Use a couple of rubber sponge ﬂoats to hold down boards on your jointer. Typically used in stucco work, sponge ﬂoats are available at home centers for about $6. They grip boards tightly, keep your hands far from the cutter head, and put a stop to vibration! Thanks to reader Clarke Green for this very useful tip. Check out another type of sponge for sanding.
Build this box from plywood or medium-density ﬁberboard and use it to cut tenons, lap joints, rabbets and other joints on the ends of boards. It makes accu-rate cuts and keeps your hands well away from the blade.
Make the box wide enough so the clamp handle will ﬁt inside, and screw a board on the side at 90 degrees to support the piece you’re cutting. To use the box, slide it against the table saw fence. To ensure accurate cuts, build the box with parallel sides that are 90 degrees to the saw table.
Far-Reaching Stop Block
Staple a 1/8-in. threaded rod to a fence board attached to your table saw’s miter gauge. Use electrical staples (the kind you pound in with a hammer). Slide a stop block on the rod between pairs of washers and wing nuts, and use it to cut a number of boards to the same length. The stop block stays put board after board. Check out the stop block in action to help save time.