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Quick Tips Vol. 22

By: Erich Lage
Here are some tips that make time in the shop go smoother.

Fixed Marking Gauge.

07 14 1 Philip Braizer of Bristol, England uses a scrap piece of hardwood to make a fixed marking gauge. 07 14 1a Rabbets along each edge at different depths (3⁄8", 1⁄2", 3⁄4" and 1") provide quick, easy references for commonly used measurements.

Sharp Cheddar.

07 14 2 Dana Myers from Des Moines, IA like to use an empty grated cheese container to discard his razors and blades. After using all of the contents and washing it out, the container finds a home in Dana’s shop. The lid makes it easy to open and dispose of sharp items. When the container is full, he can simply toss it in the trash without worrying about somebody getting cut.

Tape Depth Stop.

07 14 3 Charles Mak of Calgary, Alberta uses a trick to ensure that all of his hand-cut dovetails are cut to the same depth. He simply marks the depth of cut with a piece of tape on his saw blade. This way he knows to stop sawing when the tape kisses the workpiece.

Pencil Holder.

07 14 4 Robert Patterson of Wisconsin Rapids, WI came up with an innovative solution to store pencils at his machines. He came across some adhesive cable holders at a local hardware store and thought they would make great pencil holders for around the shop. 07 14 4a By cutting a small section, he can stick them wherever he needs to have a pencil close at hand.

Published: July 14, 2022
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