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!
Easy, low-cost, no-mar way to attach edging
Rather than buy specialized edge clamps, make your own.
This paint-thinner dispenser proves indispensable
I recycled laundry detergents jugs to dispense mineral spirits in my workshop.
Ceiling grid makes the most of overhead shop space
I suspended a grid of 1×4s in 2'-square sections. Simple half-notch joints at each intersection hold a grid together. Now there’s room for hanging all sorts of things.
Here’s a dirt-simple and quick way to mark equal spacing along the edge of a workpiece.
Before you have that old dishwasher hauled away, save the racks.
Tablesaws and mitersaws yield clean and straight cuts, but holding small pieces on either machine can be a hassle at best.
Build your tool holders so they work well hanging on a wall or standing on a bench.
Like most folks, I generally sand pocket-hole plugs flush with the surrounding surface after gluing them in.
When cutting identical cabinet parts from multiple sheet goods, I use a wood straightedge to guide the portable circ saw.