Finger-saving hold-down extension
When I'm trimming the end off a short piece at my mitersaw, often the saw's hold-down clamp won't reach the workpiece. To remedy this, I attach a short scrap the same thickness as the workpiece to a clamping caul long enough to bridge the gap, as shown. For added stability, I epoxied a 2" wood disk to the pad of the hold-down. —Luis Padilla, Albuquerque, N.M.