Woodworking Tips And Tidbits – 05/18/08

1. To get a better grip on the round, twist-type clamp handles drill a hole through the side of the handle and insert a dowel. This will give you better torque and not cause your hands to cramp.

2. When you only have one hand available and no magnetized screwdriver tip just slip a short piece of plastic tubing over the screwdriver bit to hold a screw. This works well when installing screws with an electric drill too.

3. To stop a hole saw from clogging and burning first score the wood with the hole saw to outline the hole. Then drill a 3/4″ clearance hole through the wood along the inside edge of the scored circle. Then cut the hole as normal. The 3/4″ hole allows the sawdust to escape eliminating the clogging and burning.

4. If you store your waterstones in water, add a few drops of household bleach to the water. This will prevent algae from growing in the water and it will not harm the stones.

5. Foam water-pipe insulation makes a great cover for your pipe camps. It’s inexpensive, comes pre-split and will protect your work. Shower curtain rod covers work well too!

These are a few woodworking tips and tidbits that we picked up (and/or wrote down) over the past week. They come from a variety of sources including magazines, newsletters, online and personal experience.

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