Woodworking Tips And Tidbits – 05/25/08

1. Coat screws with little bit of soap or beeswax to make them easier to install, especially in hardwoods. This gives just enough lubrication to to make this job easier.

2. Sometimes masking tape will dry out over time. You can renew it by putting it in the microwave for a few seconds. Ensure that it’s only for a few seconds at a time!

3. In addition to frequently filing your lathe toolrest smooth rub a piece of paraffin wax along it. This will allow your tools to glide more easily.

4. Use cooking oil to easily remove spots of polyurethane from your hands. Rub a small amount on your hands and scrub. Finish up with soap and water.

5. Household vinegar (acetic acid) makes an excellent rust removal agent. Soaking a rusted tool for a couple of hours will chemically dissolve the rust. Follow this by wiping with a neutralizer like baking soda.

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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