5 Cool Woodworking Tips You'll Want To Know!

5 Cool Woodworking Tips You'll Want To Know!

Woodworking is filled with tips, tricks, and new ideas and nobody can remember all of them, but what we can do is help train our brain to work out new ways of doing old and repetitive tasks and making them more accurate and easier as we go, like rounding corners on table tops by using a compass, and how do your find the pivot point? and what about drilling into end grain dowels, a quick easy shop made clamping jig; tape measure use, probably the most used tool in the workshop, how can we improve on them, well-masking tape is the answer!! and ever tried to make your own thumb screws or thumb bolts, for quick and easy use, now with hot melt glue, you can easily make some DIY versions that work exceedingly well for use on woodworking jigs and clamping devices. In this video, I give you some great clamping tips and drill press tips!

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  1. DB on December 17, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Hey hey from iowaaaaay!
    So really right hand tapes are left hand tapes and left hand tapes are right hand tapes. Now I have to replace all my tapes so I don’t have to keep switching hands!
    For your thumb screws go to the craft dept at your big box store and pick up the kids sun catcher melt craft, dump them in a paper form and heat ‘‘em up?

  2. Darin on December 17, 2022 at 12:54 am


  3. 9mm2013 on December 17, 2022 at 12:54 am

    If you have that problem, get a Lefty Righty tape measure.

  4. Magic World by Jörg on December 17, 2022 at 12:55 am

    ,a cool video keep up the great content.. Thank you……

  5. Anthony Audain on December 17, 2022 at 12:57 am

    Never too old to learn something new as long there is life there is always option to learn something thanks to you great idea

  6. Brown Thumbs Allotment on December 17, 2022 at 1:01 am

    Try adding an appropriately sized washer under the head ot the home made thumb screw for a flat base as well.

  7. Tail End Customs on December 17, 2022 at 1:01 am

    Lol had no idea they made left hand tape. Nice

  8. Anthony Audain on December 17, 2022 at 1:04 am

    You are awesome great idea 💡

  9. Doug Reid on December 17, 2022 at 1:04 am

    As always a great video. That hot glue thumb screw tip is genius. I have a missing thumb screw on my vintage table saw that I have been unsuccessful at finding a replacement for. I’m definitely going to try the hot glue trick. I don’t know how durable the glue will be but it is worth a try.

  10. drodver on December 17, 2022 at 1:05 am

    Making knobs- simple to make wooden ones. Drill a through hole for the shaft then drill a recess for the bolt head. Make the recess the width of the bolt head when measuring from a flat to the other flat, so the recess will be smaller than the bolt head tip-to-tip measurement. Put the bolt through the knob and hammer it down. The tips of the bolt head should crush the wood fibers and lock the head in place. If it’s all sized to be tight that will be enough to secure it. You can make the knob any shape you like on the bandsaw

  11. OneEyedPhotographer on December 17, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Use dowels to make those big-headed screws.
    Use that dowel-drilling trick to drill centred holes in the dowels.
    Slice on bandsaw.
    Use the hotmelt glue trick to fill the hole. Epoxy would work too.
    Paint (or not) to taste.

  12. Tail End Customs on December 17, 2022 at 1:06 am

    You can also use a lil epoxy for the knob and just use some minwax or mold release on the wrench.

  13. Tim Turner on December 17, 2022 at 1:06 am

    Thank you sir wonderful tips.

  14. LordHog on December 17, 2022 at 1:07 am

    I am a big fan of the FastCap Lefty/Righty tap measures. If one could love a tap measure this would be it

  15. MC's Creations on December 17, 2022 at 1:09 am

    Thanks for all the tips, Colin! 😊
    Stay safe there with your family! 🖖😊

  16. Hans de Groot on December 17, 2022 at 1:09 am

    Sometimes it’s good to be left-handed. I’ve never had a problem measuring incorrectly with the classic right handed tape-measure.

  17. Mark Barron on December 17, 2022 at 1:10 am

    Great tips Colin. As a leftie (or cuddywiffter as we call them in the ME England!) the tape measure is one of the tools that makes it easy for me.

  18. Michael barnes on December 17, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Single fluted Countersink bits are the best. Smooth and straight holes every time.

  19. Layne In Chains on December 17, 2022 at 1:12 am

    Some times you have to know when to just let it go… unfortunately

  20. Gary Pillischafske on December 17, 2022 at 1:12 am

    O my gosh! I have done that tape mistake so many times! Didn’t know they even made left hand tapes! Thanks!!!

  21. Hans de Groot on December 17, 2022 at 1:15 am

    Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Hal Songer on December 17, 2022 at 1:18 am

    Fastcap makes a tape measure that is left- and right-handed (numbers are printed both ways). It also has an erasable writing surface on it for making notes of measurements, and also has a built-in pencil sharpener. It is very reasonably priced as well. I’ve been using one for years and it’s the one I keep in my apron pocket.

  23. Bruce Lee on December 17, 2022 at 1:21 am

    Dowel holding jig: Don’t just stop the straight cutout at the round hole, continue it past the hole an inch (25mm) or so, it will make it a bit easier to get the jig to clamp down. You could also put several different, common hole sizes along the straight cut so you don’t need to search for the right jig or make a new one each time.

  24. Brian Johnson on December 17, 2022 at 1:25 am

    A tape measure is made for measuring not for marking. And we generally measure from left to right, the same as writing.

  25. Greg Gordon on December 17, 2022 at 1:25 am

    I had no idea about the left handed tapes. I’ve had the same troubles with marking wrong and always wondered why. Now I know why and how to fix it! lol Thanks

  26. Mike Carrington on December 17, 2022 at 1:27 am

    I’d never thought about left- and right-handed tape measures. Mine turns out to be the wrong way round; I’m now going to have to find a replacement to fix a problem I didn’t know I had!

  27. Ventsislav Radev on December 17, 2022 at 1:28 am

    Great episode

  28. Fierceflyer55 on December 17, 2022 at 1:28 am

    To release hot melt glue use a few drops of denatured alcohol

  29. MAW74656 on December 17, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Any guidance on when to try the "drilling backwards" thing? Like under which circumstances that might help?

  30. OneEyedPhotographer on December 17, 2022 at 1:41 am

    Improved dowel holder: slot in the opposite direction. You pinch the dowel, like using pliers. You may need to reinforce the other side with a screw.

  31. Marilyn Moore on December 17, 2022 at 1:43 am

    Great video, I like the left hand tape measure, my husband uses bottle caps on screw clamps to keep from maring the wood

  32. herbsu43 on December 17, 2022 at 1:43 am

    Can ypu reverse your drill press?

  33. Billy Markwell on December 17, 2022 at 1:44 am

    I love the old measure twice cut once…….but I’m a measure ten times and still screw it up……lol….love your videos….

  34. Laurence Coad on December 17, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Great video Collin, the thumb screw idea is great I do the same sort of thing using soda bottle caps the work really well as a hold down knob ….

  35. Bob Eckert on December 17, 2022 at 1:47 am

    What is the red compass tool? Where did you buy it? Love your videos!