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When drilling out a salt shaker interior on the lathe recently, I was having trouble keeping the Forstner bit traveling on center. 

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There are times when your table saw rip fence is precisely positioned for a job, but sitting atop your throat plate when you need to change blades or perhaps adjust the width of a dado head. 

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Some jigsaw manufacturers offer zero-clearance inserts that pop into place in a saw’s base to hug the blade, minimizing tearout by holding down wood fibers at the edge of the saw kerf. 

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Hold-down clamps are an effective way to secure work in process, as when pattern routing the flag cutting board on page 48. 

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When I started turning years ago, I learned to glue a piece of standard paper (about .004" thick) between my bowl blank and the mounting block for easy separation of the finished piece. 

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When feeding plastic laminate on the table saw, the material tends to pinch in the gap under the rip fence. 

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Sometimes I make little turned vessels with drilled-out interiors, and need to clean up the relatively deep openings.

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I was having trouble sliding my 3/4"-diameter metal bench dogs in some of my workbench dog holes. Upon closer examination, I found that a couple of the problematic holes were a hair undersized, and a few were contaminated with glue or paint drips.

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I recently discovered a simple way to locate a faceplate precisely over a center point on the end of a turning blank.

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When faced with spray-finishing a half-dozen Windsor chairs, I realized that I needed a rotating platform. 

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