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Give Me a Brake (How to Make a Riving Brake)

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riving brakeGet some splitting leverage with this simple contraption. by Peter Follansbee Reach for a froe, and you should immediately think, Give me a brake. The brake can be a constructed workholding device, or just a couple of logs. Its function is to trap your workpiece in such a way that you can exert leverage on a section of a log as it's splitting. The froe - used to split a […]The post Give Me a Brake (How to Make a Riving Brake) appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Remove Scratches from a Car - Polish with an Electric Polisher, a Lamb's-wool Pad and Water-based Rubbing Compound

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I have a friend who did a stupid thing. Before explaining what happened, I want to remove any reference to a real name or a sex. So I'm going to call my friend Pat in memory of that wonderful androgynous fictional character on Saturday Night Live from a few decades ago, performed by Julia Sweeney. Pat has a fairly new black-painted car and managed to put some scratches in the […]The post How to Remove Scratches from a Car - Polish with an Electric Polisher, a Lamb's-wool Pad and Water-based Rubbing Compound appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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How to Prepare Construction Lumber for Furniture

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Construction pine, the stuff you get at the big box stores, has a bad rap with woodworkers. It's poorly dried, hard to work and moves way too much. It grows too fast so the grain is too wide and varied. It's for carpentry projects I also know this. It's cheap, requires good tool techniques, needs proper design consideration and demands sharp edges. Which makes it perfect for new woodworkers, experiments […]The post How to Prepare Construction Lumber for Furniture appeared first on Popular Woodworking Magazine.

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