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203 How-Tos From DIY Tools & Techniques

  1. 181. Tapping Basics

    A tap is fitted into a pilot hole in a metal piece and turned with a special type of wrench. Here are the steps to take before and duri...

    Cost:
    $1 to $50
    Difficulty:
    Easy
  2. 182. How to Make a Circle-Cutting Jig

    Use these step-by-step instructions to make a jig that will cut circles through wood or any other material.

    Cost:
    $1 to $50
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  3. 183. How to Make a Lap Joint

    When there's a piece of lumber that's too short for the project, a second piece of wood can be used to extend the length. Lap joining i...

    Cost:
    $1 to $50
    Difficulty:
    Easy
  4. 184. How to Use a Yard Trencher

    A yard trencher can dig out a trench for conduit or water pipes in the yard. It makes a thin trench in the yard without disturbing the ...

    Time:
    2 hours
    Cost:
    $100 to $250
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  5. 185. How to Apply Drywall Mud

    Read through simple step-by-step instructions that show how to mix and apply both ready-mix and powdered drywall compounds.

    Cost:
    $1 to $50
    Difficulty:
    Easy
  6. 186. How to Make Finger Joints

    A finger joint resembles interlaced fingers. A sturdy joint often used for making boxes, it also features a lot of glue surface and a l...

    Time:
    Under Half Day
    Cost:
    $250 to $500
    Difficulty:
    Moderate to Hard
  7. 187. How to Build a Sheet Goods Cart

    Learn how to make a sheet goods cart that will help maneuver large sheets of plywood or drywall around a workshop.

    Cost:
    $500 to $1000
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  8. 188. How to Use a Thickness Planer

    Thickness planers are used to reduce wood thickness, smooth rough surfaces and remove paint. Here's some basic information about handhe...

    Cost:
    $250 to $500
    Difficulty:
    Moderate
  9. 189. How to Create a Shave Horse

    A shave horse is a vertical lever and fulcrum used to apply clamping pressure. Learn how to make one with these easy steps.

    Cost:
    $1 to $50
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  10. 190. How to Cut an Octagon on a Table Saw

    A mathematical formula and a jig can help create a perfect octagon. Use these steps to make a jig that guides a table saw to rip off th...

    Cost:
    $1 to $50
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate

About This Show

How do you know if you have the right tool for the job? On DIY Tools & Techniques, DIY illustrates how to choose and use all the tools in your workshop. Host David Thiel calls upon his extensive knowledge as the Senior Editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine to give all the tips and tricks of the trade, as well as demonstrate step-by-step how to use and maintain workshop tools such as the router and table saw, as well as some not-so-common tools. DIY Tools & Techniques gives you the information needed to get the job done right -- with the right tool!

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