Woodworking Tips & Tidbits – 02/03/08

1. Wax your lathe with car wax. This will keep it from collecting dirt and debris. Also if added to your ways the banjo will move easier and smoother.

2. Create a finish for cutting boards by mixing ten parts mineral oil to one part paraffin wax. Dissolve the wax on a low microwave setting. Once melted, stir to blend and wipe on your board. Let dry and buff.

3. It helps to briefly run your brad point bit in reverse to scribe the outside diameter of the hole. This slices the wood fibers and minimizes tearout, especially on softwoods like pine.

4. Running a board shorter than 12″ through your thickness planer will cause problems like getting caught between the infeed and outfeed rollers, sever snipe and cutterhead damage. To get around this glue long, narrow scrap strips to your piece. Once planed cut off the scrap pieces.

5. Check your bandsaw adustments periodically throughout a project, especially on those that require critical angles.

These are a few woodworking tips and tidbits that we picked up (and/or wrote down) over the past week. They come from a variety of sources including magazines, newsletters, online and personal experience.

There are more Woodworking Tips and Tidbits located here.

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