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Quick Tips Volume 11

By: Erich Lage
These quick tips are like a bowl of little smokies covered in your favorite bbq sauce. You can always go back for seconds.

Attaching Cauls to Clamps

qt 11 01 qt 11 01b Emanuel Ringel of Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, has a solid fix for a wobbly problem. By cutting V-grooves in small blocks and screwing them to his bar clamp pads, he no longer has to struggle when clamping curved shapes.

True Grit

qt 11 02 Rich Flynn of Huntington Beach, California, finds it easy to forget what grit of paper is on his random-orbit sander when it’s stored between uses. Writing the grit number on the center of the face leaves all the information needed when starting his next sanding project.

Small Parts Tray

qt 11 03 Instead of pitching an old keyboard tray, Robert Wintrow of Ridge Spring, South Carolina, installed it under his workbench. This gives him an additional surface for holding tools and project hardware. He just slides it away when it’s not needed.

Easy Zero-Clearance Table

qt 11 04 While cutting small pieces at the band saw, Peter Sherrill of Forestville, Wisconsin, found that cutoffs often got stuck in the throat of the insert. So he cut a kerf in a piece of plastic laminate to form a zero-clearance table. qt 11 04b Double-sided tape holds the table in place.

Quick Whiteboard

qt 11 05 Tired of searching for notes jotted on scraps of paper, Bob Schultz of Saint Charlottesville, Virginia, turned some of his shop doors into big note pads. Vinyl peel-and-stick whiteboard decals found online can be cut to fit inside the door panel.

Published: April 1, 2021
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