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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Custom corner cauls
Clamping boxes made with box joints or dovetail joints presents a challenge. These custom cauls wrap around box joint corners and have recesses that clear the protruding pins.
Spline jig for mitered joints
Miter joints are hard to clamp and aren't very strong, especially on large or heavy picture frames. Adding inlaid splines can reinforce these joints and align them during assembly
We're a fan of these hooks
Old ceiling fan blade brackets make excellent multi-purpose hooks.
Compact clamp corral
This handy benchtop rack holds small clamps to avoid the clutter of clamps on a workbench during project assembly.
Custom clamp creations
Sometimes handscrew clamps don't have the reach you need. You can make your own with custom jaws.

More Shop Tips

Scrub plane throwing you a curve?
By following these simple steps, you can master the technique for sharpening a scrub plane blade.
A groovy guide for consistent cuts
A solution to cut consistent straight grooves at the table saw
Slick sled for sawing shapes

This bandsaw sled holds oddly shaped pieces like burls and small logs using four movable, curved jaws that pivot and slide on the base to almost any position.