5 Awesome Woodworking Tips and Tricks
Whenever I find myself at furniture maker Michael Fortune‘s Ontario workshop, I always notice a handful of ingenious woodworking tips and tricks. Fortune is always thinking, and always improving.
Even his assistants pitch in! The trailer-ball hitch was the brainchild of Kelly Parker, who worked with Fortune over a couple of summers.
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To get a vac port to stay put on his router table, Fortune drops a bag of small lead shot on it.
I've seen jigs like this for trimming solid-wood edging on plywood panels, but not one with a ball hitch on it. It serves as both a counterweight and a handle. Michael credits a visiting artist, Kelly Parker, with this one.
With this hook he made by bending a steel rod, Fortune can quickly slide machines around the shop, pulling from the bottom rather than the top. A small-ring-shaped bend serves as the handle.
Fortune uses a lot of accessories in his drill press, including these wire wheels that quickly remove rust from a flea-market find.
If you work with a lot of curves, whether laminated or solid, you'll need a set of drawing disks like these, which let you draw a line parallel to a curve. Fortune made these with a circle-cutter attachment on the drill press.