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Quick Tips Volume 27

By: Erich Lage
Here are a handful of tips to start the new year out right.

Sanding Strips

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Henry Wittmer of Runnels, IA, likes to cut strips of sandpaper for sanding turned workpieces and curves. To help strengthen the sandpaper and keep it from breaking or ripping, he backs the sandpaper with heavy-duty tape before cutting it into strips.

Standard to Metric

qt27 02 Tom Moss of Bradenton, FL, found that trying to eyeball a conversion between metric and standard on his steel rule was tricky. qt27 02b To convert between the two, Tom folds an index card and slips it over the rule. Now, he has an accurate way to read both measurements.

Dust Shield

qt27 03 Leslie Nason of Waterford, WI, was recently installing hardware overhead and the dust from the drilling was falling into his face. To fix this, Leslie drilled through a plastic bottle cap and left it on the drill bit. The cap catches the sawdust and keeps the debris off his face.

Golf Tee Painter Points

qt27 04 Roger Lynne of Bloomington, MN, uses a simple trick for holding a workpiece while finish is drying. He inserts golf tees through a piece of pegboard. By resting the heads of the tees on the workbench, they act as painter’s points and hold workpieces off the surface.

Published: Jan. 12, 2023
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