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  • How do you avoid splintering while cross cutting wood?

    Where the teeth come out of the wood, you can get splinters. The faster the cut, the larger the teeth, the more perpendicular to the surface and the duller the teeth, the more splinters you will get.For a hand saw, the splinters are on the bottom of the wood. For a portable circular saw, the sp...
  • How to keep brass clean?

    Isn't it frustrating to clean brass over and over again, it just turns dark so quickly. Well a long time ago an Asian friend taught me that it goes black because of oxygen that gets to the surface. Spray it with lacquer right after it is cleaned, and it will stay bright for years.Spray lacquer ...
  • Toenailing and staying on your mark.

    When you toenail a board, it tends to move over away from its designated mark, whether your toe is in place to stop it or not.Try putting your board on it's mark.Place a prybar on the other side of the board as shown in the photo and give it a good whack.The second photo shows how the ears will b...
  • How do you use a Japanese saw?

    For the same task, Japanese saws are smaller, require less energy to make the cut, waste less wood, can trim 1/16 of an inch off the end of a board and keep their sharpness longer because they are made of tempered steel. All of that is possible because the Japanese pull their saws and we push ou...
  • A jig for cutting router slots easily.

    When you want to make a slot across a board, such as for socketing in a shelf, you need something to guide the router straight, and have that guide at a perfect 90 degrees to the edge of the shelf support.The easiest way to do this is to build a simple "T". To make sure the "T" is at 90 degrees,...
  • Hiding the screw that holds on the handrail.

    When you screw a handrail to the top of a balustrade you can at times avoid an ugly putty hole covering the screw by driving the screw in from the other side of the vertical post. But when you go into the wall, you may not have a choice.Phil from Ingersoll, Ontario has an interesting suggestion ...
  • Repairing a cracked door jam.

    When a door jam cracks because someone forced the door it is often easier and just as sturdy to repair it rather than to replace it. To replace it requires removing and reinstalling the entire frame.Find screws long enough to reach at least one inch past the crack from one side or the other. 4 ...
  • Glue tips for woodworking.

    I have received a number of questions about woodworking and glue so this segment touched on a few basics of gluing boards together.What is the difference between white and yellow glue?Not much in terms of strength. The real difference is that yellow glue will set faster and allow you to remove t...
  • The making of a threshold -- DIY & Pro compared.

    Stephanie had her kitchen re-done but the floor got even higher than before and there was the need for a massive threshold between the hardwood floors and the kitchen tile, a good 1-1/2in high and about 3 inches wide.When faced with a $300 bid for two thresholds, she decided to do it herself. So...
  • Special tops for glue bottles.

    When needing to get glue into a slot, like with biscuit joints, you need a glue spreader that goes inside the slot and squirts out both sides. There are of course special biscuit joint glue heads that you can buy, or kits with multiple specialized glue application heads.In a pinch you can slice ...