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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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As much as I love my parallel jaw clamps, I don’t have a lot of them, and often have to bring pipe clamps into play on a project as well. Pipe clamps work fine for many jobs, but their unevenly cast jaws have the unfortunate tendency to mar workpieces. 

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While my wife was away on business, I decided to make her a new jewelry box as a return surprise. Things went well until it came time to finish, when I discovered that my only brush was fouled with hardened varnish from my last job. 

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I outfitted my workbench with pedal-style casters that attach to the sides of the legs. When disengaged, these wheels allow the bench to sit solidly on the floor. 

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We asked woodworker Dave Clarke, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2018, to take a look at an article Woodcraft Magazine published in Issue 44 by Pete Stephano – “The Wheelchair Woodworker Shop” – to see if he felt that the recommendations were still relevant and if he had any other advice for folks wanting to set up a workshop with modifications. Read more here...  

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If anyone lives by the motto “No white flags,” it’s Dave Clarke from Sandy, Oregon. A retired firefighter and mountain rescue volunteer, Dave was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2018. Once an avid skier and cyclist, Dave said his balance, gait and speech have mostly been affected by the disease so far. But every cloud has a silver lining and Dave’s was the push to revisit a long-postponed hobby: woodworking. Read more about this inspiring woodworker in this Woodworking Adventures blog. 

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I’ve always loved using my HVLP sprayer, except when finishing small projects. That’s because it’s inconvenient and wasteful to mix up small amounts of finish for the large can, which also doesn’t work as well when it’s mostly empty. I was agonizing over this when my 6-year-old granddaughter wandered into my shop sipping from a small 8-oz. water bottle, and I realized the answer was right in front of me. 

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