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Having a dab of paint on the plug means you can easily identify which way to plug it in ... and in the workshop, we can be doing this multiple times a day with different tools so this is a HUGE convenience to those of us who are using plug-in tools.
Take one of the silicon glue spreading brushes and pulled the bristle part off, which comes off quite easily, drilled a couple of holes in the base and now you can attach it directly to his glue bottle for an instant and perfect dispenser.
Instead of using small finish nails to hold the glass to the wooden frame, use glass Glazier's Points. They are easy to install with a flat-blade screwdriver, or you could do like the Glass Glazers of the past, and use a putty knife to install them, either way, they are a great way of holding the glass against the frame and ending up with a near flush side for the matting or pictures to be installed.
Use a little flossing pick as a tool to get glue inside the crack, in a LIMITED amount, so it doesn't make a big glue mess, then wipe off any access, and if you need to, use masking or some other tape for a short period to make sure the sliver is attached until it dries.
This tip came from Alex who explained that the reason paint dries out (and forms crusts on top) is that air is allowed to react with the paint. He said if you can block the air from getting to the paint it will last longer (and it will probably prevent the crusts from forming on top too ... maybe?). He suggested using parchment paper and that if you use the lid of the paint can as a template you can get a pretty good fit ... which I have done. #woodworking
Here's a new twist on a push stick for the bandsaw. A recent conversation with someone cutting a lot thinner strips of wood, and new to woodworking, was looking for a push stick to make many cuts and keep their fingers away from the blade. This easy-to-make bandsaw push stick does just that. #woodworking
Reading the grain of the wood seems to be a full-time job of mine and in some woods, the grain is harder to see. The quick easy way to check this is to dampen the wood with water. It DOES NOT need to get wetted, only dampen enough so that the softer grain will absorb a bit more moisture and therefore increase the contrast of the wood which makes the grain easier to see.
I always keep craft sticks around for mixing 2 part epoxy glues. Because of their consistent thickness, they can also be used as shims or fillers for many projects or even saw shims!
Vertical Cutting on Table Saw I don't ever remember trying to push smaller wood vertically through the table saw, but I do know others who got a big scare trying this. For as long as I have been using a wood router, I have known the value of using a much larger piece of wood as a support for ushering through the wood. I will also say here ... I do NOT love this idea, much better to use a vertical jig, like a tenon jig as shown below.
Attaching sandpaper to flat backing is not new, but attaching 3 different grits to the same backing is something I have not seen before. Most sandpaper does not come with a "sticky" back, so I use a spray adhesive that is fairly easy to get off and holds the sandpaper nicely in the meantime. There are lots of uses for this kind of sanding and I find myself using this method quite often to flatten or size pieces of wood. #woodworking
I am a big fan of these toggle clamps. They are reasonably inexpensive, work well, and seem to last a long time, and I can often move them from one tool to another so get multiple uses from them. I always seem to be adjusting the clamping rubber stud either up or down because the wood I am using is thinner or thicker, depending on the jig or what is being held. #woodworking
Here is the best way to check your squares to make sure they are in fact square. Lay your square on the level edge and carefully draw a line down the edge of the square to the bottom. Flip the square 180 degrees to the other side, align the square edge closest to the top and see how the base falls for being square, and draw another line. If one line does not perfectly overlay the first line, the square is off. #woodworking
Many kinds of clamps come with rubber or plastic "jaw guards" to help reduce or eliminate marks on wood that can happen with excessive clamping. Often these pads fall off, get brittle and break or otherwise go missing. You can replace these with self-adhesive pads for table and chair feet. They are inexpensive to purchase and the ones I get are super sticky and I often even find them at the dollar store in a variety of sizes, a good solution for almost any clamp that you need a non-marring jaw.