Woodworking Tips And Tidbits – 02/24/08

1. Don’t check your lathe toolrest by running your fingers along it while turning a pen blank. The square edge of the blank will catch your fingertip, ripping the skin away from the nail causing great pain and distress. Don’t ask…

2. Always, always, always wear your face shield when turning. Again, don’t ask… seriously, always wear your face shield.

3. Measure twice, cut once is not enough. You must ensure your measurements are correct first, then measure twice and cut once.

4. The higher the clamp pressure, the thinner the glue line. The thinner the glue line, the stronger the joint. Most woodworkers are probably underclamping their joints.

5. Create an ebonizing stain by using equal parts of vinegar, water and steel wool, allowing to soak for two weeks. Store in a glass jar with a breathable lid to allow hydrogen gas to escape.

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.

Do you have any woodworking tips that you would like to share? Let us know!

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