Not long ago, I needed to make some angled wood parts to build a new soffit on my garage. I didn’t have the customary tool for the job, but I had some steel joining plates. I screwed through one of the holes in the plate, set my angle, then added another screw to lock the angle. I could then use it as a template to mark all the pieces at the same angle and cut them with my circular saw. — Ryan Bartsch
Even if you know your way around a tape measure, there’s sure to be some new tricks you haven’t seen in this list of 25 tips and tricks to take your mastery of this key skill to the next level.
Quick Woodworking File
Check Out These Hand Tool Hacks and Modifications for Woodworking:Family Handyman Hand tools normally work perfectly for the job they were intended. But sometimes, you need modify that hand tool—make a hand tool hack.
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
Brush with a Drill
Kitty Litter Pouch for Tool Protection
Two Sizes of Brad Nails in One Gun
Caulk Gun Clamp
Check if a Square is Square
How to Fix a Square
Lighted Screwdriver Hack
Saddles for Sawhorses
Bobby Pin Nail Holder
Vise-Grips to Pull Nails
Circle Gets the Square
Customized Chuck Key
Last-Ditch Nail Pulling
Longer-Lasting Utility BladeMost often, it's just the tip that gets dull on a utility knife. When it does, snap off the tip with pliers and you're in business again. Wear eye protection, because sometimes a little piece of the blade goes flying! Plus: 8 brilliant ways to use a razor blade.
Mini Drywall Saw
No-Dent Nail FinishingWith a thin-blade saw, saw a narrow kerf 1/4 in. into the end of a wood shim ($2 per pack at a home center). Press a finish nail into the slot, hold the shim against the molding and then drive in the nail. The soft wood shim lets you deliver a final firm blow to leave the nailhead nearly flush with the surface. Next, set the nail just below the surface with a nail set and apply wood filler. Learn how to install trim like a pro.
PVC Sanding Files
- 1/2-in. i.d. = 7/8-in. o.d.
- 3/4-in. i.d. = 1-in. o.d.
- 1-in. i.d. = 1-1/4-in. o.d.
- 1-1/4-in. i.d. = 1-5/8-in. o.d.
- 1-1/2-in. i.d. = 1-7/8-in. o.d.