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Jig makes it easier to plane sides of drawers

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A lot of woodworkers fill smallish dings, dents, and splits with homemade putty made from sanding dust and wood glue. To make the putty less visible, I go a half-step further and use dust from the same species of wood that's getting filled. To ensure a ready source of different types of sawdust, I store dust from several common wood species in individual containers. A sawdust source is never a problem; I just empty the dust-collection canister on my random-orbit sander after using it on a particular species of wood.

-MICHAEL WILSON, Tuscaloosa, Ala..

It usually is necessaiy to plane the sides of an assembled drawer to get a perfect fit in the drawer pocket. But it can be a chore to hold the drawer in place for that task.

The typical routine requires that you clamp the drawer to the side of a bench, take a pass with the plane, unclamp the drawer, check the fit, reclamp, take another pass with the plane and so on.

This simple jig saves time and effort. It consists of two main parts: a yoke that mounts in the end vise and a support board that clamps to the workbench. Plywood

Once the jig is set up, you simply slide the drawer in place and plane. Slide the drawer out to check the fit. The jig provides support so that the sides stay flat. It also holds the drawer in such a way that I don't feel like I'm stressing the corner joineiy.

The yoke is a rectangular piece of 3/4-in.-thick plywood. A l-in.-wide slot cut in the yoke accepts either the drawer front or back. Attaching a hardwood cleat to the underside of the yoke allows it to be clamped in the vise.

The support board has slots on each side to accommodate drawers of different depths. I hold it in place by sliding a clamp through one of the benchdog holes, which keeps the clamp clear of the planing area. A bench hook also would work. By flipping the piece end yoke, % in. thick C|eat ± in thick for end and moving by 2 in. wide by thg damp tQ different benchdog holes, I can fit drawers of almost any width or length. If I can't, I just cut a new slot in the plywood.

-MARK EDMUNDSON, Sandpoint, Idaho

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When bringing wood into the shop, allow the moisture content to balance with shop conditions. The easiest way Is to stack boards vertically (above) or horizontally on racks In the shop for a few weeks. A moisture meter can be used to check the seasoning process by comparing readings from newly arrived stock (top right) with an average reading from boards that have already acclimated to the shop (bottom right). Finally, mill stock in stages. Leave extra material when ripping boards to width (below) or surfacing them with the jointer and planer. Variations in moisture content within boards can cause them to warp after milling. Excess material allows room to correct this later.

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There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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