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post #1 of 15 Old 06-21-2020, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Favorite WoodWorking trick

I've had a couple of occasions lately where I got to use the trick where you glue two pieces together with a piece of brown paper in-between so I could separate the pieces later.
It split perfectly right at the paper line each time.
I think that's just the coolest woodworking trick.

What's your favorite trick?
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yep ~ totally agree.
I learned it back in the early '80s for carving small items
such as sea shells. I used the cardboard from cereal boxes
to glue the project piece to a sacrificial board so "when" the
gouges slip off, it is cutting wood that is replaceable - not a workbench top.
I like the idea that the two pieces are easy to separate when ready.

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I like when doing a repair I can stain the area, hit it with spray shellac to seal it and keep working
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................ I got to use the trick where you glue two pieces together with a piece of brown paper in-between so I could separate the pieces later.
It split perfectly right at the paper line each time......................
Thats a trick we used way back when in woodturning. Like when you had made a bowl and wanted to fit a lid on there perfectly......u would glue paper between the two and separate when you were done Thanks for remembering that trick. Someday in the future I may need to use it.

As for my favorite woodworking trick, it is trying to come up with enough money to pay for the exotic woods I want.
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As for my favorite woodworking trick, it is trying to come up with enough money to pay for the exotic woods I want.
THIEF! That was gonna be my favorite and still is..when I can somehow find the magical ability.
I recently ran into a problem of not being able to find any eastern red cedar. I had been selling cedar planters left and right so when I was a able to find it I stocked up. Low and behold suddenly I can't seem to be able to give them away. I had been staying busy and suddenly I'm sitting around twiddling my thumbs.. :-/

I realize ERC isn't exactly exotic, but still..
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I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
Impressive, huh?
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Repairing gaps in dovetails by inserting little tiny shims.

Not that I ever have any gaps ........ I just happen to know this works.

One of my favorites if a have a lot of dovetails such as a dresser, is to use a table saw to cut the tails, using a specially ground blade. In my case, its a flat top rip blade I had ground to 8°. Tilt the blade 8° and you get a sharp, flat cut.

You can gang up several sides and cut them all at once. I cut the pins by hand, but this still saves a huge amount of time.

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Favorite Woodworking Trick

Whatever it takes to keep all ten intact and attached.
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Whatever it takes to keep all ten intact and attached.
I ALL WAYS pause and think about what could go wrong and how I could hurt myself before using a power or sharp tool.
I need to start doing that with screw drivers. I cant tell you how many time I have stabbed myself with one.
Maybe if I take all the screw drivers out of the shop I can do away with the first aid kit.
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I ALL WAYS pause and think about what could go wrong and how I could hurt myself before using a power or sharp tool.
i'd never get anything done if i did that
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stabbing a finger with a broken drill bit end is my go-to ouchie!

Retired engineer-bureaucrat in Oakland, CA. Been working with wood since the 1960's.
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Adding the words,
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to any posts on a woodworking board on the web.

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Ogre,
Same here
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Rarely are the days when I would go to the shop and screw up the first 2 or 3 things I did. Even very minor screw-ups that don't amount to anything but I screwed up. THOSE ARE THE DAYS TO GET OUT OF THE SHOP or maybe just clean up or reorganize. They are not good "Tool" days.
Or sometimes our 6th sense just tells us that today will not be a good day. Listen to your 6th sense.
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There are days like that when I say I'm not doing anything in the the shop today, just to step back and take a break as it is a hobby that earns me some spending money but I don't let it consume me. Heck I'm old enough to know when it is time to take a break especially from the tedious task of hand sanding a refinishing project and not rushing it.
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Quick way to lay out a corner radius, internal or external.
1) Set compass to desired radius.
2) Left figure - compass point at A, strike arcs at B and C.
3) Center figure - move compass point to where B and C intersect edge of work. Strike arcs D and E.
4) Right figure - Move compass point to intersection of arcs D and E, strike corner radius.

If an outside corner, hold small pieces of wood next to places where compass point touches at B and C..
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