Mass pro­duc­tion

If you want to build a bunch, here are some la­bor-sav­ing tips.

The Family Handyman - - BEST PRO TIPS -

Cut uni­form parts with a stop block

Clamp a block to your fence so you can cut parts to pre­cisely the same length with­out mea­sur­ing and mark­ing.

Make a car­riage jig

Mark the an­gle cut on one of the end parts (A) and set it on a

10 x 14-in. scrap. Then add cleats to hold the end in po­si­tion.

Cut the an­gles

Set the ta­ble saw fence at 10 in. and slide the car­riage against it to cut the an­gled ends. After the first an­gle is cut, flip the board and cut the other side. CAU­TION: Guard re­moved for photo. Use yours!

Soak off la­bels

La­bels on steel pipe are tough to re­move. To make it eas­ier, we picked up an alu­minum foil roast­ing pan ($5 at home cen­ters) and soaked the pipes in min­eral spir­its overnight.

Drill han­dle holes

Clamp the car­riage to a drill press ta­ble so you can set each end in place and bore the han­dle hole. We used a 3/4-in. Forstner bit, which is about right for 3/8-in. black pipe.

Line ‘em up and spray ‘em

We fin­ished our bot­tle cad­dies with two coats of spray var­nish. After the first coat, we lightly sanded with a fine sand­ing sponge. Then we added the han­dles and sprayed again. When the fin­ish was com­pletely dry, we at­tached an old­style metal bot­tle opener to one side of the caddy.

Stop block

Car­riage End

Car­riage Cleat End 2"


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