Triangular Cutoffs Make Handy Staining Stands
After I stained one side of a paneled door, I was looking for a way to hold it so I could stain the other side. Because I had mitered the corners of the door frame, I had some triangular cutoffs in my scrap bin that were just what I needed.
The triangular scraps support the piece being stained only on their "peaks." Drilling holes in the cutoffs and inserting a dowel helps keep the blocks from tipping over. You can adjust this simple jig for a project of any width by sliding the blocks along the dowel. For larger pieces, simply use a longer piece of dowel.
—Norman Crowfoot, Tucson, Ariz.