Tricks of the Trade

From the June 2011 issue #190

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Our winning Trick of the Trade this month is Mary Nickol’s “Multi-use Bench Hook.” Mary wins a $250 gift certificate from Lee Valley Tools.

To have your Trick considered for publication (we buy all rights to published Tricks), submit it via e-mail to, or by mail to Tricks of the Trade, c/o Popular Woodworking Magazine, 4700 E Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236.

Click here for the SketchUp model of Mary Nickol’s Multi-purpose Bench Hook.

Our Tricks on Video this month is from Dan Urban – it’s a clever way to keep cords in control as you work:

Carabiner Cord Holder
When I am using a corded tool such as a sander, drill or router, the cord gets in the way or catches on something. My solution is to attach a large carabiner to my belt or belt loop. I run the power cord through the carabiner, which puts it where I want it – out of the way. If I’m moving around a lot and need even more control, I attach a second carabiner to the belt loop behind me and run the cord through it as well. Carabiners can be found at your local hardware store.
Dan Urban
Glen Ellyn, Illinois

We tried it out, and filmed this video for your viewing pleasure.

2 thoughts on “Tricks of the Trade

  1. nickn

    Where did you put the sketch-up drawing of the Multi-use Bench Hook? I have not been able to find it anywhere.
    THank You

    1. Megan FitzpatrickMegan Fitzpatrick Post author

      I think that’s the one thing we don’t yet have up for June extras. We’ll try to get that up ASAP, and I’ll send you an email as soon as we do.

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