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I like using brass double-ball catches on fine furniture because they’re well made and classy looking. 

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My Japanese “spear-point” marking knife is great for accurately marking out joinery. 

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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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As a 17-year-old budget-conscious woodworker, I try to get as much use as possible from my tools. So when a finishing brush started falling apart, I decided to hold it together with a rubber band, which worked pretty well. 

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Partially used cans of finish can be hard to seal properly, causing the finish to go bad. 

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While making a decorative disk, I needed to drill a series of holes near its perimeter, insetting them a consistent distance from the disk’s edge. 

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When hanging cabinet doors with European hinges, I first screw the cup halves to the door and then attach the mounting plates to the hinge arms. 

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I have a small lamp with a magnetic base that I use at my drill press, bandsaw, and other metal machines. 

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Because it’s free of chemicals, distilled water is often recommended for mixing dyes and for raising grain prior to one final finish-sanding before applying a water-based finish. 

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I’m an old Marine and—more often than I like—I make flag display boxes for the families of fallen comrades. 

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