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The Handyman’s Basic Toolkit

A basic toolkit is described below, and the tools listed are sufficient to tackle most of the jobs within the scope of the handyman. Any special tools required are mentioned in relevant sections dealing with their use. Purchase tools of … Continue reading

05. July 2011 by admin
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How to Use Lathe Attachments

Using lathe attachments Lathe attachments made to fit all makes of power drill are only suitable for light work. For the best results use a variable speed drill set at 900 rpm. Ensure that the lathe bed is firmly fixed … Continue reading

24. June 2011 by admin
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How to Cut a Mortise

Mortising A drill stand, combined with a special mortising bit and a yoke holder, allows mortises to be cut cleanly, accurately and quickly with a power tool. The mortising bit itself consists of a twist bit rotating inside a hollow … Continue reading

24. June 2011 by admin
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Using Rubber Disc and Drum Sanders

Sanding, always a tedious task, can be speeded up by the intelligent use of power tools. The most common attachment is the flexible rubber backing disc to which discs of abrasive paper are screwed. Disc sanders are also available as … Continue reading

24. June 2011 by admin
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What is an Orbital Sander?

Orbital sanders are for fine finishing work only and should not be used for removing any appreciable quantity of material. The flat cushioned pad over which abrasive paper is stretched rotates in small circles of about 10 mm (3/8 in) … Continue reading

24. June 2011 by admin
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Sanding Discs, Abrasives, Polishers and Grinders

Sanding discs More accurate than the flexible rubber sanding disc is the rigid type, fitted to a power tool mounted on a bench stand accessory. Similar sanders are also available as attachments to universal woodworking machines. The main use of … Continue reading

24. June 2011 by admin
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How to Use a Jig Saw to Cut Curves

The portable jig saw, available either as an attachment to a power drill or as an integral tool, is useful for cutting out straight or curved sections from the edge or centre of plywood, blockboard, hardboard, laminated plastic or timber … Continue reading

24. June 2011 by admin
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Different Types of Circular Saw Table

Using a circular saw on a saw table gives greater precision and makes sawing easier because it leaves both hands free to position and guide the timber. Tables suitable for integral saws and saw attachments vary from small bench-mounted models … Continue reading

24. June 2011 by admin
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Circular Saws: Do’s and Don’ts

The circular saw is a most useful attachment for power tools, but remember that most manufacturers’ attachments will only fit their own make of tool. Integral circular saws, which include their own power units, perform better than saw attachments which … Continue reading

24. June 2011 by admin
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Using a Drill: How to Drill Accurately

Always ensure that you are drilling at right angles to the work surface. One way to do this is to line up your bit with an up-ended try-square and, if possible, enlist a helper to tell you when you are … Continue reading

24. June 2011 by admin
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