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Hot Tips, Vol. 6

These tips are compiled from various sources. Suitability of use is up to the individual, and of course- TEST BEFORE IMPLEMENTING!

Drilling acrylic? Here's how: Stone a little flat on the drill's cutting edge to give it a zero rake, otherwise it will try to screw itself into the work- you needn't do much, just enough to be visible. Put small pieces of unusable bar soap in a bottle with some water- when dissolved it works well as a coolant and lubricant for drilling plastic. Apply to the drill with a small brush every time you back it out to clear the chips.

Quick tamper-proof screws: use Phillips head screws and after installing them, drill out the heads a little to remove the "X".

Stenciling is an easy way to add extra dimension to projects, and the cost is very minor: some paint, and a pattern, made from plastic sheet or folder stock. The technique is "loading" a brush (or sponge), unloading until the proper amount is retained, and applying it through the pattern. To load, dip the stencil brush into the paint and unload by wiping on a paper towel until the brush is dry. Dab (stipple) through the stencil to decorate- if you see brush marks, you need to unload more paint. An airbrush look is achieved by moving your brush in circular motions with little pressure.

For a one-time stencil job that doesn't warrant the purchase of the special brush, wrap a rubber band around a standard paintbrush to bunch up and stiffen the bristles.

Use leather hole punches on adhesive backed veneer to make self-stick screw hole covers.

Don't assume the sheet of plywood you just purchased is square; check the diagonals before cutting it up. A 48 x 96 panel should measure in at 107-5/16"

3-inch wide paint rollers are a good size for laying down a lot of glue in a hurry. Make your own inexpensively by cutting a 9" size into thirds. Storing a used one in a plastic bag will keep for a day or so, in a freezer- indefinitely.

Alcohol will crystallize hide glue, making the bond of a stubborn joint weak enough to be wrenched free. Most furniture constructed before and during WWII used hide glue as the adhesive.


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