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How to Build a Door Buck With Scrap Materials

How to Build a Door Buck With Scrap Materials

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If you need to work on a door while it's on edge, you could look around for a third hand, but there's a better way

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Accurately Cut Miter Angles Without Using Measuring Tools

Accurately Cut Miter Angles Without Using Measuring Tools

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If you need to measure an angle that's other than 90 degrees, you could hunt around for your protractor, but there's a better way

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A Faster Way to Install Eye Screws

A Faster Way to Install Eye Screws

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If you've got a bunch of eye screws to install, you could do it the old-fashioned way with the blade of a screwdriver, but there's a better way

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How to Remove a Circular-Saw-Blade Knockout Easily

How to Remove a Circular-Saw-Blade Knockout Easily

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Grab a few common items from around the shop to make this job a snap

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How to Keep Things Clean When Caulking Trim

How to Keep Things Clean When Caulking Trim

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Don't wipe your hands on your clothes or a messy rag when caulking crown moldings, casings, and baseboards. Use this handy tip instead

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How to Use a Drill and Screws to Remove a Plug from a Hole Saw

How to Use a Drill and Screws to Remove a Plug from a Hole Saw

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Avoid busting your knuckles on your next hole-boring project with this clever video tip

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How to Make a Custom Dust Collector for Your Router

How to Make a Custom Dust Collector for Your Router

If you've got a router job coming up, you could just let the chips fly and vacuum them up later, but there's a better way.  

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How to Apply a Weathered Finish to New Wood Siding

How to Apply a Weathered Finish to New Wood Siding

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Don't wait for siding repairs to blend in naturally; Chuck Miller has found a great way to make unfinished wood weather quickly

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How to Make a Mess-Free Varnish Filter out of Cheesecloth

How to Make a Mess-Free Varnish Filter out of Cheesecloth

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If you need to filter an old can of varnish for a small touch up job, you could pour the whole thing through a filter and make a mess... But, there's a better way.

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How To Make a Woodworking Spring Clamp out of PVC Drainpipe

How To Make a Woodworking Spring Clamp out of PVC Drainpipe

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You can't buy a half dozen clamps for a buck—but you can make your own for less than that

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How To Save a Miscut Board From the Scrap Bin

How To Save a Miscut Board From the Scrap Bin

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"Measure twice, cut once" no longer applies once you learn this easy fix for a board that's been cut too short

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How to Clean a Large Paint Roller

How to Clean a Large Paint Roller

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You'll feel like a kid again when you use this slick tip for cleaning the messiest of painting tools

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How To Make a Reciprocating-Saw Blade Guide Block

How To Make a Reciprocating-Saw Blade Guide Block

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This simple tip will help you cut studs more-accurately when making new rough openings in existing walls.

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How to Avoid Complicated Fractions When Measuring a Workpiece

How to Avoid Complicated Fractions When Measuring a Workpiece

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If you need to divide a piece of wood by some inconvenient fractional number like 11/64, you could do some complicated math in your head, but there's a better way.

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How To Drill a Long Thin Hole for Running Small Wires

How To Drill a Long Thin Hole for Running Small Wires

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Don't buy an expensive bit that you'll only use once. Make this custom drill bit for running wire for doorbells, thermostats, or other low-voltage equipment.

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How To Stop Paint From Bleeding Under Masking Tape

How To Stop Paint From Bleeding Under Masking Tape

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If you need to keep a straight, clean line between a painted surface and a varnished surface, you could try free-handing it the way the great painters do, or you could put down some masking tape and...

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Make Your Blowtorch Safe

Make Your Blowtorch Safe

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Propane torches have tippy bases on one end and flames coming out the other. You could keep a fire extinguisher handy, but there's a better way.

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Prevent Pneumatic-Nailer Blowouts When Installing Trim

Prevent Pneumatic-Nailer Blowouts When Installing Trim

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If you're hanging moldings and the nails keep blowing out the side of your trim stock, you could just swear a lot and keep your putty handy, but there's a better way.

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How to Stop Sawdust from Binding Up a Holesaw

How to Stop Sawdust from Binding Up a Holesaw

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Chuck Miller shares a tip on how to evacuate sawdust from a holesaw without pulling the saw in and out of the cut.

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How To Cut Tenons for Deck Rails with a Tablesaw

How To Cut Tenons for Deck Rails with a Tablesaw

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A round tenon is a solid way to secure a baluster to a deck railing. Chuck Miller shows how to make a simple jig to cut your own in this episode of "There's a Better Way."

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Get a Sharp Edge on Knives, Chisels, and Planes with a Homemade Strop

Get a Sharp Edge on Knives, Chisels, and Planes with a Homemade Strop

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Keep this simple tool in your nail pouch and you'll never have an excuse for working with a dull blade again.

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Make A Custom Hole Saw To Remove Stripped Screws

Make A Custom Hole Saw To Remove Stripped Screws

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Tired of scrapping good wood when a stripped screw won't budge? Chuck Miller shares a tip for using, of all things, an old golf club to painlessly pull stubborn screws.

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Plane Doors More Easily With a Shopmade Jig

Plane Doors More Easily With a Shopmade Jig

Scott Gibson shares a tip to keep doors and other big workpieces secure and level.

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Keep Your Truck Tailgate Clear With a Simple Gravel Shield

Keep Your Truck Tailgate Clear With a Simple Gravel Shield

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Don't let the back of your pickup get jammed up with soil or stone dust. Chuck Miller shares a tip for making a movable cover to keep your tailgate free of debris.

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How To Hang Drain Lines so They Stay Straight and Secure

How To Hang Drain Lines so They Stay Straight and Secure

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Plumber Bruce Norman shares his secret to keeping PVC waste pipes right where he wants them.

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Scrap Your Nail Set and Make Your Hammer Work Harder

Scrap Your Nail Set and Make Your Hammer Work Harder

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Fine Homebuilding reader April Uno shares a new way to countersink nails with a single custom-made tool.

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Roll Compound on Drywall Seams for Faster, Easier Taping

Roll Compound on Drywall Seams for Faster, Easier Taping

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Add a little water, grab a paint roller, and speed up this tedious job.

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