Woodworking Tips And Tidbits – 03/29/10

Here’s the latest collection of woodworking tips and tricks that include rattling cupboard doors, chalk stains, cutting veneer and more:

1. To stop raised panel doors from rattling place a couple of dabs of silicon caulk in the grooves of the rail and stiles and allow it to dry prior to door assembly. The caulk will cushion the panel.

2. If you are concerned about the red or blue stains left by a chalk line try using baby powder or talcum powder instead. It leaves a bright white line and easily washes off.

3. Try using a rotary cutter, like the ones sold in fabric stores, to cut veneer. They cut straight and clean with or across the grain.

4. If you still have some of those older tool batteries that you shouldn’t overcharge get a home security timer like the ones that turn your lights on and off when you are away. Set the timer for the amount of time to charge your battery, plug it in and go. No more overcharge.

5. If you are having trouble inserting dowels in a hole it’s likely because air or glue is preventing it from sliding in easily. You can cut a slit in the side of the dowel to allow the air or glue 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.

Got a woodworking tip that you want to share with the woodworking world? Let us know and we’ll add it in a future issue of Tips and Tidbits!

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