Whether your a carpenter or woodworker, it’s no secret that you’ll always be using tools to get the job done such as hammers, saws, wrenches, etc. Furthermore, in this article 10 classic handy tool tips and tricks will be looked at and discussed. These tips and tricks, if implemented into your daily carpentry/woodworking adventures, may help you a lot and make your life a little bit easier.
#1: Reciprocating Saw Blade:
Reciprocating saw blades are used to make cuts out of drywall or framing with the teeth of the blade pointing down. However, another way you can use a reciprocating saw blade is by flipping the teeth of the blade upside down (backwards) to make perhaps even more flush/cleaner cuts.
A file is a tool used to smooth out a surface/edge (much like a sander). One trick to avoid dulling the file faster is by applying pressure during the forward push strokes only rather than applying downward pressure on the return strokes.
#3: Circular Saw:
Circular saws are used to cut through various types of material such as wood, aluminum, vinyl, etc. However, sometimes the saw will leave chipped or rough edges after a cut and so one tip to avoid that is by simply reversing the direction of the circular saw’s blade (backwards).
#4: Saw Support:
Finding the right support when using a saw may be tricky. However, t-blocks are just what you need. Not only will they support the material in which your cutting but also can be used for supporting long boards, raising a project to within a comfortable height on your workbench so you can work more comfortably as well as propping up assemblies. Lastly, they can also be used for a drying rack.
Trying to find the right worktable/workbench? No problem, just set up two sawhorses and lay an old door on top of them. Surprise! You now have yourself a workbench to complete your projects on.
#6: Use A Magnet On Your Screwdriver:
Every carpenter or woodworker who uses a screwdriver knows that it’s almost impossible not to lose/drop a few screws and never see them again. However, one trick that can prevent that from happening is by rubbing a magnet on your screwdriver causing it to become magnetized. This will ultimately help you find those lost/dropped screws.
#7: Stop Block For Belt-Sander:
When using a belt-sander, it’s important to keep the material your sanding stationary so that it doesn’t jiggle or move out of position. One tip to prevent this is by clamping a stop block on either end of the material (such as a piece of wood) your sanding.
#8: Clamping Nails:
Working in tight spaces or corners, an individual may find themselves unable to hammer in a nail. Thus, a C-clamp can come into use and you will be able to get the job done with ease.
#9 and #10: Prevent Bits From Wandering And Using A Power Strip:
The last two tips/tricks pertain to preventing bits from wandering/moving around and using a power strip. Furthermore, to prevent bits from jiggling around or moving, the trick is to place a piece of soft material (thin cardboard) over the area you are trying to drill. Lastly, power strips are a great way to organize cordless power tool chargers as you will be able to charge them all at once.