5 Workshop Hacks: Part 3 – Woodworking Tips and Tricks

5 Workshop Hacks: Part 3 – Woodworking Tips and Tricks

Here are five more Workshop tips and tricks!
Making things easier and safer in the workshop means changing the way we do things like routing extension cords, adapting drill bits, using pegboard for innovative ideas, and more life hacks for magnets!

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Workshop Hacks Part 2: https://youtu.be/qRjg6A_3hIk
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  1. Alexander Wardrope on January 18, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Never use an extension reel or extension cable unless it is unwound completely, only a fool would do what this guy, who should know better, has done. Don’t mess with electrics it can be a invisible killer. Cheers.

  2. Broken Wave on January 18, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    2/5 are useful. Better than nothing.

  3. Valerie Wells on January 18, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Love the overhead cord & the cord wrap idea. Both are new to me.

  4. Remodz on January 18, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Those magnet hooks stick really well on the drywall screws in the ceiling. No need to mount a metal strip to hang your cord. And you can move them around. Super easy to find studs this way in drywall too👍

  5. Karm Esnom on January 18, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    close the eyes on the hooks make the cords captave

  6. Patrick Coombs on January 18, 2022 at 9:23 pm


  7. Jimbo FinJam on January 18, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    For my Book Case Project, I used a Metal Pegboard (Lowes – Bluehawk 56194, 16"x16", 1/4" holes, $9.98.)
    I had to grind off the extension tabs, placed backwards (so it lays flat on the plywood sides) and added a side rail (1×2, to make it square.) A #10 Hinge drill bit centered the holes (on the front and back) and were completed by a 1/4" drill bit (with a lock stop for the depth.)
    Perfect hole spacing and alignment. A cheap and permanent jig addition. Great Tips.

  8. Gary Cooper on January 18, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    The classic way to suspend things from a hung ceiling is with a bent paperclip.

  9. Mike O'. on January 18, 2022 at 9:27 pm

    I… don’t even woodwork. But I’ve been watching all of these… just in case I start.

  10. bilboburgler on January 18, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Leaving the cable wrapped onto a wooden structure will generate too much heat and might over heat.

  11. Nathan Branham on January 18, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    This guy knows his shit

  12. Craig Smith on January 18, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Always like your videos, found it funny that at @2:10 you have few power cords on the floor.

  13. Gurpreet singh Khalsa on January 18, 2022 at 9:30 pm

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  14. G Rock on January 18, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Colin! I was wondering: do you think that a drimel is a tool needed for a woodworker? I always wanted it, but I’m not sure that I would use it very often

  15. Matthew Sherriff - Growing Food on January 18, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    I use an old garden hose reel for my extension cord

  16. Michael R on January 18, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    Fantastic tip on hanging extension cords! It removes the tripping hazard, keeps the workspace orderly and extends the life of the cord as it is no longer being stepped on.

  17. fabioaguiar_fotografia on January 18, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Hi there, I’m from Brazil, I’ve been studying English by myself and watching videos like yours because I’m interesting by tools and tips like you do and I may say thank you for your tips and tricks and thank you for "English lessons" that you give me even without knowing 🙂

  18. Jannie Kirsten on January 18, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    It’s a bad idea to use coiled up cords with high power tools. They heat up much more because the magnetic field of the coil creates higher resistance. Most extension cords would have a warning that they should always be fully extended when used, and not coiled.

  19. MrBill0523 on January 18, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you Colin! Going to make your dovetail tool today [GREAT VIDEO]. Bill

  20. Howard Jacobs on January 18, 2022 at 9:37 pm


  21. A U on January 18, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    Always unroll all the cable. If you don’t, you basically create a coil and the whole thing will heat up, causing your cable to get damaged over time or instantly overheat.

  22. Eddie L on January 18, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Hi Colin
    Your advice for extension cable is wrong, specialy for the people like my self here in Australia, we have 240 volts power network and leaving cable on the reel create inductor and if you connect bigger machine cable can get very hot even melt.
    Best Regard

  23. Larry Walker on January 18, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Has anybody laid lament flooring

  24. veer sharma on January 18, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks and love from india

  25. Sgt Dino on January 18, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    great info Colin

  26. Suvani Inoka on January 18, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you very much Sir
    Simple things but great ideas

  27. Doug Prentice on January 18, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Tip for pegboard: put rivet nuts in some of the holes.

  28. Nev Mayor on January 18, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    Hi Colin.
    I was taught to always fully uncoil an extention cord (cable).
    Any high wattage implement can cause a coiled up extention cord to overheat
    and possibly set fire as was demo’d to me with a 1k theatre lamp left on for
    a period of time. This could just as easily happen with an electric heater.
    Hope this is helpful.

  29. Ivan Leterror on January 18, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Like having both ends of the cord loose. Have to remember that. Looked like in unwrapped easier too.

  30. Andrew Nicoll on January 18, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    On the portable folding workbenches, I use sanded-down dowels from wooden broom handles to fit in the holes. This because I usually don’t have enough of those plastic pegs to hold what item I have on the portable work bench.

  31. richard on January 18, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    unwind all the cord or it will over heat and burn out

  32. Goo DaMan on January 18, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Please remember that if you are using the extension cord with a powerful tool you should unwind in fully. Or the cord can act like a coil and overheat and cause a fire and physical harm etc…

  33. twron123 on January 18, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Not a good idea to run current through coiled up electric cable.

  34. Paul Cicchinelli on January 18, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    If what you’re hanging is too heavy for thr magnetic hooks, you can get sets of clips that actually hook over the t-track – the brand I used to use is called barnacles.

    When a friend of mine did his shop, he did the bottom half with osb and the top half with pegboard all the way around. He can put peg hooks wherever he wants to.

  35. Andrew Bauld on January 18, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Good idea about the extension cords hanging from the ceiling…but go one step further for safety’s sake…use an insulated hook so if the wires get exposed somehow, you won’t fry yourself and your whole workshop.

  36. Joseph E Fasciani on January 18, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    Good morning Colin!

    I just turned 76, I’ve been a professional woodworker since I started at 19 1/2, 56 years ago.

    I started watching yr site 6 months ago; compared to all the others I think yours is probably the single best 1 for anyone starting out.

    I say this as an instructor at BCIT, our best vocational institute. I’ve had 100s of employees over the past 56 years, so I know how difficult it is to mentor someone over a learning process which will take three or more years to be successful.

    I’ll also guess you live in Ontario or Québec, to judge from the passing seasons out of your workshop windows.
    I hope you get a chance to see this comment and know what a very, very good job & work you are doing for people of any age or background skills.

  37. Keko Jones on January 18, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    I really enjoy your channel. Articulate, informative and closeups! I don’t even own a house let alone a shop, but I’m working on it 😌 great video

  38. Robert on January 18, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to share these tips.

  39. billybike57 on January 18, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    As always Colin an awesome posting, I use pegboard and I’ve found that using the right type of hook makes all the difference in the work, for me its that "Talon" hook that I find the best with pegboard.

  40. Col Rodrick on January 18, 2022 at 10:03 pm

    Thanks once again, Colin. Some very cool tips that I will add to my ‘what to do when it’s a rainy day like it is today’ collection. Maybe I can at last impress my wife. We shall see

  41. LBJHJP50 on January 18, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    You should always fully extend extension cords.

  42. hurdygurdyguy1 on January 18, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    1:49 .. plus you now have a huge guitar pickup for your backyard thrash metal barbecues!!!

  43. Jonno 81 on January 18, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Hi Colin
    At 2:36 the large diameter cutting edges look to be ground for anti clockwise rotation! Thanks for the pegboard tips.

  44. MadMonk67 on January 18, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    You’re like a super smart and friendly uncle. Thanks Internet Uncle! Love your videos. They’re fantastic.

  45. Someone from Nowhere on January 18, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Nice man. Good and useful advices. Thanks for the info and greetings from Russia.

  46. Andrew Nicoll on January 18, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    I measure out a string for ie. 6-inch circle or arc with a hole for the pencil. Using a pin or my finger as the centre axis, I draw my arc or circle. It works for me every time.

  47. TrollHD PC on January 18, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    4:33 typically called Vix bits.

  48. Luke 12365698 on January 18, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    If you coil up the wire make sure that it doesn’t get too warm, could burn the wood

  49. theduck on January 18, 2022 at 10:15 pm

    I love using magnets, so many applications. The spade bit modified trick is great, I’ve modified one for rounding the hole by grinding of the spike. Thank you for sharing all the other tips too.

  50. ian mcfadden on January 18, 2022 at 10:17 pm

    that peg board tip was fantastic thx