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Old 01-06-2020, 12:27 PM   #286
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Installing a doorknob takes three hands: one to line up the screw, one to hold the screwdriver, and one to hold the knob. Try putting a strip of painter's tape over the back of the knob. That will give you something to push against while you get the screws started and you won't push the back of the knob off the shaft and onto the floor six times.
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Old 01-06-2020, 01:47 PM   #287
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Look at what you are doing! Sounds easy enough, but when running loud obnoxious power tools its just instinct to slightly turn your head away.

Of course you have your safety glasses on, goes without saying. But they work best when facing directly into the source of whatever is flying around. When you slightly turn your head you start opening up gaps underneath or to the side of the glasses making it easier to catch something in your eye.


Trust your glasses and look directly into the cut zone.
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If someone has already posted this tip, I apologize.

When using paper templates on wood, we often rely on spray adhesive, carpet or some other double-sided tape. Sometimes these can be very difficult to remove after cutting out the part.

Here is an easier method.

Before applying the template, cover the work-piece with painters tape. Now you can use spray adhesive or double-sided tape to apply the template to the painters tape.

Once the cutting is completed, peel off the painters tape which will take the remnants of the template with it. Because of its low tackiness, the painters tape will easily peel right off and leave little if any residue that will need to be cleaned.
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Old 01-08-2020, 07:22 AM   #289
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Jumper wire. Pierce the seal in a tube of caulk. Press the tiny reset button on an electronic gadget. Unlock a bedroom door. Clean the lint out of your phone's charging port. Hold papers together. Unclog a nozzle. A paperclip is a handy tool, but you can never find one when you need it. I keep one on my keychain. With my multi-tool I can even cut it or put a little hook on it. I also carry a safety pin, a little binder clip, and a mini carabiner - but the lowly paperclip is the one I reach for every day.

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Often when you have a specialized drill bit like the ones that come with pocket hole jigs, they do not come with a case or sleeve or the plastic in the enclosed case is so flimsy it falls apart in no time.

A quick sleeve can be made with nothing more than a paper towel or toilet paper tube and some gorilla tape.

Cut a couple of pieces of gorilla tape about an inch long and have them ready. Cut the tube down its length and wrap it around the drill bit. Depending on the size of the bit, you can probably get 2 or three layers around it. Make sure the bit is snug in the tube so the friction retains it and secure it with the two pieces of the tape then wrap the whole tube in a layer of gorilla tape. You can cut the tube to expose about an inch of the shaft of the bit so you have something to grab when pulling it out of the sleeve.

There you go, a cheap, easy effective bit sleeve.
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Old 01-21-2020, 04:22 PM   #291
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When ripping with a table saw it's inviting to watch how well that blade is cutting on that powerful saw we bought, especially if it's new or newly sharpened. That blade is going to do its best whether we watch it cut or not, so with your eyes try concentrating on keeping the material against the rip fence instead to prevent kick back.

I've been guilty of watching the blade cut, have you?
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Often when you have a specialized drill bit like the ones that come with pocket hole jigs, they do not come with a case or sleeve or the plastic in the enclosed case is so flimsy it falls apart in no time.

A quick sleeve can be made with nothing more than a paper towel or toilet paper tube and some gorilla tape.

Cut a couple of pieces of gorilla tape about an inch long and have them ready. Cut the tube down its length and wrap it around the drill bit. Depending on the size of the bit, you can probably get 2 or three layers around it. Make sure the bit is snug in the tube so the friction retains it and secure it with the two pieces of the tape then wrap the whole tube in a layer of gorilla tape. You can cut the tube to expose about an inch of the shaft of the bit so you have something to grab when pulling it out of the sleeve.

There you go, a cheap, easy effective bit sleeve.
Interesting, I buy bits in a clamshell case, and when the last one breaks, I toss the broken bit, keep the clamshell, and use it as a storage holder for those one of a kind bits.

And buy a new kit with all new bits, usually the new kit is here long before the last bit is broken in the old shell.

One can also take a 3" piece of PVC, fill it with 2" pieces of plastic water tubing from the refrigerator hook up, all these little holes act as dividers for the small bits to reside in, use a pipe cap on each end to contain them.

For bigger bits, use a bigger diameter PVC, and get the smallest PVC to fill it with.


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Two fer one.

A tip and what I'm listening to.

When putting down T&G hardwood flooring and the last row of 3/4" plywood subfloor doesn't have it's T&G to keep it stable.
Grab your trusty pocket hole jig and put some screws down the seam every 3-4"

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Here is a tip that will help you get the hang of hand planing while building a workbench top at the same time.

After the glue-up is dry, flip the piece so it is bottom-side up. Set your plane shallow and take a few passes advancing the iron until you begin getting shavings. Now you can experiment with how far you need to extend the iron to get a flat surface.

Since you are doing this on the bottom which no one will see and you will not be using, any mistakes you make will not be seen.

Once you are getting good shavings and a smooth surface and are comfortable with the process, you are ready to flip to the good side.
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If I want shiny copper sheet to look old with patina, I piss on it.
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Remind me to never have any copper work done by Old Thomas.
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Remind me to never have any copper work done by Old Thomas.
Now that's a good tip!
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Next time you need 3" bolt-on swivel casters, before going to the big box stores and plunking down $8-$11 per caster, head over to Harbor Freight (if you have one nearby) and buy one of their 1000 Lb. capacity hardwood dolly for $11. For that price you get four 3-inch swivel casters.

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Next time you need 3" bolt-on swivel casters, before going to the big box stores and plunking down $8-$11 per caster, head over to Harbor Freight (if you have one nearby) and buy one of their 1000 Lb. capacity hardwood dolly for $11. For that price you get four 3-inch swivel casters.

Just shop e-bay, you can get the same quality as HF has, for even less $.


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Just shop e-bay, you can get the same quality as HF has, for even less $.


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