Tricks of the Trade | Popular Woodworking Magazine

Join the “Tricks of the Trade” Crowd

If there’s one thing a woodworker loves as much as a new tool, it’s a new trick! There’s nothing like discovering a slick new maneuver or a cool jig that makes life sweeter in the shop. Fortunately, Popular Woodworking Magazine readers are a clever bunch, and happy to share their bright ideas.

In every “Tricks of the Trade” column, you’ll find a cornucopia of great ideas submitted by your fellow readers. They cover everything from hand tool tips, machine jigs, and clever shop accessories to great advice for better finishing, joinery, layout, and sharpening, among other time-saving, skill-building tricks. To read some of our recent “Tricks of the Trade” and to watch our “Tricks-in-Action” videos, scroll down below.

Cash and Prizes for Your Tricks and Tips!

We invite you to join this clever community and win cash and prizes in the process. Each issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine we publish useful woodworking tips from our readers. The winning trick in each issue will receive a $250 gift certificate from Lee Valley Tools, good for any item in the catalog or on the web site ( Runners-up each receive a check for $50 to $100.

(The tools pictured above are for illustration only, and are not part of the prize.)


To Submit Your Tricks

When submitting a trick, include your mailing address and phone number. If your trick is selected, an editor will need to contact you. All entries become the property of Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Send your trick by e-mail to:

Or write to:

Tricks of the Trade

Popular Woodworking Magazine

4700 E. Galbraith Road

Cincinnati, OH  45326

Tips for Tricks

To help you out, click here for a few tips for success when submitting a trick.


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