Wood Shop tricks

Over the years, I have come up with a few 'tricks' to make a some things easier in the workshop. I figured I'd share some of those with you.

Table saw tricks

Avoiding tearout
on veneered
plywood stock
Using skillsaw blades
in a table saw
Dado blade
substitute

Table saw fence
micro adjusting
Cove cutting
Eliminating
miter gauge play

Bandsaw tricks

Stoning bandsaw
blades
Bandsaw 'zero
clearance insert'

Bandsaw
resaw sled
A blade guide for
resawing wide lumber
on a 14" bandsaw
Cutting dovetails
on the bandsaw

Planer tricks

Avoiding snipe on
a cheap planer

Tapering
on the jointer
Flattening wide
boards

Face jointing boards
wider than the jointer

Making cast iron
slippery

Measurement and layout tricks

Measuring holes for
drawer handles
Calipers as
a marking gauge

Spacing spindles
evenly
Marking large arcs Round objects
to mark arcs
Angles for
Splayed miter joints

Gluing and Joinery

Spread glue with
a rubber spatula

Cleaning up
glue squeeze-out

Edge clamping
trick
Getting screws to
hold in end grain

Pocket holes
without a jig

Determine drill size
for screw holes
Drilling oversized
stock with a
small drill press

Slitting dowels Fixing slipping
bar clamps
Inserting
treaded inserts

Mortising on the drill press

Sharpening

Resparpening
drill bits
Chainsaw sharpening
with an angle grinder
Modifying router bits
Sharpening
bandsaw blades

sawblade for cutting
sheet metal roofing
Using more of your
scrollsaw blades
Ron Walter's
Dual grinder mount
Sharpening router bits

Sanding

Avoiding
sanding marks
with a belt sander
Ron Walter's
Circle sanding jig
Dan's
Thickness sander hack

Finishing and varnishing

Scraping varnish
for a smoother finish
Roundovers with
a hand plane
Varnishing
supports
Chamfering edges

More miscelaneous tricks

Cutting dadoes with a handheld circular saw Repairing broken
plastic parts
Ron Walters's
dust extraction
improvmements
Measuring wood
moisture conetnt

with a multimeter
Stiffening a sagging
plywood shelf
Ron Walter's
Floor sweep adapter
Swing arm lamp
extender

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