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ENGINE VALVE SANDING PAD

Re: your tip on making a small sanding disk for sanding the bottom of routed trays (Woodswith No. 13).

I use old engine valves (from cars, lawn mowers, etc.) as a sanding pad. After extracting the valve from an old engine, I grind it to the diameter 1 need. Then I cut a small circle of sandpaper and glue it to the bottom of the valve. (I prefer emery cloth because it lasts much longer.)

All you have to do is chuck the valve in a portable electric drill or a drill press and you can sand any small flat area.

D. Fox Riverside, Penn.

VERY SMALL SANDING DRUM

Re: your tip on small sanding drums.

I use cotter pins as small sanding drums. I simply flatten the looped end and slip a strip of sandpaper (or emery cloth) into the pin. As the cotter pin is tightened in the drill chuck, the sides of the pin, in turn, tighten against the sandpaper, holding it securely in place.

D. Fox Riverside. Penn.

DENTAL SANDING DISKS

Re: your tip on small sanding disks.

A visit to your local dental supply house should reveal a variety of small sandpaper disks used by the dental profession. These sandpaper disks are already cut round, come in a variety of small sizes, and are available in several grits of garnet paper, sandpaper, etc.

Also, the disks come with a hole punched in the center for the pin of a mandrel. (Dentists usually use a Morgan-Maxfield mandrel with a Ya shaft. This works best in a hand grinder.)

Dr. Royal R. Dunnkelberg Prescott, Arizona

STOP FLYING WEDGES

For a recent mass production job I had to make numerous wedge-shaped cut-offs. After almost every pass on the table saw, these small cut-offs would ride along the blade and then drop down into the opening in the table insert (the metal plate around the blade). The wedges were caught by the spinning blade and hurled out at terrific speeds.

After ducking several flying wedges, I decided that it was too dangerous to continue unless the problem was eliminated. I placed a strip of plastic electricians tape over the slot, leaving a very small opening — just enough to clear the blade. It works beautifully ... no more flying wedges.

Alex W. Flinsch Garfield, New Jersey

YOU DON'T NEED FOUR HANDS

To prevent pipe clamps from marring the edges of boards or a project, we all use blocks of wood between the clamp jaws and the workpiece. However, when I;m working by myself I need four hands to hold the project, put the blocks in place, and tighten the clamps.

To solve this problem, I drilled two holes in each jaw of my pipe clamps. Then I cut several blocks of scrap wood and screwed a block to each jaw. This keeps my hands free to do the necessary adjusting . . . without having to worry about the blocks falling off.

I have several sets of blocks: mitered, angled, curved and straight — depending on the nature of the clamping at hand.

John H\ Manka Tuscon, Arizona

THREE QUICK TIPS

To remove dents from wood surfaces. I use a damp cloth and clothes iron or soldering iron. Place the damp cloth over the dent and apply the hot iron. Steam from the cloth will cause the fibers of the wood to swell, bringing them back to level with the original surface.

James J. Heffnet-Lock Haven, Penn.

Many people don't realize that a nail has a cutting edge and a splitting edge. If you place the cutting edge across the grain, it will help prevent splitting the wood.

Yorkie A. Walters Buffalo, Wyoming

When I have to fill nail holes, I gather some very fine wood dust left over from sanding. This dust is mixed with a drop or two of white glue until I get a very thick paste. The paste is forced into the nail holes, slightly overfull, so it dries almost level with the surface. After a good final sanding the nail holes completely disappear.

Gary Kobus Cedar Grove. Wisconsin

NAILING FIXTURE

The worst part about building the storage box shown in this issue (page 14) is nailing together all of those little drawers. After I cut all the pieces for the drawers, 1 was fumbling around trying to see if they were going to fit.

Ted got a kick out of watching me trying to nail the first drawer together, and then said, "What you need is a nailing fixture." He found a piece of 2x4 scrap and made the fixture shown below.

This fixture is sized to accept the small drawers, holding all the pieces while they're being tacked together. For the larger drawers, simply rip this fixture down the center and add a filler block to widen it.

Don and Ted

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