Tips

Forward-facing hacksaw teeth

Install the blade on a hacksaw so the teeth face forward. The saws are designed so the blade will cut when it’s pushed (the forward stroke) rather than when pulled. Some blades have an arrow that shows the correct installation (the arrow points toward the handle). Install the blade so it’s tight in the saw…

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“On the level” table saw

You’ve finally got your table saw on a mobile base so it’s easy to pull out and put away on the weekend. Finish the job by finding a level spot on the floor that’s also convenient for sawing boards without obstruction. Mark the wheel positions with bright-colored duct tape and now you can roll the…

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Clamp and Hot Glue

Hot glue holds small stuff better than clamps When you have to cut, shape, file, sand or finish something small, reach for your hot glue gun and glue the piece to a pedestal stick. The hot glue will hold just about anything as well as or better than any clamp ever could—if using a clamp…

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Try a Drafting Square

Use a drafting square for more accuracy When you need an accurate square in the 2- to 3-ft. range, your options are limited. Drywall squares are notoriously inaccurate and cumbersome. Carpenter squares involve that nagging hassle of having to hook them onto the edge of your workpiece. If you have a drafting square lying around,…

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No More Glue Stains

Use tape to catch excess glue To prevent stains caused by oozing glue along joints, clamp the pieces together without glue. Put tape on the joint, then cut along it with a sharp blade. Separate the pieces, apply the glue and clamp them together again. The glue will ooze onto the tape, not the wood.…

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1-in. crosscutting stop block

Important table saw safety When you’re crosscutting on a table saw, set the cut length with a block clamped to the fence. Don’t ever use the fence directly to avoid getting a board kicked back right at you. Instead, clamp a block of wood to the fence before the blade. Then the end of the…

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Reusable sanding blocks

Make your own reusable sanding block Here’s how to make your own reusable sanding blocks. Cut six blocks from scrap 3/4-in.plywood for each sandpaper grit you commonly use. Make them 2-1/2 in. x 4-3/4 in. Spray adhesive on both a square of cork tile and each block. Stick a block to the cork and cut…

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The Five Most Important Table Saw Safety Tips

One of the most useful, but also most dangerous, tools in any workshop or wood working room is the table saw. The table saw is an amazingly versatile tool which allows the user to cut large or small pieces of both hard and soft wood with amazing accuracy and precision time and time again. But…

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Easy Pallet Projects

Wood pallets are a great source of rustic looking lumber.  They cost anywhere from $0 -$20 ea.  Keep an eye out when you are driving around through shopping ares and home improvement stores.  It doesn’t hurt to stop and ask when you see some.  Most places are planning to get rid of them anyway.  You…

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Pay Attention On The Content of Moisture When Buying Wood Furniture

In the modern times, it is common to find the wood furniture, what’s more, it is considered that the wooden furniture have the dominant advantage in the furniture market. Among all the wood furniture, more and more people are likely to choose the solid wood furniture which is the top grade wood furniture. However, when…

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