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Workshop shortcuts for woodworkers
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McCulloch, Graham.
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New York : Sterling Pub., [2003]

©2003
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255 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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English
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9780806993959
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Book

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For warmth, versatility and sheer beauty, few materials can match the appeal of wood, and few hobbies are as satisfying as woodworking. The multitude of tools and machines offered, however, can be daunting, and learning proper techniques can be an expensive, time-consuming process. Now the learning curve can be dramatically reduced with the proven advice offered here. You'll get strategies for determining electrical needs, tips for lighting, ventilation and dust control, and maximizing storage. Other topics covered include choosing the right hand tools and machines that match both your skill level and projects, using epoxies and other adhesives, special techniques for nailing, cutting and staining lumber, workshop safety, and more. The hundreds of tips featured here are sure to help any woodworker get more out of every minute spent enjoying this wonderful lifelong hobby.







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Most woodworkers are self-taught, so tips and tricks of the trade are popular; nearly every woodworking magazine has a section featuring reader submissions. McCulloch, a woodworker with over 60 years' experience, presents literally hundreds of ways for craftspeople to make their lives easier. Nearly every subject is covered, including tools (plus accessories, care, and use), lumber, safety, measuring, finishing, adhesives, and the transport of awkward materials. Most woodworkers will already know some of these things, but there is something new here for everyone (e.g., 15 seconds in a microwave will restore the adhesive on old masking tape). Color photos and illustrations supplement the text as needed, and a glossary defines a number of useful terms. This title will prove popular and should be part of all woodworking collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 16
Chapter 1 Planning a Basic Workshopp. 18
The Two-Car-Garage Workshopp. 21
Floors and Ceilingsp. 21
Lightingp. 21
Electrical Systemp. 22
Ventilation and Sawdust Collectionp. 23
Lumber Storagep. 24
Tool Storagep. 25
Safety Guidelinesp. 26
Telephonep. 26
Chapter 2 Shop Aids, Jigs, and Helpful Woodworking Techniquesp. 28
Abrasivesp. 29
Sander Padsp. 29
Replacing Sander Pads (#1)p. 29
Replacing Sander Pads (#2)p. 29
Sanding Discsp. 30
Hook-and-Loop Sanding Discsp. 30
Maintaining Sanding Discs and Beltsp. 30
Perforating Sanding Discsp. 30
Removing Sanding Discsp. 30
Storing Sanding Discsp. 31
Sandpaperp. 32
Close-Coat and Open-Coat Abrasivesp. 32
Grades of Sandpaperp. 32
Jigs for Cutting Sandpaperp. 33
Sandpaper Workshop Guidelinesp. 33
Types of Sandpaper and General Applicationsp. 33
Used-Sandpaper Applicationsp. 33
Sandpaper Belts and Drumsp. 33
Cleaning Sandpaper Beltsp. 33
Maintaining Sandpaper Belts and Drum Tubesp. 34
Purchasing Sandpaper Belts and Drum Tubesp. 34
Storing Sandpaper Belts and Drum Tubesp. 34
Sandpaper Sheetsp. 34
Purchasing Sandpaper Sheetsp. 35
Storing Sandpaper Sheets (#1)p. 35
Storing Sandpaper Sheets (#2)p. 35
Steel Woolp. 35
Removing Specks from Steel Woolp. 35
Using Steel Woolp. 35
Synthetic Abrasivesp. 36
Adhesivesp. 37
Applying Adhesivesp. 39
Applying Adhesives (#2)p. 39
Cleaning Glue Squeeze-Outp. 39
Extending Adhesive Effectivenessp. 40
Getting Adhesives into Workpiece Cracksp. 40
Laminating with Contact Cementp. 40
Laminating with Contact Cement (#2)p. 41
Small Glue-Up Jobsp. 41
Spray-On Adhesivesp. 41
Spreading Adhesivesp. 42
Air Compressorsp. 42
Air Compressor Mobilityp. 43
Air Nailer Maintenancep. 43
Allen Keysp. 44
Aluminum (Grinding and Filing)p. 44
Anglesp. 45
Angle Jigsp. 45
Drawing Anglesp. 45
Drawing Angles (#2)p. 45
Finding the Centers of Anglesp. 46
Auger Bitsp. 46
Awlp. 47
Backsawp. 47
Band Sawp. 47
Auxiliary Tables for a Band Sawp. 48
Backtracking with a Band Sawp. 48
Band Saw Blade-Cutting Limitationsp. 49
Band Saw Blade Typesp. 49
Band Saw Rip Fencep. 50
Bevel-Cutting with a Band Sawp. 50
Crosscutting Dowels with a Band Sawp. 50
Cutting Accurately with a Band Sawp. 51
Cutting Circles with a Band Sawp. 52
Cutting Dowels with a Band Sawp. 53
Cutting Spiraling Dowels with a Band Sawp. 53
Guide Blocks for the Band Sawp. 54
Installing Band-Saw Bladesp. 54
Making Long Crosscuts with a Band Sawp. 55
Relief Cutting with a Band Sawp. 56
Resawing with a Band Sawp. 56
Rounding Band-Saw Bladesp. 56
Safe and Accurate Cutting Techniquesp. 57
Scoring for a Straight Linep. 57
Tensioning Band-Saw Bladesp. 58
Bar Clamps (Gripping)p. 58
Belt Sanderp. 59
Safety Guard for Belt Sandersp. 59
Using the Beltsp. 60
Bench Dogsp. 60
Bench Visep. 60
Biscuit Joinersp. 60
Bladesp. 61
Bracep. 61
Bradsp. 61
Brass (Removing Tarnish From)p. 61
Buffingp. 61
Caulkp. 62
Caulking Around a Bathtub, etc.p. 63
Preventing Caulk from Drying Outp. 63
Preventing Caulking Tubes from "Running On"p. 63
Center-Finding Jigp. 63
Centers (Drawing)p. 64
Chair and Table Legs (Fitting)p. 64
Chalk Linep. 65
Chipboardp. 65
Chisels (Maintaining)p. 65
Circlesp. 66
Drawing Circlesp. 66
Patterns for Circlesp. 66
Circular Saw (Portable)p. 67
Plywood-Cutting Jig for a Circular Sawp. 67
Proper Circular Saw Cutting Techniquesp. 67
Using a Straightedgep. 68
Circular Saw Bladesp. 68
Buying Circular Saw Bladesp. 68
Cleaning Circular Saw Bladesp. 69
Containers for Circular Saw Bladesp. 69
Determining the Sharpness of Circular Saw Bladesp. 69
Fitting Circular Saw Bladesp. 70
Safety Techniques for Circular Saw Bladesp. 70
Storing Circular Saw Bladesp. 70
Clampsp. 70
Clamping Aidsp. 71
Clamping Odd Shapesp. 71
Clamp Storagep. 71
Clamp Storage (#2)p. 71
Clothespins as Clampsp. 72
Emergency Clampsp. 73
Pipe Clampsp. 73
Protecting Workpieces from Clampsp. 73
Protecting Workpieces from Clamps (#2)p. 73
Shop-Made Framing Clampsp. 74
Shop-Made Framing Clamps (#2)p. 74
Shop-Made Rubberband Clampsp. 74
Strap Clampsp. 75
Tie Wraps as Clampsp. 75
Compass Cutterp. 75
Compassesp. 75
Shop-Made Compassp. 76
Shop-Made Compass (#2)p. 76
Coping Saw Jig (Shop-Made)p. 76
Copper Pipe (Resoldering)p. 77
Countersinkingp. 77
Covered Boxesp. 78
Cutting Techniquep. 78
Cutting Technique (#2)p. 78
Curvesp. 78
Duplicating Curvesp. 78
Making Freehand Curvesp. 79
Depth Gauge (Shop-Made)p. 79
Dimples (Removing)p. 79
Door Edges (Sanding and Planing)p. 80
Doorsp. 80
Installing Locksets and Deadbolts on Doorsp. 80
Installing Striker Plates on Doorsp. 80
Dowelsp. 81
Dowel Jointsp. 81
Dowel Joints (#2)p. 81
Finding the Centers of Dowelsp. 81
Fluting Dowelsp. 82
Plugsp. 82
Rounding Off Dowel Endsp. 82
Storing Dowelsp. 83
Drafting Pencilsp. 83
Drawersp. 83
Childproofing Drawersp. 83
Childproofing Drawers (#2)p. 84
Drawer Handle Jigp. 84
Drawer Handle Jig (#2)p. 84
Drill Bitsp. 85
Cleaning Drill Bitsp. 86
"Truing" Drill Bitsp. 86
Drilling Techniquesp. 86
Depth Stopp. 86
Depth Stop (#2)p. 86
Depth Stop (#3)p. 87
Drilling Perpendicular Holesp. 87
Making Repeat Holes with a Portable Drillp. 88
"Parking" Portable Drillsp. 88
Drill Pressp. 88
Angle Jigs for the Drill Pressp. 89
Chuck Keysp. 89
Circle-Cutter Safetyp. 90
Drilling into Dowels with a Drill Pressp. 90
Drilling the Ends of Dowels with a Drill Pressp. 90
Drill Press Auxiliary Table and Fencep. 91
Drilling into Spheres with a Drill Pressp. 91
Drill Press as a Lathep. 91
Sanding Wheels with a Drill Pressp. 92
Setting Angles on a Drill-Press Tablep. 93
Tightening Bits in a Drill Pressp. 93
Truing-Up a Drill-Press Tablep. 93
Drywallp. 93
Epoxy Gluep. 94
Mixing Epoxy Gluep. 94
Retarding Epoxy Glue Setupp. 94
Extension Cordsp. 94
Selecting Extension Cordsp. 94
Storing Extension Cordsp. 95
Extension Ladderp. 96
Carrying an Extension Ladderp. 96
Carrying an Extension Ladder (#2)p. 96
Clamps for Paint Cansp. 96
Transporting an Extension Ladderp. 96
Wall Protectionp. 96
Filesp. 97
Cleaning Filesp. 97
Making File Handlesp. 97
Filters (Disposable)p. 98
Finishing Woodp. 98
Fly Cutterp. 98
Foam (Cutting)p. 99
Fretsawp. 99
Funnels (Making)p. 99
Furniture Heightp. 100
Garden Tools (Storing)p. 100
Geometryp. 101
Gluep. 101
Gluing Racksp. 101
Protecting the Finish from Gluep. 101
Removing Gluep. 102
Spreading Gluep. 102
Hammer Handles (Renewing)p. 103
Handsawp. 103
Japanese Handsawp. 103
Shop-Made Handsawp. 103
Hand Toolsp. 104
Cleaning Hand Toolsp. 104
Covers for Hand Toolsp. 104
Mending Hand-Tool Handlesp. 105
Preserving Hand Toolsp. 105
Protecting Hand-Plane Bladesp. 105
Protecting Hand-Tool Edgesp. 106
Protecting Hand Toolsp. 106
Sharpening Hand Toolsp. 106
Hardwood Lumber Sizes Hardwoodp. 107
Hardwood Board Foot Chartp. 108
Hardwood Designationsp. 108
Grades and Cutting Requirementsp. 108
Cutting Sizesp. 109
Moisture Contentp. 109
Standard Grades and Cutting Requirementsp. 110
Hardwood Lumber Sizesp. 111
Holes (Enlarging)p. 111
Hole Sawp. 112
Enlarging Holes Made By a Hole Sawp. 112
Increasing Hole Saw Cutting Depthp. 112
Releasing Drilled-Out Plugsp. 112
Using Hole Saws to Make Ringsp. 114
Jigsaw Blade Storagep. 114
Jointer Knivesp. 115
Joints (Identifying)p. 115
Labels (Removing)p. 115
Laminatingp. 115
Lathep. 116
Description and Usep. 116
Prolonging the Life of a Lathep. 119
Sanding with the Lathep. 119
Shop-Made Lathe Sanding Drumsp. 119
Leveling Scribep. 120
Lumberp. 120
Storing Lumberp. 122
Magnetsp. 123
Masking Tapep. 123
Measuring Techniquesp. 124
Mini-Power Toolsp. 124
Miter Gaugep. 124
Fitting a Miter Gaugep. 124
Gripping a Workpiece with a Miter Gaugep. 125
Squaring a Miter Gaugep. 125
Miters (Hand-Cutting)p. 126
Molding Headp. 126
Nailing Techniquesp. 126
Correct Nail Sizingp. 126
Nailing Close to the Edgesp. 126
Nailing in Close Quartersp. 126
Nailing the Correct Wayp. 127
Nailing into Finished Woodp. 127
Nailing Guardsp. 128
Nail Setsp. 128
Nailing Thumb Saversp. 128
Removing Nailsp. 128
Removing Nails (#2)p. 129
Toenailing Techniquep. 129
Nailsp. 129
Bradsp. 129
Common Nailsp. 130
Octagonsp. 130
Paintp. 131
Cleaning Paintbrushesp. 131
Cleaning Paintbrushes (#2)p. 132
Cleaning Paintbrushes (#3)p. 132
Cleaning Paint Roller Traysp. 132
Cleaning Paint Spray Cansp. 133
Dust-Free Paint Dryingp. 133
Estimating the Amount of Paintp. 133
Filtering Paintp. 134
Going Up a Ladder with Paintp. 134
Keeping Paint Cans Cleanp. 134
Mixing Paintp. 135
Mixing Paint (#2)p. 135
Mixing Paint (#3)p. 136
Painting Drawer Handlesp. 136
Painting Stepsp. 136
Pouring Paintp. 137
Preserving Paintbrushesp. 137
Preventing Paint Rollers from Slidingp. 137
Removing Paintp. 137
Shop-Made Spray Boothp. 138
Spray Paint Aidp. 138
Storing Paintp. 138
Using Old Paintbrushesp. 139
Paint Thinner (Recycling)p. 139
Patternsp. 139
Drawing Patternsp. 139
Enlarging Patternsp. 140
Transferring Patternsp. 140
Transferring Patterns (#2)p. 141
Pegboardp. 141
Securing Hooks on Pegboardp. 142
Using Pegboard on Stationary Power Toolsp. 142
Pencils (Sharpening)p. 142
Picture Framesp. 143
Plasticsp. 143
Bending Plasticsp. 143
Cutting Techniquesp. 143
Safety Techniquesp. 143
Types of Plasticp. 144
Plexiglasp. 144
Welding Plexiglasp. 145
Plywoodp. 146
Adding Edging to Plywoodp. 146
Bending Plywoodp. 147
Clamps for Carrying Plywoodp. 147
Jig for Carrying Plywoodp. 147
Preventing Tear-Out in Plywoodp. 148
Polygonsp. 148
Pulleys (Sizing)p. 149
Radial Arm Sawp. 149
Adjusting the Depth of Cut on a Radial Arm Sawp. 150
Checking a Radial Arm Saw for Squarep. 150
Cutting Circles with a Radial Arm Sawp. 151
Extension Table for a Radial Arm Sawp. 151
Stop Blockp. 152
Rafter Anglesp. 152
Random Orbital Sandersp. 153
Setting Orbital Sanders Downp. 154
Rasp (Shop-Made)p. 154
Refinishing Furniturep. 154
Refinishing Techniquesp. 154
Removing Old Glue from Furniturep. 157
Stripping Spindlesp. 157
Routersp. 157
Auxiliary Basep. 159
Measuring Router-Base Radiusp. 159
Measuring Router Cutting Radiusp. 159
Molding Jigp. 160
Router Bit Storagep. 160
Router Tablesp. 160
Testing Router Bitsp. 160
Rubber Cementp. 161
Rust (Preventing)p. 161
Rust Checkp. 162
Safety Glassesp. 162
Importance of Safety Glassesp. 162
Types of Safety Glassesp. 163
Sandersp. 163
Sanding Techniquesp. 163
Preventing Marks When Sandingp. 163
Sanding Concave Surfacesp. 164
Sanding Drywall Jointsp. 164
Sanding Small Partsp. 164
Sawdustp. 165
Air Cleanersp. 165
Clearning Sawdust Blockagep. 166
Down-Draft Collectionp. 166
Dust Collection with Portable Toolsp. 166
Installing Dust-Collection Systemsp. 167
Metal Straps on Dust Collectorsp. 167
Preventing Sawdust Blockagep. 167
Removing Sawdustp. 168
Sawdust Staticp. 169
Static Controlp. 169
Treating Sawdust in the Eyesp. 169
Sawhorsesp. 169
Folding Sawhorsesp. 170
Folding Sawhorses (#2)p. 170
Padding Sawhorsesp. 170
Scrapers (Honing)p. 170
Scratch Awlp. 171
Screwdrivers (Reusing)p. 171
Screwsp. 171
Broken Screwsp. 172
Countersink Coversp. 172
Driving Screws into Hardwoodp. 173
Driving Screws into Wood in Tight Spotsp. 173
Lubricating Wood Screwsp. 173
Measuring Screwsp. 174
Pocket-Hole Jig for Screwsp. 174
Purchasing Screwsp. 174
Removing Broken Screwsp. 175
Repairing Broken Screwsp. 175
Screw "Covers"p. 175
Selecting Screwsp. 176
Tightening Screwsp. 177
Scroll Sawp. 177
Extending Blade Usagep. 177
Scroll-Sawing Thin Materialp. 178
Storing Scroll-Saw Bladesp. 178
Seat (Shop-Made)p. 178
Shaper Headp. 179
Crosscutting with a Shaper Headp. 179
Sharpening Shaper-Head Bladesp. 180
Shelf Brackets (Making)p. 180
Shelvesp. 181
Making Shelvesp. 181
Painting and Finishing Shelvesp. 181
Signing Your Workp. 181
Small Itemsp. 182
Spray-Painting Small Partsp. 182
Storing Small Itemsp. 182
Storing Small Items (#2)p. 182
Socket Wrenchesp. 183
Softwoodp. 183
Checking Checks in Drying Softwoodp. 183
Softwood Buying Guidelinesp. 183
Solvents (Disposing of)p. 184
Spade Bitsp. 184
Spirals (Making)p. 184
Squaring Project Cornersp. 185
Squeegeep. 186
Stains (Applying)p. 186
Steel Squarep. 186
Steel Woolp. 187
Table Sawp. 187
Changing Bladesp. 188
Changing Blades (#2)p. 188
Dust Collectionp. 188
Ensuring Accurate Angles When Using a Table Sawp. 189
Link Beltsp. 189
Miter Gaugep. 189
Adjusting the Miter Gaugep. 189
Preventing Miter-Gauge "Catch"p. 190
Smoothing the Edges of Miter-Gauge Slotsp. 190
Repairing Miter Gaugesp. 190
Out-Feed Rollerp. 191
Out-Feed Tablep. 192
Zero-Clearance Insertp. 192
Zero-Clearance Insert (#2)p. 193
Tape (Double-Faced)p. 193
Backing "Leader"p. 193
Tape (Sticky)p. 194
Tape Measurep. 194
Ensuring Tape-Measure Accuracyp. 194
Making Precise Inside Measurements with a Tape Measurep. 194
Stick-On Tape Measuresp. 194
Using Tape Measures As a "Compass"p. 195
Tenons (Making Round)p. 195
Thickness Planerp. 195
Knife Repairp. 195
Planing Small Piecesp. 196
Tool Kitp. 196
Toothbrushes in the Workshopp. 196
Vacuum in the Workshopp. 197
Veneerp. 197
Applying Veneerp. 203
Cutting Veneerp. 204
Gluing Veneerp. 204
Repairing Veneerp. 205
Visep. 205
Determining Workpiece Thickness with a Visep. 205
Vertical Planing Visep. 205
Wall-Cabinet Bracketsp. 205
Water Stainsp. 207
Removing Water Stains on Finished Woodp. 207
Removing Water Stains on Unfinished Woodp. 207
Wheels (Shop-Made)p. 207
Wire Wheels (Extending the Lives of)p. 208
Woodp. 208
Storing Woodp. 208
Transporting Woodp. 208
Wood Filler (Applying)p. 209
Wood Finishingp. 209
"Aging" Woodp. 210
Ensuring a Smooth Finishp. 210
Filling Spray Gunsp. 210
Finishing Long Workpiecesp. 211
Hiding Knotsp. 212
Preventing Hardened Residue on Cansp. 212
Safety Procedures When Using Finishing Materialsp. 212
Spray Finishing and Paintingp. 213
Wood Stainsp. 213
Applying Wood Stainsp. 213
Water-Soluble Wood Stainsp. 213
Workbenchp. 214
Bench Hooksp. 214
Expanding the Surface of a Workbenchp. 215
Light for a Workbenchp. 215
Workbench Dogsp. 215
Workmate Portable Project Centerp. 216
Extenders for Workmatep. 216
Extenders for Workmate (#2)p. 216
Nail Support Bin for the Workmatep. 217
Tool Rack for the Workmatep. 218
Workshop Cleaningp. 218
Cleaning a Workshopp. 218
Cleaning a Workshop (#2)p. 218
Metric Equivalency Chartp. 220
Weights and Measures Chartp. 221
Glossaryp. 222
Indexp. 238
About the Authorp. 256