Making Tongue-and-Groove Pinch Sticks

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I often use overlapping “pinch sticks” instead of a tape measure to take inside measurements. But recently, when measuring some wide windows for installing trim, it was difficult to hold the two sticks in line. Then a solution came to me. I had some leftover tongue-and-groove wood paneling, so I just ripped the tongue-and-groove edges off of a board, plus an extra 3/8″ of solid wood to support each of these interlocking edges, to create pinch sticks. Read more

Speeding up Caliper Adjustments

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It is difficult to hold a ruler in one hand, calipers in the other, and adjust them at the same time. That’s why I’ve mounted a stick-on ruler onto the tool holder of my lathe so I can use two hands to set the calipers. Sure makes the task quick and simple. Read more

PROJECT: Simple Knife Block

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The thought goes through my head on a regular basis: “Why should I buy one of those, when I could make one in a snap?” and that is the reason that I have never owned a knife block. Fortunately, my charter membership in the procrastinator’s club (meeting schedule to be announced later) did not stop me from getting into the shop recently and making this version for my knives. It was fun to make, only took a day to fabricate (even with breaks for glue-up) and works like a charm. Read more

Bucket Lid Cleaning Pan

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Regardless of what you use to clean your saw blades, you’ll need a container of some sort to soak them in. I use a five-gallon bucket lid. It’s large enough to fit 10″ blades, and the raised rim creates a shallow pan for the cleaning solution. Also, depending on the lid style, the center area will either be recessed or have raised ridges on it that keep the blade from suctioning itself in place during cleaning. Read more