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I loved the Top Shop Tip by Warren Perkins in WOOD® magazine issue 187 (November 2008) where he drew two parallel lines on curved cuts and shot the gap with his bandsaw. Warren’s “freehand” must be steadier than mine, though, because I found it difficult to mark a freehand line parallel to the original cutline. To help me do that, I sharpen the tip of a carpenter’s pencil, and then split the lead with a bandsaw. Now it’s easy to draw parallel lines the exact width of a bandsaw blade. —Gene ...
When building jigs, I save a little money and get exactly the size I want by making my own knobs. On a piece of scrap, lay out a circle as large as you’d like the knob to be. Draw three equally spaced, intersecting lines across the circle’s diameter. Then, drill a 1⁄2" hole where each line meets the circle, as well as a counterbore and through hole in the circle’s center (where the lines intersect) for a bolt. Cut along the circle between the holes. Complete your knob by drawing another ...