8 Woodworking Tips to Boost Your Efficiency

Prevent excess glue stains

To eliminate stains caused by oozing glue along joints, clamp the pieces together without glue. Apply masking tape over the joint and then cut it with a utility knife.

Next, separate the pieces, apply the glue, and clamp them together again. The glue will ooze onto the tape, not the wood. Remove the tape before the glue dries.

Measure with a drafting square

Make accurate measuring and marking layouts on boards faster and easier with a drafting square – available at any art supply store.

When you need an accurate square in the 2- to 3-foot range, drafting squares beat the cumbersome drywall squares for accuracy and eliminate the hassle of hooking up a carpenter square.

Keep a clean, orderly workspace

Achieving efficiency in your shop can sometimes be as simple as clearing clutter from your work area. A disorderly work area can hinder your productivity.

Another tip: Only keep out items that you use daily. Everything else should be put in designated areas so they’re quickly retrievable when needed.

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