These tips are little things that I’ve learned or figured out with experience.  They should be self-explanatory.  They are in no particular order.

  • Don’t store solvent for cyanoacrylate glue in a child-proof container.
  • Rare-earth magnets are great for keeping hex keys, screwdrivers, wrenches and other accessories with the machines they belong to.
  • Keep metal away from cutting edges.  Wooden jaw faces and bench dogs are awesome.
  • Experiment.
  • Have fun.
  • Have a spot for everything.
  • When unsure of what to do, pick up something and put it where it belongs.
  • Not everything you can possibly need is made.  You are allowed to make tools and jigs.
  • Don’t be afraid to modify tools so that they work better for you.
  • Don’t believe everything you read or hear.
  • Nobody can, or is expected to know everything or be proficient at everything.
  • Find a local sawyer who is willing to work with you and stock up on wood.
  • Throw away your scrap wood.  Even better – give it away!
  • Store your hand saws vertically so dust, which traps moisture, doesn’t collect on the blades.
  • Sharpen your tools when they are getting dull, not after they have dulled.
  • Maintain your tools.
  • Don’t buy the most expensive tool.  Buy the tool that is best suited for your needs.
  • Throw away your old sandpaper.
  • You can’t have enough drawers in the shop.
  • Get a magnetic tool bar.  They are very handy for keeping chisels handy, yet off your bench.
  • A cable reel is a great luxury.

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