7 Woodworking Tips & Tricks You Really Should Know | Evening Woodworker

7 Woodworking Tips & Tricks You Really Should Know | Evening Woodworker

Here are 7 woodworking tips, tricks, and hacks that I use regularly in my shop to get things done faster and more efficiently. If you’re cutting tapers, duplicating curved shapes, or trying to eliminate tearout, this video will give you some great tips that you can use in your woodworking.

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I have a passion for building things out of wood and all things woodworking. I am always looking for new projects that look fun and challenging. My woodworking inspiration comes from my kids, my wife, and the forests around my house. I consider myself a serious hobbyist and I hope you can learn something and get inspired from the projects and mistakes that I make. I will also show you how I organize and work in my small shop in 1 bay of my garage. I will share videos of my past, current, and future woodworking projects with the goal of getting you out in the shop making sawdust!

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  1. DrXtreme on May 6, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    I’ve worked in 100’s of different fields but never woodworking because it is my "Happy" place, my place I go just for me and to leave the world behind…I started in High School in 1971 and never stopped. In fact I earned my carpenters journeyman card in 1974 when I was a senior in school – but I digress. I have to tell you, I have watched a lot of videos about tricks and tips and found both your presence and your topic just awesome. Great job good sir — Great job!! and Thanks for sharing those little things that make woodworking our passion and "Happy Place" Cheers and God Bless….

  2. After Hours Mobile Notary LLC on May 6, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    This is great. Do you have a workshop set up video?

  3. Sheri Karanasos on May 6, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Oh I love the bucket one! I am having my grandkids help me build a wishing well for their mom for Mother’s Day. This will be perfect!

  4. Bruno De Luise on May 6, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    I really liked the idea to keep the tape measure "connected" Thank You 🙂

  5. Mark MacMullen on May 6, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    When I need to hold two boards together instead of using double-sided tape or to hold a board on top of a table so that I can cut it instead of using double-sided tape what I do now is I put blue tape on each thing and then I put CA glue between them hold it down spray it with the activator and then it holds it down perfectly and then when you’re ready to separate the two items you just pull it up throw the tape in the in the trash.

  6. Paul Frederick on May 6, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    My tip: You can have all the tools in the world but it takes wood in order to do woodworking. So buy some wood now and again.

  7. Dave Hernandez on May 6, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    The tapering jig blew my mind. Thank you thank you.

  8. dan burby on May 6, 2022 at 6:57 pm


  9. 45-Again on May 6, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Great tips! Also, that’s a kule wall system behind you there..

  10. James Crane on May 6, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    A tip from Canada. Ok you Americans have changed the square screw driver game. We call them Robbie’s. You numbered them all wrong, but that’s ok. This Is the trick. There’s 4 different size Robbie’s. Largest Is black then red then green then yellow. So all those screw drivers In a bag gets confusing. Answer, I tape the screw drivers between the tip and the handle. Biggest black tape then red after goes green and the smallest Is yellow. And for the prince Philips I use blue masking tape. It makes organizing and picking up what screw driver you need really fast. Really works.

  11. Michael Bradford on May 6, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    Has never built a sled and owns a SawStop ….not envious and no animosity, I just find that to be very strange ?

  12. Alan Brown on May 6, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Great idea @ 6:52 but not if your naked apart from the tool belt…! LOL Phone the Doctor please I have an embarrassing injury…. Great tips, well produced and put over. thanks

  13. toOnybrain on May 6, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    Really good stuff. Thank you.

  14. MrCarter'sRods on May 6, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    @6:55 unless you do your work in the buff.

  15. David Olson on May 6, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    I sincerely enjoyed every tip in your video. And very much appreciated how you get to the point of something concisely and quickly. Thank you.

  16. Charles Hess on May 6, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    They used to cal that masking tape.

  17. Thomas Laman on May 6, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    "Wrong" on letting your tape snap back. It elongates your 90 Degree tip a bit each time it snaps back. It will not measure accurately by a lot by as much as 3/4′ in 10 ft. especially on laying out studs, 4/8 plywood will not line up.

  18. Donald Shimkus on May 6, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Many years ago I used a Stanley 12′ x 1/2" wide left-hand tape measure. I’m right-handed but put the tape on my left pocket. I could pull it out with my left hand, reach over to the right end of the board, hook it, pull it left and mark with my right hand. Simple. And fast. Once I let the tape fly back and it whipped around through the spinning blade on my radial arm saw. Time for a new tape. I used to buy replacement tapes and keep using the same case, but apparently they don’t make replacement tapes anymore. Or left-hand measuring tapes for that matter. 🤬

  19. Peter on May 6, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Iam old retired now and want to learn ty

  20. krazzy granny on May 6, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    don’t let the end of your tape measure slam on the return over time it will wear that rivet out and effect your measurement

  21. biggus bestus on May 6, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    You have not been wood working long enough young man. After several decades you will find the 15 measuring tapes you own. Then put one at each work station one in your truck and hang one from the shop ceiling …problem solved.

  22. jim throne on May 6, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    I use blue tape for clamping and gluing mitered corners in picture frames. And be careful using the last tip. You might get wiplash cut from the edge of the blade as it retracts or snagged on the clip at the end.

  23. Danny Comsa on May 6, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Tape Measure Trick – Not a good idea as the "slam back" eventually (quickly) elongates the holes and it is no longer accurate – and you don’t notice the difference in length (as long as you keep using the exact same tape measurer to measure everything no big deal, if you don’t, you will have different lengths).

    Best Idea is to bend the spring out so it is not so strong when clamped on. If too much, vise it back some.

  24. 2219ni on May 6, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Letting tape snap back as shown is an excellent way to have the end snap off

  25. Cleveland explorer on May 6, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    That has blown my mind haha, I’m pleasantly surprised the tape measure doesn’t snap dangerously when retracting. We’ve all done it as a kid, getting daddy’s tape measure and plonking it back or seeing how far, not knowing it says on there or not caring but seeing it fly agressively back :’) I’ll definitely try keeping it on, aye thanks bud

  26. Dhplap on May 6, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Thanks man. Good video!

  27. ouagadougou62 on May 6, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Great tips, why blue tape? Seems orange would work the same. But the tape measuring left on the belt looks so half assed and lazy. It’s nothing to take it out and put it back.

  28. Lucy Scott Walker on May 6, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Brilliant! That first tip for cutting tapers, so simple yet earth shattering. I’ve got a couple homemade jigs for cutting tapers and they are unwieldy and pretty much guess work getting the angles. This is a much, much better idea. Thanks for that and all the tips.

  29. Eloine Chapman on May 6, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    OMG! The tape measure trick is brilliant!

  30. JUNE DYKES on May 6, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Awesome advice for a rookie like me! Thanks

  31. relentlessmadman on May 6, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    here’s a tip,If you keep letting your tape measure snap back like you show in the video, soon you are going to be on your way to the hardware store, to replace it because the end will break off!

  32. Knight Fox on May 6, 2022 at 7:27 pm


  33. Mazen Alfar on May 6, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    مبدع 👍👍👍🌹❤️

  34. Tioga Fretworks on May 6, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    No crosscut sled? You’re a carpenter not a woodworker LOL. After your table saw it’s the most important tool in the shop.

  35. edmcwv on May 6, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    How to remove a bow in board??

  36. Gravy on May 6, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Before I worked with my carpenter dad I used to think building trades were easy, how wrong I was and you can go to college/university but nothing teaches you better than working with someone with experience, some great tips in this video

  37. Rick Schuman on May 6, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    So, in tricks 1 and 2, the gap from piling up blue tape when wrapping around the work doesn’t have an effect on the edge straightness? Hmmm?

  38. Greg James on May 6, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    You invited comments, so here’s mine. When using pva (white wood glue) most people wipe off the excess. But because pva shrinks as it dries. As it shrinks air is drawn in to the joint, resulting in a honeycomb effect that can be seen when the joint is broken, weakening the joint considerably. I make sure there is excess glue along the whole joint, which gets sucked into the joint as it dries, resulting in a much stronger joint. Please try it. If you use white glue, not titebond yellow. White glue doesn’t stain the wood, and chisels of easily. Don’t sand the glue.

  39. Александра Лебедева on May 6, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    Excellent tips and tricks well presented.
    And great to see another blue tape disciple! I always have a roll in my tool bag 👍 it’s like the long nose pliers or the pry bar – infinitely useful.

  40. William Bravo on May 6, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    That last one on retractable tape measures is lame. Newer longer tapes don’t bend easily.
    Edit: this, on reflection, was needlessly terse. I thoroughly enjoyed the video and _most_ 😆 of the comments.

  41. Matthew Comba on May 6, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    I’m in love. Wow thank you so much.

  42. mickelion619 on May 6, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    I’ve been doing trim work and carpentry for 20 years and i love what I do and make a good living of it

  43. Aoc Curly on May 6, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Be careful when it comes flying back and you’ll pull the tip of the tape

  44. Tony Oveka on May 6, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    About the tape loosing accuracy after repeated "snap-backs:, the guy that does "woodworking for mere mortals" Steve Ramsey did this 10,000 times(if I remember correctly) with no loss of accuracy until the tape broke(under the 10000 mark, but not much. He has a video out there but I could not find it!

  45. BillsBusinessSupply on May 6, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Green Tape is the same only far Superior 3M only

  46. R. Mercado on May 6, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Outstanding! Semper Fi

  47. nohabs on May 6, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    Excellent tips…thank you

  48. Mark Jess on May 6, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Awesome tips, but please stop letting your tape snap back in….cringe

  49. Fierce Active on May 6, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    charlie puth?

  50. David Duffy on May 6, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    I invented the trick you used for cutting the taper. If you’d like any help I’d be happy to offer the advice, my hourly rate is ver conservative