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CORDS - Cord Wrap

To keep power cords rolled up when not in use, try using elastic ponytail holders. The best holders are the type with a small plastic ball at each end. WoodNet.net

Cove Moulding

Instructions for making cove moulding with a table saw. Binky's Woodworking

Cutting Box

Repetitive cuts can be cut squarely and accurately every time with this cutting box for your circular saw. It is easy enough to make that different sizes can be made for projects as they come along. Green Thumb Garden Goodies

Depth Stop

A piece of masking tape around a drill bit can be a great depth stop indicator. Wood Zone

Drawers

How to make drawers with a 45° Lock Miter Router Bit. Binky's Woodworking

GLUE

When gluing up a project it’s inevitable that some of the glue will squeeze out of the joint. It’s best to wait for the glue to "gel up" before scraping it off with a sharp chisel or razor blade. Wiping up the glue before it gels can spread it over the surface of the wood and cause you a lot of sanding later. Wood Zone

GLUE

To help prevent the glue from drying out, squeeze out the air of the bottle after you finish using it. The glue will last longer. Needlepointers.com

GLUE - SPREADING GLUE

When spreading glue out across a wood joint don’t use your fingers! This introduces dirt and oil that may weaken the joint. A better solution is to use an old paintbrush or a small section of a hacksaw blade. Scraps of wood also serve as an inexpensive spreader. Wood Zone

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GLUE - SPREADING GLUE

A tips on how to spread white glue or liquid adhesive using a gift or credit card. Needlepointers.com

GLUING

If you do not have a glue brush, try an old toothbrush. WoodNet.net

Make a Hand Plane

How to make a small hand plane for precise trimming and surfacing. Popular Mechanics

MiterMaster

Take the guesswork out of compound miters with this handy calculator. Just enter the sides and slope. Woodworker's Central

NAILING

Protect your fingers while hanging something (such as a picture), by holding the nail in the tines of a comb. Real Simple

PAINT CAN - STOP SPLATTERING

Use a common nail to tap a couple of small holes into the rim of the can. These holes allow extra paint that's trapped in the rim to drip out. Wood Zone

Paint Stripping

How to remove paint or vanish from furniture. DIY Home Improvement

SPRAY PAINTING TIP

Use a large cardboard box as a spray painting booth. Craftionary

STORAGE IDEA

A skirted tables offer unlimited storage potential. Purchase a round plywood decorator table and cover it with a ready-made tablecloth. Stack beneath it hatboxes filled with sewing notions, crafting supplies or anything else you want to keep close at hand. Country Sampler Decorating Ideas

TRACING PATTERN

To trace a pattern on dark wood use a white pencil from an art supply store or a soapstone used in metal work. The light color will stand out against the dark wood. Wood Zone

WOOD FILLERS

When using a hardening filler, fill the holes before sanding the project. Then wait overnight to allow the filler to dry, and sand the wood and filler smooth. Woodworking Tips

WOODWORK

To remove grease and oil stains from woodworking projects, spray them with automobile starting fluid which contains ether. The stains come off and the wood dries almost immediately. Refinish.com

WOODWORK FINISHING

Remove the dust from your project prior to staining. You can vacuum it or you can use a tack cloth. Proven Woodworking

WOODWORKING

To avoid slippage when driving nails, it's a god idea to occasionally scuff up your hammer's head with coarse emery cloth, a file or an abrasive wheel. WoodshopTips.com

WOODWORKING

Make your own tacky cloth by soaking a diaper or piece of cheesecloth in turpentine and wringing it out until it's still fairly damp. Brush on stripes of varnish, roll up the cloth and wring out again. Repeat this process until you achieve the degree of stickiness you desire. WoodshopTips.com

WOODWORKING

Woodworking - To fix a "little gap" on the outside of a miter joint, use the edge of a screwdriver to subtly round over the corners. The corners will close in and mask the gap. No wood putty! WoodZone.com

WOODWORKING

To preserve your paper woodworking patterns, spray them lightly with aerosol hair spray. The spray will seal the surface and keep pencil lines from smudging. Accents Woodcrafts

WOODWORKING

WOODWORKING - Use a white pencil from an art supply store or a soapstone used in metal work. The light color will stand out against the dark wood. Woodzone.com

WOODWORKING

WOODWORKING - Gluing up wood can sometimes be a messy job. Before being tempted to wipe up wet glue that has squeezed from the joint, let it dry for almost an hour and lift it from the wood using a chisel. The Winfield Collection

WOODWORKING

Is you dowel to tight? Simply place the dowels in a microwave oven for three or four minutes. This will remove moisture and make the dowels easier to insert. Gold Country Woodworks

WOODWORKING

When you have loose sleeves, baggy pants, or rags hanging out of your pocket, they can get caught by power tools, or a ladder. Al's Home Improvement Center

WOODWORKING

Always use a stop block when you crosscut short lengths with a table saw.

WOODWORKING

To avoid the dreaded rust on your expensive tools try a coat of paste wax. Village Woodsmith

WOODWORKING

Wearing the proper shop protection is an important part of safe tool operation. Goggles, Ear Protection, and Lung Protection should be used when operating tools. Wood Worker.com

WOODWORKING

When spreading glue out across a wood joint don’t use your fingers! This introduces dirt and oil that may weaken the joint. A better solution is to use an old paintbrush or a small section of a hacksaw blade. WoodZone.com

WOODWORKING

Working around power tools can be perfectly safe provided you work with care. Over-reaching or stretching to make a cut is an accident waiting to happen. Woodzone.com

WOODWORKING

Remember to sand with the grain of the wood. WOODBIN

WOODWORKING

Working around power tools can be perfectly safe provided you work with care. Over-reaching or stretching to make a cut is an accident waiting to happen. Woodzone.com

WOODWORKING

Discarded pantyhose or nylon stockings make an excellent application for urethane or polyurethane finished, particularly on contoured surfaces or turnings. Gold Country Woodworks

WOODWORKING

When gluing make sure surfaces to be glued are smooth, flat, and free of dust. WOODBIN

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