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!
My projects require a lot of fine sanding.
After slabbing a log with my chainsaw mill, I needed a router sled to flatten the slabs. For less than $90, I built a heavy-duty version that should last me for years.
A luthier friend, who makes stringed instruments, showed me this tip for gluing up thin panels and keeping them flat using large wedges, straight cauls, and strong cord.
One of the frustrations throughout my 50 years of woodworking is fine-tuning the tablesaw rip-fence position
The replacement filters for my ceiling-mounted air filter are an odd size and rather expensive.
I use a lot of different kinds of tape in my shop, and this handy caddy keeps my tape rolls in one place.
While fine-tuning the depth of some grooves I was routing recently, dusk fell, and the lighting in that area of my shop made this a challenging task.
After using a buffing pad on my orbital sander, stray fibers clogged the hooks of the pad to the point where it wouldn’t hold a sanding disc.