Australian Woodsmith 2nd June 2021
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Workshop Scratch Pad

When working in the workshop, I have a tendency to scribble notes on whatever item happens to be close at hand. This includes doodling sketches on the top of my workbench, or writing a hardware store shopping list on the back of discarded packaging materials that I dig out of the bin. A more permanent solution was definitely in order. So I came up with this simple scratch pad that uses a readily available roll of adding machine tape.

Basic construction. Using plywood, a few dowels, and a couple of strips of Masonite, the scratch pad is easy to put together in no time. The sides are joined by a pair of dowels and a plywood base that acts as a writing surface. Before shaping the sides, I used a straight bit in the router table to create the slots for a dowel that holds the roll of adding machine tape.

The two Masonite tape holders have a shallow trench on the underside that allows the tape to slide underneath. They also get glued in position.


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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
    Exercise vigilance and the greatest of care when using power tools, whether stationary or portable. Keep all your tools sharp and well maintained. Wear protective eyewear, a dust mask and a hearing protector when appropriate. By limiting distractions and developing safe work practices you will go a long way to avoiding workshop accidents. So, work safe fellow woodworkers.  -Editor
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