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[Tips and tricks] One-handed hold-down and more tips

I carve a lot of spoons. Most of the post-bandsaw shaping takes place with the work secured in my bench vise. However, sometimes I need more positioning  exibility. It turns out
that a spreader bar clamp is just the thing. You can remove its reversible jaw in order to slip the bar through a standard  "-dia. dog hole. Replacing the jaw in its normal orientation— but below the benchtop—then creates a very e ective bench hold- down. It can be operated with one hand so I can quickly and easily reposition a workpiece as needed to  nish shaping and smoothing it. —Bob Poling,
Parkersburg, West Virginia

No-spin dowel sawing
Most woodworkers know that crosscutting dowels on a miter saw can be dicey because the blade can grab the piece and spin it out of your hands. To prevent this, you can secure the piece in a sandpaper-lined wooden V-cradle, or temporarily a x self-adhesive sandpaper to your fence and table. However, I’ve found that the quickest approach is to simply press the dowel in place against a scrap of nonslip bench padding like that used for routing and sanding. —Charles Mak, Calgary, Alberta

Simple spindle spraying
When faced with spray- nishing a bunch of spindles, I'd say that it’s well worth the time to set up a simple rack for hanging the parts. It’s nothing more than a suspended 2 × 4 out tted with cup hooks. I then install a screw eye into the end

of each spindle to hang it from a cup hook. (No harm done since spindle ends are seldom exposed in a  nished piece.)  e setup allows me complete spraying access, and eliminates handling the pieces during the process. —Joe Hurst


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