5 Quick Woodworking Tips from Subscribers! (#37)

5 Quick Woodworking Tips from Subscribers! (#37)

Some new and modified workshop ideas in this episode include some reminders like using bench plane shavings to help widen a loose tenon, and for wood screws and other items, displaying them on a white background on the outside of your jar, is easy to do and a super useful for something we use so often, and struggling with packing tape is a thing of the past if you use zip ties or something similar to hold them with, another quick easy tip that most of us can use right away in our workshop, and with woodworking safety in mind, Tom suggest a plastic stop on his table saw push stick which is a quick and easy way of making or repairing this safety tool, and who would have thought of using a dowel finder for finding the center of your wood router when making a new base, another brilliant woodworking idea and some great workshop skills.

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  1. MC's Creations on January 10, 2023 at 2:37 am

    Great tips, Colin! Thanks! πŸ˜ƒ
    Stay safe there with your family! πŸ––πŸ˜Š

  2. Rta373 on January 10, 2023 at 2:38 am

    On the screw jar label I would add the type/size of the screw head. I.e. T15, T25, square head(Robertson-for you picky Canadians) etc.

  3. A Aarrakis on January 10, 2023 at 2:42 am

    Thanks! What about push sticks for a router table? Would they have the same shape?

  4. Barry Ford on January 10, 2023 at 2:42 am

    I’ve never seen that bead all before, but I could certainly find uses for it.

  5. Eliot H.G.W on January 10, 2023 at 2:47 am

    If you use a small pointed tool on a zip tie you can release them by lifting the latching tab up.

  6. Anthony Audain on January 10, 2023 at 2:49 am

    Great idea πŸ’‘ πŸ‘ πŸ‘

  7. Mad4400 on January 10, 2023 at 2:51 am

    Must have been a slow tip week.

  8. FlyingWind on January 10, 2023 at 2:53 am

    Nice tips! Thanks for sharing

  9. Steve J on January 10, 2023 at 3:01 am

    hi Colin! Thank you for all of the good information. I am wondering, what is your storage system for nails and screws, etc.?

  10. ras1500 on January 10, 2023 at 3:03 am

    If using the zip tie on the packing tape; instead of folding the tape end after the cut, position the zip-tie under the cut flap so that you can find the end the next time.

  11. TheSweetOne on January 10, 2023 at 3:03 am

    Tuck tape is also called sheeting tape. If you look closely on tuke tape it says: Canadian technical tape. Just don’t tear it with your lips, it will tear your skin off.

  12. πŸ’° Make $750 Per Day on January 10, 2023 at 3:07 am

    "If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it-teach yourself to be impatient." -Gurbaksh Chahal

  13. Wander's Workshop on January 10, 2023 at 3:08 am

    On the zip tie on the packing tape… you can cut the ens to a point and use the point to puncture the tape to tear it.

  14. Richard Maryman on January 10, 2023 at 3:08 am

    regarding screw storage, (one of the "benefits" of being older) I save the prescription bottles to store screws. I make labels on the computer and use 2" clear packing tape to hold the label on the bottles. this takes up less shelf space than jars. you can buy empty pill bottles from most pharmacy they are available in many sizes.

  15. Erick Danielsson on January 10, 2023 at 3:13 am

    Happy New Year Colin, Happy to see you are doing well. Please keep the tips coming!

  16. Bamsebrum Bamsebrumen on January 10, 2023 at 3:14 am

    Nice tricks, but why not just make it a little longer and glue on the β€˜heel’ to the push stick. When too banged up you just cut it off and glue on a new piece.🀨

  17. Mike Currie on January 10, 2023 at 3:16 am

    You can easily open a regular zip tie by catching the locking tag with your thumb nail and easing it back to release the tip.

  18. Marilyn Moore on January 10, 2023 at 3:16 am

    Hi Colin, my husband uses pill bottles to hold screws,nuts, bolts, small nails etc. He puts the tags that tell the size of these inside the bottle also, I make the labels to go on the bottles, he also uses the tall pill bottles to hold his scroll saw blades

  19. stevem268 on January 10, 2023 at 3:18 am

    i would be very gentle when tightening a dowel point in a router collet. router collets are designed to hold a relatively long shaft and are otherwise easily deformed rendering them useless. finger tight only!

  20. sentpacking on January 10, 2023 at 3:19 am

    The best of 2023 to you Colin.

  21. Data Roman on January 10, 2023 at 3:20 am

    Mister, you are Candian, why you still use Imperials mesurement? Canada is metric or I am wrong?

  22. Acer Juglans on January 10, 2023 at 3:20 am

    Push sticks are sacrificial items, better to cut through them than your fingers, and I would caution people to not use screws or nails in their sticks. Its not fine furniture, its something meant to be used next to, or right over a blade.

  23. O T on January 10, 2023 at 3:24 am

    Jack, Jill and Stanley lived happily ever after. Fatima, Ismael and Gotunbi suffered forever.

  24. Randy Cosgrove on January 10, 2023 at 3:27 am

    I use a table saw push block similar in style to yours. It’s made from 3/4" material with a 1/4" hook. That hook gets chewed up from time to time and even the sole of the push stick gets scored with shallow cuts from time to time.
    Instead of making a new push stick I cut the bottom off on my band saw so it’s flush and glue on a new base with a new hook. When I get a suitable scrap of either 3/4" ply or solid wood I make up a bunch of them.
    I have two push sticks so when one is waiting for the glue to dry I use the other one.
    I find this a quick and simple way to always have a fresh push stick with a good base.

  25. Relativt D on January 10, 2023 at 3:28 am

    Its amazing how much plastic is used in Woodworking nowadays.

  26. Arthur Griffin on January 10, 2023 at 3:28 am

    Thank you enjoyable demonstration

  27. Dave Knecht on January 10, 2023 at 3:30 am

    I am not a fan of using glass jars for storage of screws, nuts, etc. I used to use them and had more than 1 occasion when the jar accidentally fell and shattered into a thousand pieces on the lfoor. Picking out all the screws amongst the glass was annoying!

  28. Lew Davis on January 10, 2023 at 3:32 am

    To store different rolls of tape, rather than putting them on a dowel or line, which requires removing some rolls to access the desired roll, I installed a 6” shelf just off-level enough so that the tape rolls towards the wall. I can now store them side by side.

  29. Gareth Lewis on January 10, 2023 at 3:35 am

    Great tips and I will make use of all of them. Many thanks. I enjoy your channel.

  30. Bill J on January 10, 2023 at 3:36 am

    Ive read that you can make a release tool for normal zip ties by taking a narrow piece of thin metal and sharpening it. You stick it into the zip tie to depress the little finger and then they will come apart.

    For tape holding- we’re all familiar with the dispensers for narrow tape that sit on your desk, I think I’ve seen that type thing for wider packing tape. If you couldn’t find that it would be relatively easy to make one that works for the wider tape. Fasten it to a wall or table and it would be easily operated with one hand.