20 Cool Tool Hacks
Tool hacks usually happen on the fly, when you’re in a situation that calls for a tool to be modified slightly or used in a way that’s different than its intended purpose. Many of the following tool hacks were created for those reasons—and some were just stumbled upon while tinkering in the shop.
Quick Woodworking File
Custom Pads for a Mechanic’s Vise
More Planing, Less Exercise
Paint Can Opener on Hand
Use a Sneaker to Clean Sandpaper
How to Magnetize a Screwdriver
Hands-Free Light Hack
Kitty Litter Pouch for Tool Protection
Caulk Gun Clamp
A rubber chair leg cap instantly converts a hammer into a rubber mallet. And if you want to drive a nail without denting the surrounding wood, cut a hole in the rubber cap. Pound until the rubber strikes wood, then finish driving the nail with a nail set. A 1-1/8-in. rubber cap fits tightly over most hammers and costs about $1 at home centers and hardware stores.
Check if a Square is Square
How to Fix a Square
Lighted Screwdriver Hack
Saddles for Sawhorses
Those big hooks that are often used to hang bikes also make slick drill hangers. Get them at any home center for a couple of bucks apiece.