Binder Clip Hack: How to Make a Stair Gauge Substitute
Binders can get you out of a bind
A while back, I had to cut a stair skirt to trim the outer edge of my deck stairs, but I didn’t have the stair gauge buttons that I usually attach to my framing square to set the repeated angles. The binder clips from my briefcase did the job nicely! — Rick Wilson
Quick Woodworking File
Check Out These Hand Tool Hacks and Modifications for Woodworking: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.