Tip Trader: Workshop and Tool Modifications

Handyman Club members share their home and workshop hints.

Helping Hands To work with long lumber on a radial arm saw, Club member John Kelly created this ingenious support system. He raised the saw table to sit 2 in. above his workbench and then used U-clamps to attach 24-in. lengths of 2-in.-dia. PVC pipe to the bench. The U-clamps allow the PVC pipe sections to slide out and serve as lumber supports whenever he needs a helping hand with long boards.

Two Tools in One A claw hammer can serve double-duty if you follow this suggestion from Club Member Ronald Biggs of Birmingham, Alabama. Slip a rubber crutch tip (available at most drug stores) over the hammer’s head to create a makeshift rubber mallet.

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