Tips and Tricks Every Woodworker Should Know – Vol. 2

Tips and Tricks Every Woodworker Should Know – Vol. 2

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In this video we cover 4 woodworking tips which were submitted by viewers like you. The tips include a trick for getting perfectly flat panel glue-ups, how to rip a board with crooked edge safely on a table saw, how to find the centers of boards and evenly divide them into sections, and how to precisely measure an inside dimension.

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Submit your woodworking tip by emailing it to us at

Here’s what to include:
1. In the subject line of your email, include a short description of tip (example: “How To Chop an Onion w/out crying” )

2. In the body of your email, include a detailed description of your tip. If you have pictures or video, all the better. Anything that will help us to better understand your tip is appreciated. Don’t worry about high production on this stuff. We’ll take care of that.

3. Where you’d like to be credited. Your Instagram Handle, your YouTube Channel, just your name…or even anonymous. Just let us know.

Thank you to those who submitted tips for this episode

Flat Panels – Chris and Shaun from Foureyes Woodworking on YouTube.
Ripping Crooked Edges – Ivar Husa
Find Centers – Brandon Mueller –
Inside Measurements – Bill Parrish


  1. joe phillips on February 21, 2022 at 10:49 pm


  2. Ian Rickey on February 21, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Love these two guys, they encourage me that maybe I could make something nice with my starter set of battery woodworking tools. I wish they had a “weekend woodworker” set of projects for the basic things people like me regularly need. Small table for the wife’s hydroponic basil and herbs? Outdoor table for the pizza oven or smoker? Hanging reconfigurable shelves in my office or work room? Charging station for the 4,000 pieces of electronics that get tucked into bed every night? Repairing that bar height chair leg the wife’s been, umm, reminding you to do? Monitor stand to lift that cray-cray awesome 36” mega-wide computer monitor with the ginormous feet that are curved and too long for any commercially made stand? And how do I finish all this stuff appropriately for real life use and not an art museum? The list is endless, but having examples of the basics and how to do them better with the right tool/jig/thingamabobby would be all kinds of awesome. Put me in coach(es), I’m ready to throw strikes.

  3. The_khan on February 21, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    i keep a 4x4inch piece of ply handy for measuring interiors similar to that last tip

  4. Fulla Blarney on February 21, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    Look up the idea of an "L" fence.

  5. OMM on February 21, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Great information guys! But, I think safety is foremost. You should be using and showing demonstration using the overhead guard.

  6. pinnaclemans99 on February 21, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    I have been using Egyptian measuring sticks for many years. I have three different sizes (5 inch sticks, 10 inch sticks and 20 inch sticks). THese allow me to measure anything with extreme accuracy from 5.1 inches to 39 inches. I use rubber bands to hold the sticks in the proper alignment after I measure. I find it more convenient that using clamps.

  7. Dallas Arnold on February 21, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    Inside measurements, just use an old fashion carpenters folding rule. You know the kind that they make the pocket for on carpenter’s pants.

  8. Sam Ponette on February 21, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    For inside dimensions: if you lack storysticks and another ruler, just measure an easy distance from on side, put down a pencil line (on a piece of tape if the surface is fragile/finished), let’s say 10 centimeter. Then measure from the other side and add up both dimensions. When using an easy length, the sum is also easy.

  9. Tom Full on February 21, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    ..or converting to metric. Then the math is a non problem! But then again, why make things simple…….? 🤣

  10. Clark Little on February 21, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    I’ve got an awesome tip for you guys. When edge gluing boards after smearing glue on both surfaces add one grain of silica sand about a third of the way in from each end. This will act as pins and keep the boards from sliding as you clamp them.

  11. Crazy Jacobins on February 21, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Anybody have any tips on squaring up 4 X 4 or greater without a jointer.

  12. The Color Red on February 21, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Try this trick.
    If you can’t afford your medical bills, schedule to have an MRI appointment.
    Before you enter the hospital, swallow a bunch of coins.
    Legally, they won’t be able to charge you anymore.

  13. Jerome St. Sauver on February 21, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    love that "in out", "up down" trick – I wish I knew it earlier!

  14. mike Lazembie on February 21, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    What a simple and effective tip!! Thanks for posting this!

  15. John Welch on February 21, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Good tips and the dry humor was a plus.

  16. rjtumble on February 21, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    For the inside measure trick, in bigger spaces, like a room, I like the trick of clipping a card (or anything flat) to the tape where you’d normally be curving it into the wall. With the tape curved like normal and the card pushed into the corner, pull it out, straighten the tape and see where that edge of the card ends up on the tape measure.

  17. Ivar Husa on February 21, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Glad you shared my tip for creating a perfectly straight board of almost any length. It was shared with me by a cabinet maker many years ago. Too, by removing small amounts from alternate sides will ‘take out’ any bowing as a result of wood removal.

  18. The_khan on February 21, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    really enjoy the videos. thanks for the effort

  19. Tzu warrior on February 21, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    Inside measurements use a laser 🤯
    Or is that to austin powers of me.
    Sorry i digress.

  20. steve allen on February 21, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    Great tips! The inside "two stick" is my favorite how ever the center of the circle is a close second, thanks!

  21. Hue Janus on February 21, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    I was taught by an old woodworker to cut an angle on boards (about 10-15 degrees), then flip them to match when gluing up. His theory was that the joints would be stronger because there was more gluing surface.

  22. Roy Williams on February 21, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    One tip I would offer is to use a saw with a crown guard it is much safer.

  23. hans pijpers on February 21, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Or use metric ! Like 99% of the rest of the world.

  24. Tom Leonard on February 21, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    What’s with the ball!? Its like days care for the kids. LOL Timmy take the ball its your turn to talk.

  25. Larry B on February 21, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    Given my space limitations, I’m one of the woodworkers without a jointer, so thanks.

  26. Comgrow Official on February 21, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    Love your videos! Plz keep up the great work!!👍

  27. The Distracted Maker on February 21, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    That first tip is absolute gold- thanks!

  28. Jeff Ceriotti on February 21, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Great video. I appreciate the fact that you not only provide the tips but demonstrate them as well. For beginners like me this is EXTREMELY helpful. This is the reason I subscribed. Thanks

  29. The Frank Perspective on February 21, 2022 at 11:19 pm


  30. Voeltner Woodworking on February 21, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Another great walkthrough! Thanks for the tips!

  31. pana19561 on February 21, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Deception?? When does the level tip come in????

  32. Super Specialty on February 21, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    From the 10:00 mark is another reason I don’t pay for Premium YouTube & be subscribing to your channel!

  33. Jaehee Yoo on February 21, 2022 at 11:22 pm


  34. Lucky Lou on February 21, 2022 at 11:24 pm

    For measuring the inside dimension, you can also take the two sticks and where you lay the one on top, mark a line at the end of the stick and an x next to it. That way you can carry the two sticks away and just line up the mark again.

  35. Michael Campbell on February 21, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    That "long board pushed through with the workpiece" bit is really good. I think it’d be easier though to just attach them together with a small piece of wood on the back + screws or even double sided tape. Makes pushing them through together almost foolproof, and 99% less effort than the fancy straightedge jig with clamps/hold-downs.

  36. Miguel Estornino on February 21, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    If you use bit of tape to the cabinet you can measure two measures from it to both sides and have it accurate on level of which side of line you are measuring to 😉

  37. Darin on February 21, 2022 at 11:30 pm


  38. Paul Ashley on February 21, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Man, your shop is way too clean! 😁

  39. Mickleblade on February 21, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    I really like the extended straight edge idea

  40. J on February 21, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    Guys thank you for the tips. They were great. I loved your sense of humor.

  41. aaron dixon on February 21, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    I challenge you to a game of tape ball. Winner gets the losers tools..appreciate the vid

  42. Stan Marr on February 21, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Get rid of the’s a distraction!!

  43. Dave Benjamin on February 21, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    For measuring accurate dimensions between walls if your building cabinets and have no one to hold the "dumb" end of the tape, measure from one wall and put a mark on the wall marking a solid dimension ( like 60" ) then measure from the other to that point and add them up.

  44. Tom Freer on February 21, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Excellent tips. Didn’t know any of them before this video!

  45. Andrew Read on February 21, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Great tips!! Please keep them coming…

  46. Ryan Anthony on February 21, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    I have a very old school text book called "Demential Metrology" which is how to measure ANYTHING….. It’s unbelievable how complex measuring can be

  47. Wood Doc on February 21, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    I was fumbling to get a tape measure of the crown of a vaulted ceiling. My dad who had bad Alzheimer’s disease said "Why don’t you put two pieces of trim up there and clamp them to get the length?" Holy cow, he didn’t even know where he was at the time!

  48. Sad Panda on February 21, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Use a Clothes Iron and a damp cloth to raise the grain and remove dented or scratched wood.

    If you need a surface plate for Lapping or precise measurements but you don’t have one, you can use a sheet of Tempered Glass or a Pastry Stone.

  49. Robert Crosby on February 21, 2022 at 11:47 pm

    Now that is some great info I can use with my limited equipment. Great explanation. Thanks!

  50. Donald Stewart on February 21, 2022 at 11:47 pm