Ironing In The Shop

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Although I’m not one for ironing my clothes, I do own an electric iron. It lives in my shop, where it helps me perform chores like removing old veneer or plastic laminate for repair jobs. Just set it to “medium,” and slowly push it across the surface as you peel up the material. It will release contact cement, white glue, hide glue, and other adhesives. (Cover finished surfaces with paper to prevent contaminating the iron with softened finish.) Similarly, you can use it to remove PSA sandpaper from its metal backing disc, to flatten rolled patterns, to apply edge banding, or partner it with a wet rag to raise minor dents.

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