In this video I have 40 woodworking and DIY hacks, tips and tricks I have picked up over the years. I hope you find them useful, feel free to share your tips and tricks in the comment field below.

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1. Wood filler with glue and sawdust

Mix some sawdust from the piece you are working on with glue to fill unwanted cracks and gaps. You can also add some glue directly to the hole and rub sawdust over it. Let dry and sand away the excess

2. Use hot glue for clamping

When gluing two pieces of wood together leave a small opening in the glue area and add some hot glue to those spots. Hold together the pieces for a couple of seconds and then let the wood glue dry. Use a very limited amount of hot glue to avoid any gaps.

3. Use CA glue for clamping

The same as tips no. Three only using CA glue instead. CA glue does not build up the way hot glue does, but it is harder to get the right adhesion.

4. Release hot glue  quick and easy

Hot glue is good for temporary fixing, but it can be hard to get the pieces apart from each other again. Just add a drop of isopropyl and the hot glue will release immediately.

5. Avoid glue squeeze out on miter joints

When gluing boxes and frames glue will often squeeze out on the corners. To avoid this only add some tape on the outside of each corner.

6. Clamp miter joints with tape

Using tape to clamp small boxes with miter joints is not only quick and easy, but it also prevents glue squeeze out on the outside of the box.

7. Use rubber band to clamp miter joints

Clamp small boxes with rubber bands, this is super simple and makes your box perfectly square.

8. Never stop learning

Always learn something new. (ok, I forgot to add a hack on number eight)

9. Flatten wood with sandpaper on glass plate

Use some spray glue and glue a piece of sandpaper to a glass plate, this will give you an entirely flat surface to sand on

10. Sand curved objects

Cut a thin strip of wood and glue sandpaper to it, and this makes it easier to sand curved objects.

11. Magnet on drill bit to hold screws

Just put a rare earth magnet on your drill bit to keep screws on the bit, it saves a ton of frustration.

12. Magnet on hammer to hold nails

Put a magnet on to hold nails, and this makes it quick and easy to grab those nails when working.

13. Don’t hit your finger with the hammer

Hold the nail with a plier, and you will save your finger if you miss hitting the nail (it can happen the best).

14. Bit holder on your drill

Simply glue a rare earth magnet on your drill, and you can put drill bits or screws there.

15. Pilot hole with a nail and a drill

Cut the head of a nail and put it in your drill chuck to drill pilot holes, this makes it easier to hammer down those nails.

16. Drill straight holes

Make a simple 90-degree corner in a piece of wood and use it as a guide for drilling perfect 90-degree holes. You can also just hold two pieces together.

17. Depth measure on your drill bit.

Measure the depth of your hole and just put a piece of tape on the drill bit to get the correct depth.

18. Drill bit counter sinker

No counter sinker for your drill? No problem, just use the drill bit.

19. Sharpen your pencils quick and easy

Put your pencil in the drill and hold the sharpener in your hand. Just put the pencil in the sharpener drill.

20. Metal dowels

Spice up your work with some metal dowels. Just drive the screw half way in and cut off the head with a plier. Use a file and sandpaper to make it flush with the surface.

21. Clean small spaces

Drill hole in a paper/plastic cup and put a drinking straw in the hole. Put the vacuum hose in the cup, and you have an excellent cleaning tool for those hard spaces.

22. Avoid paint spill when adding paint to your brush

Put a rubber band on your paint can to get rid of that excess glue on your paint brush, this will prevent spilling paint on the edge where the lid is.

23. Avoid paint bleed under your masking tape

If you are masking up areas for painting, paint still can get under the tape. To prevent this, paint with the same color as the surface you are painting on. Let it dry and then paint over with the color you are going to use.

24. Save your paint brush without cleaning

Don’t waste time on cleaning your paint brush if you are going to use the same color next time. Just store it in a latex glove and tape to seal it.

25. Don’t waste your paint tray

Put some aluminum foil in your paint tray, and your paint tray will last the rest of your life.

26. Anti-slide glue up with nails

Hammer down a couple of small nails and cut off the nail heads before you add glue. When you clamp your pieces now, they won’t slide.

27. Anti-slide glue up with salt

Add salt to your glue (add glue first and then throw a little salt over the glue). Very useful to prevent sliding while clamping

28. Simple marking gauge

Insert a screw to a piece of wood to use as a marking gauge. Screw it in or out to adjust.

29. Pencil push stick

For small thin pieces, you can use pencils as push sticks (the eraser side of course).

30. Drive in your screws easier

Add some candle wax or soap on your screws to drive them in easier.

31. Make your hand plane glide better

Insert a screw to a piece of wood to use as a marking gauge. Screw it in or out to adjust.

32. Quick zero clearance insert on your table saw

If you need a fast and dirty way to make a zero clearance on your table saw, add a piece of tape over the blade hole and cut through the tape (be careful this can be a little dangerous). If you want a more safe method, you can use a piece of plywood.

33. No plywood tear out on a table saw

To avoid tear out on while cutting plywood add a piece of tape on the bottom of the piece you are cutting.

34. Cut thin strips of wood on a table saw

Cutting thin strips of wood on a table saw can be dangerous, but this technique eliminates the dangers dramatically. Only add a stop block to the left of the blade. Do not place it on the side of the blade but slightly behind.

35. Split long boards on a table saw in a small workshop

If you have limited space in your workshop and your board is too long to cut on the table saw you can just run it half way through, flip it and do the other half.

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37. Improve jigsaw cuts with tape

Use a strip of tape on one side of the cutting line, and this makes it much easier to see where to cut.

38. Rake handle dowels

An old (or new) rake handle is a great starting point for a dowel. Just roll it (like shown in the video) on the table saw, and you can easily downsize your dowel.

39. Milling metal on a drill press using a Dremel

Put a brass rod or thick screw in your drill and shape it with a Dremel

40. Easy push block

Glue a piece of an anti-slide mat on a wood block and add a handle. Now you have an excellent push-block with good grip.