Shop Tips

Learn tips and tricks that make your shop time more productive. Find out how to get the most out of hand tools and power tools, including your router and table saw. See tips on finishing, gluing, clamping, sharpening, layout, and more!

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Get your bearings before using benchtop tools
Make it easier to move benchtop tools out of the way but still lock them in place during use.
Tape tames belt tracking
Tape helps stop sanding belts from sliding off the roller on a stationary belt sander.
Watch your noise levels in the shop
An Apple Watch feature makes the watch vibrate and show a notification if the decibel reading exceeds a specific level for a set amount of time.
For rows of round holes, turn to a square
A modified drywall t-square substitutes for a commercial shelf-pin jig.
Totally tubular storage rack for slim stock 
Cardboard shipping tubes make great storage racks for dowels, thin cutoffs, threaded rod, bar stock, continuous hinges, and other long pieces.
Drop a dowel to determine dust level
A pre-marked dowel helps know when cyclone dust collector is full.
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Fold-up pedal lifts to free floor space
Wall mounted scale saw make floor cleaning easier. This fold-up pedal keeps pedal close when needed.
A shady solution for a clean worksurface

An inexpensive vinyl window blind protects your benchtop during glue-ups and finishing.