan was first published in Popular Mechanics in March 1941. The long bow has a deep or "stacked" body, which is generally recognized as the best type of bow shape for target shooting and of course the English used it with great success in combat. The plans also feature the flat bow which is easier to make and can be 3-4 inches shorter for the same arrow size. Either will make a great gift. My Dad made me one when I was six years old 'wish I still had it! Get Plan
Based on the worktables of rural America, this kitchen island has style and utility. The counter-height work-station has drawers, a pullout waste bin, a storage shelf and a drop-leaf top it isn't nailed down you can relocate it to suit the occasion, and take it with you if you move.
The plans call for poplar and poplar plywood because it takes paint well but the base can be made out of any hardwood.