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The safest way to loosen a router collet is as simple as changing the direction of your wrenchesview details
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 wayview details
Grab a few common items from around the shop to make this job a snapview details
Avoid busting your knuckles on your next hole-boring project with this clever video tipview details
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.view details
Don't wait for siding repairs to blend in naturally; Chuck Miller has found a great way to make unfinished wood weather quicklyview details
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.view details
You can't buy a half dozen clamps for a buck—but you can make your own for less than thatview details
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.view details
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.view details
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...view details
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.view details
Keep this simple tool in your nail pouch and you'll never have an excuse for working with a dull blade again.view details
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Have your ever been frustrated building something and mumbled to yourself, "There's got to be a better way"? Then we've got just what you need.
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