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To has a mix of new an old tips, some tips I re-discovered from many months ago and finally getting around to posting them ... enjoy
This first tip comes from Jim in Columbia who has sent in many tips in the past ... he has lots of great ideas and in this one, he suggests using Packing Tape as a non-marring substitute on the base of your jigsaw. Many jigsaws come with a plastic clip-on base and the purpose of the plastic is to help prevent the marring or a surface that you might be cutting, for example, let's say you want to cut a hole or a slot in the top of a desk to allow wiring to be fed through but you don't want to mark up the top of your desk with jigsaw marks (which can happen quite easily) I tried it and it works through a couple of layers was needed to cover the entire base of my jigsaw. It's easy to apply, easy to remove and it works ... Thanks, Jim.
I must say I was astounded by how many people use plastic pails when included them in a video a few months ago, I got a flood of ideas from people and one of them was from was Kevin, who suggests putting a wooden base in the bottom of the pail. I have found that normally the second thing to go in a pail is the bottom, with the hand being the first to fail, or at least the plastic on the handle to fail, but that is an easy fix. When a bottom fails that is the end of the pail. Not only does a wood base prolong the life of the pail it also allows heavier items to be inserted and carried and when the pail does finally fail, you just take out the base and use it in the next pail. Thanks, Kevin.
Here's a tip from Joe, and I must admit I have used this in a variety of places in the past but never thought of it as a tip, which of course it is. Joe says that if you are wanting to to "transition" to parts, such as dust collection connectors or hoses and you don't have the right "adapter" you and often make your own by using some very thin aluminum, such as that found in beverage cans like sodas, beers and some sports drinks. You can cut the top and the bottom of these cans off with a utility knife or even scissors will work, then you end up with an ultra-thin piece of square aluminum, plastic coated on one side and very strong. You can now use that as a wrap-around to connect the 2 plastic parts together, it's a strong, permanent, and easy to take apart. If you find it is leaking somewhat, or even if you haven't tested it, it is always best to seal dust collection holes as best you can one thing that works great is aluminum tape which is a self-adhesive product also very long-lasting and works great for sealing piping and ducting. It is often used on furnace ducting in houses to seal air leaks. Thanks, Joe ... this is a good tip and can be applied to a variety of similar applications.
Here's a quick tip from Joel who is suggesting if you need a quick "zero clearance" insert for your table saw, or maybe even your bandsaw, using blue painter's tape my fit the bill perfectly. All you do is lay down a layer over your insert, then it's best to "burnish" to the steel top and insert using the back of a table or teaspoon. When you do this the tape adheres very strongly and should be good for a number of passes of wood before starting to fail.
This is a good quick tip, Joe, thanks.
This last tip is sent in from Tim, who is suggesting using Magnets that how recessed holes in them so that you can drive a screw through the magnet and into the wooden part it is held for a very secure mount. In the past, I have used smaller magnets and fastened them with CA glue, which has worked very well but this is another variation on how to hold magnets to the wood I have to know about these washers but only used them as magnet door catches but they can be used for much more as you can see in the video.
Whiteside brand Measuring Bars, available through the woodworkweb Amazon Store
One of Colin's favorite "little" Pull Saws is available through the woodworkweb Amazon Store
And here is the part that I "borrowed" from one of the pictures you sent Tim, I loved the idea of having a holder for a Speed Square and I even changed the magnets from one side to another so that the speed square can sit FLAT against the tool the thus making much less of a possible hazard of someone walking into it. The holder was easy to make using my little Japanese Pull Saw that you can see in the picture above.
Thanks, everyone for your tips and ideas, I love getting these and sharing them with others.
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