Woodworking Tips And Tidbits – 03/09/08

1. Crosscutting large sheets of plywood on the tablesaw can be difficult, and you usually end up binding the blade, burning the wood, or worse. To get around this, clamp a board under the plywood, and use it as an auxiliary fence which rides against the left edge of the tablesaw top.

2. You can use your screwdriver bits with a ratchet using a 1/4″ socket. This comes in especially handy when trying to put a screw in an awkward place.

3. Blunting the end of a nail will often prevent it from splitting the wood because a sharp point tends to separate the fibers of the wood causing it to split, while the blunt end shears the fibres as the nail is driven.

4. When woodturning always work down hill. In other words, work from the outside towards the center of the spindle or bowl. It is easier to work and control the gouge, chisel or scraper working this way.

5. Some woods, such as walnut or oak, are very tough and hard to carve. You can soften the wood up by applying de-natured alcohol to it. The alcohol will not cause the grain to raise like water will. The alcohol, of course, will evaporate with time.

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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