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20 Bad Spring Yard Work Habits You Need to Stop Doing

It's been a long winter and you're ready to start some yard work. But before you grab that rake or fire up the lawnmower, read over these common spring yard work mistakes so you don't make them yourself.

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Easy-Clamp Sacrificial Fence

One of the most necessary table saw accessories!


Sacrificial Miter Saw Fence for Safety

You can fix a common miter saw problem (and safety hazard) with some thin plywood and a scrap board.


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Lawn Mower Grass Chute Saver

This lawn mower hack will save you a ton of time.


Magnetic Fence for Drill Press or Band Saw

Pick up a Shop-Mag and use it as a fence for repeated accuracy on your drill press or band saw.

Magnetic Band Saw Fence

An 18-in. magnetic tool holder holds firm for accurate cuts and tiny fence-to-blade adjustments are made with the tap of...


Table Saw Fence Blade Height Guide

Use a marker to draw a scale directly onto your table saw fence. Then you'll be able to quickly change...

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How to Set a Table Saw Ripping Scale

In the video and description below, Travis shows you how to set a table saw ripping scale so you don't...


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How to Cut Thin Material on a Table Saw

Travis shows you how to cut thin material on a table saw with a simple jig. Check out the video...


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How to Cut Narrow Strips on a Table Saw

Do you need to cut several narrow strips of the same size? It's easy to do on a table saw,...


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How to Wax Your Table Saw Top

Keep your table saw shipshape with a good cleaning and a coat of paste wax. Travis explains how to do...

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Never Use Just the Table Saw Fence to Crosscut Boards!

Why is it unsafe to only use the fence as a guide for making crosscuts on a table saw? Check...


No-Slide Miter Fence

Reader Ed Dies has a smart idea: Press strips of stair tread safety tape on your table saw’s miter gauge...


Hinged Router Fence

To make this pivoting router fence, just drill a 1/2-inch diameter hole in one end of your existing fence and...


Fine-Tuning with a Miter Saw

When fine-tuning the length of boards with a miter saw, it helps to stick double-faced tape on the fence to...


Snap-On Fence for Band Saw and Drill Press

With a single one-handed bar clamp and a maple board (4 in. wide x 1-3/4 in. thick), you may have

How to Use a Table Saw: Cross Cutting

An accurate miter gauge and fence and basic wood jigs are the key to perfect table saw cuts.