10 More Woodworking Tricks The Pros Use

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Staying on top of any woodworking project is a balance of hard work and little tips learned from previous projects. This Instructable is here to help you with the latter (the former, you’re on your own).

Whether to speed up the build, or make things easier, take these tips and tricks from the professionals into your own shop and use them on your next project. If you want to see even more woodworking tips and tricks, check out the first part of 10 Woodworking Tricks the Pros Use here.

There’s always more to be learned, so make sure to share your own tips and tricks in the comments below.

Step 1: Clamp Any Angle

Not all projects will have perfect 90° angles to allow for easy clamping during assembly. To give clamps something to grab onto for angled pieces, custom inserts made from scrap plywood can help make your next glue up much easier. The plywood insert shown here is cut in an isosceles right triangle shape (a right angle with the other two corner angles being equal 45°).

There are notches cut into the sides and pill-shaped openings drilled out from the middle, these are there to provide a surface for the clamps to grab onto.

These plywood inserts can be cut into any angle, and having a few on hand of common angles can help make clamping much easier.

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