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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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It can be hard to know when to sharpen a table saw blade. 

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Solid wood door panels should be finished before installing them in their grooves during frame assembly. 

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I found an inexpensive way to reduce the dust in my shop using a $20 box fan outfitted with a $5 furnace filter. 

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In my work, I often need to secure oddly shaped pieces in my bench vise.

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I make a lot of utilitarian boxes by simply gluing the bottom panels to the undersides of the box walls.

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I’ve started to work on laying out and cutting dovetail joints by hand, and I’m confused about the proper angle to use for dovetail joinery. What are the most common angles, and what are the factors that determine what angle to choose?

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I do a lot of spindle-turning at the lathe, and find myself turning sections and details to the same common diameters time and again. Rather than constantly resetting my calipers, I devised a gauge for these diameters, making it from plastic laminate, which is thin enough to slip into parted areas and in between beads.

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I find that when I need to neatly apply a thin glue or solvent, a plastic pipette is just the tool for the job. These squeezable lab dispensers, with their tiny tips, work great for targeted applications of thin or medium viscosity cyanoacrylate (CA) glue (“super glue”) when filling cracks or making repairs.

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It often helps to raise a workpiece up off the bench, especially when you need clamp access underneath. Although you can sometimes just use thick boards as risers, I’ve found that I-beams work much better because you can clamp them to the benchtop, then secure the workpiece to the top beam flange. 

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