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Workshop tip: Magnetized block retains chisel sq.

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As I used to be inlaying a maple “S” right into a walnut plaque, I got here up with the concept to magnetize the block I used to be utilizing to information my chisel. The brand new block retains the chisel far more steady as I pare again the recess to my structure traces (after routing away many of the waste). To make the information, I jointed two adjoining faces of a hardwood block, reduce two grooves within the vertical face, and epoxied two lengthy rare-earth magnets into the slots. They sit slightly below the floor of the wooden, which lets them maintain the chisel firmly with out impeding its sliding motion. I discovered the magnets on, and made the block huge sufficient for my widest paring chisel. It really works so properly that I’ll be making one at 45°, and one other at 90° with a vertical fence glued to it, to information my mortise chisels.

—RUSSELL SHELLY, Haddon Heights, N.J.

Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Effective Woodworking situation #290

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