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<b>Mistake:</b> You measured from the 1" mark (“burning” the first inch), then forgot to add an inch when marking. <b>Solution:</b> First, use a steel rule or folding rule that doesn’t have the play of a retractable tape’s hook. Second, if you must burn that inch, make your mark, top, then double-check it by measuring again using the hook, bottom. This example shows how burning that inch resulted in greater accuracy, as the bottom measurement is 1⁄64" shorter than the tape indicates.

<b>Mistake:</b> You measured from the 1" mark (“burning” the first inch), then forgot to add an inch when marking. <b>Solution:</b> First, use a steel rule or folding rule that doesn’t have the play of a retractable tape’s hook. Second, if you must burn that inch, make your mark, top, then double-check it by measuring again using the hook, bottom. This example shows how burning that inch resulted in greater accuracy, as the bottom measurement is 1⁄64" shorter than the tape indicates.

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Use Scrap Wood Guides for a Perfect Fit: 13 Tips for Perfect Miters Every Time http://www.familyhandyman.com/woodworking/perfect-miters-every-time

Perfect Miters Every Time

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Here’s a way to get a better grip on a smooth wood clamtp handle: Glue toothpicks around the diameter of the handle, slip a short length of heat-shrink tubing (available at most home centers) over them, and apply heat with a heat gun. This creates a knurled surface that gives a positive grip. —Joel Nowland, West Point, Utah

Here’s a way to get a better grip on a smooth wood clamtp handle: Glue toothpicks around the diameter of the handle, slip a short length of heat-shrink tubing (available at most home centers) over them, and apply heat with a heat gun. This creates a knurled surface that gives a positive grip. —Joel Nowland, West Point, Utah

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DIY: Use Vaseline to Distress Wood, rub vaseline in splotches, paint over, rub off...instant distressed look! How brilliant is that?

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DIY: Use Vaseline to Distress Wood, rub vaseline in splotches, paint over, rub off...instant distressed look! How brilliant is that?

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Advanced Router Techniques

Advanced Router Techniques

Routers are one of the most versatile woodworking tools, useful not just for making trim and cutting edges, but for solving a whole range of woodworking problems. Learn how to cut curves, straighten boards, flatten bows and much more.

Advanced Router Techniques

Advanced Router Techniques

Routers are one of t Routers are one of the most versatile woodworking tools useful not just for making trim and cutting edges but for solving a whole range of woodworking problems. Learn how to cut curves straighten boards flatten bows and much more.

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