6 Quick Woodworking Tips and Tricks – Episode 12

6 Quick Woodworking Tips and Tricks – Episode 12

Thanks to all my Subscribers who send in their woodworking tips and tricks, we all appreciate them, and here are 6 more great ideas that you can make your workbench handier, and save some workshop footsteps along the way; keep your anti-fatigue mat in place, remove glue from tight spots, never lose your dust collector remote control switch, measure curves accurately and push your clamps instead of pulling them. Some great hacks for your woodworking tools.

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  1. Michelle Muromachi on March 29, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    You hadn’t mentioned a 1/4 " tape rule works great for radius measuring also. I also keep a 5 gallon bucket with 2 or 3 inches of water under my bench. Its easy to rinse and hang my rag on the rim.

  2. Ray Hawk on March 29, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Tubers gotta feel nuts with their "mouth wide open" thumbnails. I just can’t picture Colin actually doing that…… without laughing. Thx for the vids tho. Good job as always sir.👍

  3. MySickstring on March 29, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Hey Colin, those IRWIN clamps do reverse, you have to knock out the little roll pin, and then you can clamp or spread with them.

  4. Dev Chang on March 29, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    There’s anti-slip mats that’s designed to go under rugs to prevent them from sliding around from where you place them. Might wanna check it out as an option.

  5. Ehud Gavron on March 29, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Good stuff, Colin! As for rotating the clamp around, that’s clunky. Easier to use two clamps. Attach one to the upright below the legs, then clamp it (the clamp) to the legs. If you’re really bored, make a jig that is 4 sides of wood pieces that fit around the upright, clamp it in place, and then clamp between it and the legs.
    There’s a HUGE difference between pull-force where it’s all transmitted to the joint, and push-force, where it’s shared 50/50 between the joint and the brace (the ceiling). If you want to do 50% of something, I suggest roulette.

  6. Nice Feller on March 29, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    I have a tip for spacing screws or fasteners on a board without using a tape measure or using math. I used this method for years to space rivets in aluminum sheet. Purchase a couple feet of 1/2" wide elastic from a fabric store and accurately mark evenly spaced graduations throughout the length. To use, just clamp one end of the elastic to your board edge and stretch the elastic to your desired spacing, secure and transfer the even spacing to your piece. No need for a tape measure. Easy.

  7. Mark Bryan on March 29, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Went to Mag tools to buy the feather board. 15% off = $8 savings. That is good. But they wanted $16 to ship it. No thanks.

  8. FREXIT FREXIT VITE on March 29, 2022 at 6:26 pm

    Merci Colin pour toutes ces astuces bien pratiques 🙂

  9. Subramaniam Chandrasekar on March 29, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    Cloth measuring tapes from china have different inches scale, slightly longer than imperial inch. Beware

  10. Stella Belikiewicz on March 29, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    I feel like your affiliation with the mag tools folks is kind of a match made in heaven! In my mental picture of how this came about, they were watching your videos, saw how you can solve ANY problem using magnets, and emailed you saying, “You know, Colin, we think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship…”

  11. Nicholas Tinling on March 29, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Colin, please turn up your sound (if you can).

  12. Beim Bastler on March 29, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    These are really good ideas. I can use that right away.
    BR Helmut (BeimBastler)

  13. The Grey Outdoors on March 29, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Re: Mats on floors. I have a painted concrete floor that I don’t want to glue mats to so I Squeeze out some silicone strips , smooth them out then let them dry. Your body weight is enough to keep them from slipping even if you push on them. Easy to move also if you can’t afford a loot of the mats

  14. pete Ty. on March 29, 2022 at 6:32 pm


  15. Richard Sell on March 29, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for the Flash code, I have been waiting for someone to throw one up so I could get my feather boards. Oh and thanks for the tips too.

  16. Stuart Jones on March 29, 2022 at 6:36 pm

    I used to keep my fob on my belt but I kept turning it on when I’d lean against the workbench, etc. So, O started keeping it in my top pocket as your viewer suggested. Better, but I still get some accidental bumps. Gonna try my apron grommet next. Should be out of the way enough.

  17. John Thompson on March 29, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    The tape is good idea for circles.If I have to measure somthing with multiple curves, I tape it with masking tape or duct tape and then remove it and measure it

  18. bob benzuly on March 29, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    To always keep my dust collection remote switch with me, I use an inexpensive carabiner (spring link). They’re just a couple of dollars. I slip the carabiner through a belt loop. It’s always at finger-tip reach and never need to remember "where did I put it?"

  19. kevin ohara on March 29, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Those earth magnets are fantastic I put them in a small towel and put it around the wifes faces the magnets lock onto her fillings its amazing how much quieter she is now lol

  20. Carsten Langrock on March 29, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    I am sure those MagTools are nice, but even if they’d be 50% off they’d still be overpriced. We used to have those kinds of switches in our optics labs before companies started selling optics tables with pre-drilled holes. I am sure the switches we used weren’t $100 a piece, LO;-).

  21. Jim Skaggs on March 29, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    I use a straw to clean the excess glue. It does not cause glue to spread. You pinch the straw at one end and it makes a nice 45 degree angle for picking up the glue. then cut the straw for the next time.

  22. Anthony middlesex on March 29, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    hi Collin your videos are good im in London uk keep it up

  23. That Ellipsis Guy on March 29, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    3:40 that’s what pi is for…

  24. John Gomez on March 29, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    Haven’t need to use the push clamp method but tips like these come very handy when you find your self in a little speed bump lol great tips 👍

  25. Art Snellbaker on March 29, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    I’m late to the video but I have a suggestion concerning the dust collector remote switch. When entering the house from the garage I routinely take my car keys (which are on a small carabiner) and place them on a hook near the garage door. The carabineer, with the car key attached, lives on a belt loop when I’m in the car and can easily be taken on and off. If you were to place the dusk collection remote on a similar carabineer you could place it on a hook near the shop door. Once you enter the shop, place the "beener" on a belt loop and it will be in easy reach at all times. When leaving the shop just take it off and out it back on the hook.

  26. Steven Craik on March 29, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    I love these excellent tip videos and I can’t get enough of them! I will be using the toothbrush method for sanding in corners.

  27. K McD on March 29, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    For the mats, a little spray adhesive to keep them together helps a lot. Also, you can buy rolls of the no-slip foamy weave stuff for a buck or 2. You can either glue strips or cover the whole bottom with the no-slip. Note, test the glue on your material. I’ve seen some propellents cause reactions.

    The cloth tape measures also come in roll-ups like the metal tape measures. Look in the fabric section.

    Apparently, some companies treat their pallets with insecticide. There is usually some kind of distinct marking.

  28. evadvalcourt on March 29, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    I don’t even own woodworking tools but I love your videos !

  29. Spencer Barboza on March 29, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing, regards from Costa Rica…

  30. the250mikec on March 29, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Wood work web and the red cross!
    Lets you know how awesome your place in society is. You rock man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks for letting us share and get better together!

  31. My pronoun is Sir on March 29, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    I cringe every time I hear someone say they built this child furniture or toys from pallet wood because of chemicals that get split on them.

  32. hiddentreasureseeker on March 29, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Fabric stores have retractable cloth measuring tapes as low as $.99. I’ve got about eight rolling around the house in strategic places.

  33. Jack Bethell on March 29, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    For measuring curves just lay a cord along/around it then measure the cord. No need to buy a cloth tape.

  34. Erik The Viking on March 29, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    For measuring curves, just get the measuring tapes you can find in any fabric store. They have a variety of choices.

  35. Paul Mood on March 29, 2022 at 7:03 pm

    Circumference =2 x Pi x radius

  36. Bradley Gallagher on March 29, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    You’ll find all the inspiration you need on Woodglut.

  37. Alex Wirz on March 29, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    The toothbrush for corners is money!

  38. dwp1970 on March 29, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Great idea with the attached glue-up rags. I can’t believe I never saw this tip before. Thank you.

  39. Heart Born Treasures on March 29, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Colin, a friend uses blue painters tape for curves. He places the tape on the curve extending out past the ends a bit, ideally lining it up with an edge to keep it straight, cut the ends off to be exact. He then removes the tape and places it on the material he has to cut for an exact measurement. Just be careful not to stretch the tape in the process.

  40. Roy Page on March 29, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    For measuring in the shop around curves FastCap flatback tapes work great. Not terribly expensive.

  41. Doug Sundseth on March 29, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Great tips. A couple of comments:

    For anti-slip, I think I’d use rubber cement instead. Let it dry all the way and it should increase the friction on most surfaces without leaving residue.

    For a remote, the neck-strap or belt-clip retractable badge holders (or ‘badge reels’) used at facilities where you have to have ID all the time should work fine. They’re designed to be breakaway, so you shouldn’t have much of a safety issue issue, they’re pretty easy to find, and they’re inexpensive.

  42. taz man on March 29, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Are you sleepy use the caulking angles that you can get when you try to smooth out coking the angles on there that’s what I use and then I wait till a dries on the rubber piece and then I peel it off

  43. Mike M. on March 29, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    where can I get the eraser you us on the sanding belts? i live in Edgewater Maryland and can’t find anyone who knows anything about them.

  44. Patrick Patterson on March 29, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    For the slipping mats I put foam mesh draw/shelf liner material under the mat. Also works great under rug runners and etc that are in the house. It won’t stick to or mar the flooring surface.

  45. OneEyedPhotographer on March 29, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    1:00 is that better than on your waist?

  46. C Note on March 29, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Use Carpet Tape for the anti fatigue mats

  47. Rei dos Bancos on March 29, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Great videos, whenever I need inspiration I always come to your channel

  48. divchief07ut on March 29, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Add a fob, maybe a piece of plywood, old gift card,etc. to stick in your pocket and let the remote hang out.

  49. Studio 940 on March 29, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    I have my remote on a lanyard, works ok for me

  50. Anthony Audain on March 29, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Wonderful 👏