Woodworking Tips And Tidbits – 03/30/08

1. If you use multiple measuring tools; tapes, rulers, squares, etc. ensure that the distance increments all match. Sometimes they don’t. If they differ, and you use a variety of measuring tools on a project, your dimensions can vary causing sizing problems. It is best to use the same measuring tool thruout the project.

2. Oil finishes can dramatically change the color of light woods. Use sanding sealer prior to application of your oil finishes to reduce this color change.

3. Cover unused electrical outlets in your shop. This will keep out sawdust and dirt out of the slots, a common cause of short circuits.

4. To carry a full size sheet of plywood or panelling by yourself, tie a single length of rope, about 18 feet long, in a loop. Hook the ends of the loop over the lower corners of the sheet and with your arm over the sheet grip the middle of the rope in one hand. Use the other hand to balance the sheet.

5. Lose the cap of your glue bottle? Need a cap for a caulking tube? Try an appropriate sized screw-on electrical wire nut (marret).

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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