No Lint Finishing Tip

When you apply a wipe-on finish with a regular cotton cloth it can leave little bits of fuzz in the finish.

To prevent this, take an old pair of nylon tights and roll them up into a ball. The nylon holds lots of finish and applies it without leaving any lint behind. It really works great!

Don’t forget to try our J.W. Etc. Craftsman’s Blend Water Based Wood Stain and Sealer. Available in colors here.


A quick tip for fixing miter joints with No Wood Putty!

If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of discovering that “little gap” on the outside of your miter joint, you’ll appreciate this quick tip.

Woodworkers often try to hide these gaps with wood putties or other fillers, but there’s a faster and easier way to solve this problem.

If the gap is small, you can use the edge of a screwdriver to subtly round over the corners. The corners will close in and mask the gap. The effect is very subtle but effective.

Clogged Forstner Bits

If you have ever wandered around your local hardware/woodworking store, you have probably noticed a wide array of forstner bits available. One thing I’ve noticed through the years is that some of the bits tend to clog with wood chips more than others do, especially in the larger sizes. This is annoying because you have to stop the drill and clean out the bit.

When I started comparing the bits, I discovered that the “mouth” of the bits weren’t all the same. On the bits that clogged, the sides of the mouth were nearly parallel. On the other bits, the mouth tapered out toward the top to eject the chips cleanly.

In order to create more room for the chips, I modified bits that clogged by “opening” up the mouth. To do this, file or grind back the top edges of the opening, see drawings.

There’s one thing to watch out for. Just be sure you don’t file or grind any of the cutting edges of the bit.

Denatured Alcohol for Sanding

Use denatured alcohol as a sanding aid to improve the quality of your finished projects.

After sanding, use denatured alcohol to remove the excess sawdust that is trapped in the grain. The denatured alcohol will evaporate quickly, allowing you to sand the raised grain and produce a smoother finished coat.

WARNING! – To help avoid the risk of a fire or explosion when using a power sander, allow the alcohol to evaporate completely!

Checking Table Saw Blade Alignment

To get an accurate crosscut on the table saw, the blade has to be parallel with the saw’s mitre gauge slots.

A quick way to check this is to use a combination square and a marker, see top photo right. If your blade isn’t parallel to the mitre gauge slots, the table saw trunnion needs to be adjusted. (The trunnion is the assembly that holds the saw’s arbor to the underside of the saw table.) Normally, all you need to do is loosen the bolts that hold the trunnion and tap the trunnion in the direction needed.

MARK TOOTH To check that your blade is parallel with the mitre gauge slot, first mark a tooth. Then place a square in the slot and adjust it so the end of the square just touches the side of the marked tooth.

ROTATE SAW BLADE Next, slide the square and rotate the blade backward until the marked tooth aligns with the square. If the square just touches the side of the tooth, the slot and the blade are aligned.

Battling Stubborn Screws

Have you ever snapped off or stripped the head of a screw while trying to force it into hardwood?

Before screwing into hardwood you should always pre-drill a “pilot hole”. A pilot hole should generally be about ½ the diameter of the screw in hard woods and ¼ in softer woods.

Sometimes even with a good pilot hole, a stubborn screw will refuse to go any further.

To solve this simply rub a little moist bar soap or paraffin wax on the threads Fast Cap Screw Waxto act as a lubricant. This is especially useful with soft metal screws such as brass and aluminum.

Even better, use Screw Wax from FastCap. You can find it in our store here.

Note: Do not use oil or grease as these products may leach out into and stain the wood.

Why are prices on supplies going up so fast

People are asking why all of woodworking supply items are taking such a big price increase all of a sudden. First is there is not many manufacturers in the USA any more. For example there was about 30 manufactures of wooden wheels some years ago. Today there is 3 remaining. China has under cut the price of making items companies in the USA either have China make the item or they quit making or go out of business. We at WOODWORKINGPARTS.COM still sell USA made wheels and as many other items that we can find made in the USA.

The next item affecting pricing is all shippers raised their prices the first of the year so it costs all places more to get their stock into the warehouse. This includes semi loads as the price of fuel is going up so fast.

Lastly the biggest problem in price increases is China. They now have the majority of the manufacturing so it is supply and demand. They have no longer trying to compete with the world market as they are the only supplier on a majority of items. All of our suppliers are telling us that they have already been notified of price increases from China of 4 to 40 percent. Most suppliers are saying average is about 20 to 25 percent.

So everyones want of cheaply made China items is finally coming back to bite us. No competition, no need to keep prices cheap.