Feb 052018
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No Southern-fried Southern boy wants to be called a Yankee, but we share the characteristics of shrewdness and thrift. Thus, each month we include a money-saving tip. It’s OK if you call me “cheap.

There is one thing contrarian about the Festool RO90: the dust collection holes are not the same size as other Festool sanding disks and pads. I’ve written before about using disposable foam paint pad handles as guides for installing sanding pads.  A 3/8″ dowel works the same. The RO90’s holes are smaller, so I looked for the perfect guide and settled on a good old #2 pencil. Now, you’re probably not lucky enough to have a good old #1 Katz & Besthoff pencil, because K&B Drugstores got bought out in 1997 by RiteAid. But Brenda, seeing the end of the classic purple pencils coming, stocked up.

No, I won’t tell you where her stash is.

A standard pencil allows you to line up the dust collection holes perfectly on your RO90, whether using the round or triangular attachment.

Jim Randolph is a veterinarian in Long Beach, Mississippi. His earlier careers as lawn mower, dairy farmer, automobile mechanic, microwave communications electronics instructor and journeyman carpenter all influence his approach to woodworking. His favorite projects are furniture built for his wife, Brenda, and for their children and grandchildren. His and Brenda’s home, nicknamed Sticks-In-The-Mud, is built on pilings (sticks) near the wetlands (mud) on a bayou off Jourdan River. His shop is in the lower level of their home.Questions and comments on woodworking may be written below in the comments section. Questions about pet care should be directed to his blog on pet care, www.MyPetsDoctor.com. We regret that, because of high volume, not all inquiries can be answered personally.

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