Tricks of the Trade

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 workshop 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.

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Tricks-in-Action: Kerf Jigs for Perfect Cuts

Editor Christopher Schwarz demonstrates the winning trick from the August 2010 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. This trick shows you how to make two clever blocks that make it easy to set up a circular saw or jigsaw to ride accurately against a fence.

VIDEO – Tricks-in-Action – Pitch Remover

Tricks-in-Action showcases a reader-submitted woodworking tip taken directly from the pages of Popular Woodworking Magazine's Tricks of the Trade column.

In the April 2010 issue, Daniel Freeman wrote how he removes pitch from the blade of his radial arm saw using adhesive remover. We test a common adhesive remover against...