Easy Compressor Drain
Unscrew the drain valve under your compressor tank and screw in an air brake drain valve. Then, instead of bending over and fighting with a stuck valve, you just pull the cable to release air and water.
Onboard Leaf Blower Cord
The handles on most electric leaf blowers provide a perfect reel for the cord. Buy a cord that's long enough to reach anywhere in your yard and unroll as much cord as you need, when you need it.
Essential Workbench Accessory
A nail or screw protruding under your workbench makes a handy bottle opener. Cheers!
Reverse Circular Saw Blade for Clean Cuts
A standard saw blade chews up vinyl siding, leaving a chipped-and-ripped edge. For a clean cut, put the blade in backward.
Slick Planer Bed
Everyone knows that a coat of wax makes wood slide nicely across a metal table saw, but the same treatment works on a planer bed. Any type of wax that dries hard will do: car wax, beeswax, floor wax, etc.
Be Kind to Your File
When you're using a metal file, apply pressure on the forward push stroke only. Downward pressure during the return stroke dulls the file—fast.
Rapid Rounded Corners
You don't need a jigsaw or a band saw to create rounded corners. Just mark the curve, cut away the waste with a circular or miter saw, and then round off the curve with a belt or finishing sander.
Labels Save Time
Label all of your tool drawers so you (and others) can find a tool when you need it. You'll be amazed at how much time those labels save—far more than the time you'll spend making them. Label makers like this one are available at office and discount stores.
Bump and Shave with a Miter Saw
When you need to trim just a smidgen off a board or molding, try this: Lower the blade of your miter saw and press the end of the workpiece against it. Then raise the blade, pull the trigger and cut. Depending on how hard you pushed against the blade, you'll shave off from 1/16 to 1/32 in. Once you get the feel of it, you'll be able to adjust the pressure and the width of the shave.
Drill Press Key Control
Mount a retracting key ring on your drill press and you'll never have to hunt for the chuck key again.
Backward Reciprocating Saw Blade
Recip saw blades don't have to go in with the teeth pointing down. You can reverse the blade for flush cuts—like after wall framing, when you cut sill plates out of doorways.
Tool Case Surgery
Packing a tool into its molded plastic case can seem like some kind of IQ test. But slice out those form-fitting compartments and the intended tool (or some other power tool) will fit in without all the fuss. An oscillating tool is the perfect surgical instrument.
Backers Banish Blowout
Even the sharpest saw teeth sometimes leave splinters where they exit the wood. When “blowout” is unacceptable, set a scrap under and/or behind your workpiece for a splinter-free cut.