Plywood sheets often are too large to carry comfortably. There are plywood handling devices available from tool suppliers, but I found a way to transport 4×8 sheet goods using items found in my shop. Simply take a piece of 18 ga. or thicker steel strap, about 1 in. wide by 2 in. long (an A Angle-A21Z from Simpson Strong Tie, www.strongtie.com, works well), and bend it into a J-hook. Drill a hole in the long side and, using a machine screw and a nut, attach the strap through the hole at the end of a standard handsaw. To use, reach over a sheet of plywood with the handsaw, grab the bottom edge with the J-hook, and lift. With the plywood balanced and tucked under your fully extended arm, you can almost carry the piece one-handed. Alternatively, the hook can be reversed to allow lifting with the saw on the near side of the panel. And, when you want to use the saw for cutting, the J-hook isn’t in the way. Drawings by Jim Richey. Drawings by Jim Richey
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In this video Matt methodically takes you through the pins first approach to dovetails that the North Bennet Street School is known for. Matt demonstrates proper sawing technique and how to efficiently and effectively chisel out the waste.