Curbly Video Quick Tip: Create a Crosscut Sled on the Cheap.

created at: 2009-07-06

The table saw is the most versatile option for the DIYster, equally successful at making rip cuts (with the grain) and crosscuts (across the grain). When making crosscuts, it’s much better to rely on support which holds the workpiece at a 90-degree angle to the blade, rather than the rip fence, which is parrallel to the blade.

Enter the crosscut sled, an extremely easy homemade option for safe and accurate crosscuts on any table saw. This option uses materials that you probably have on hand, but can easily be purchased for under $5.00. Continue Reading

Curbly Video Quick Tip: Keep Your Shovel De-Iced for Easy Snow Removal.

Brrrr… We’re certainly in the dead center of winter, and for those of us north of the Mason-Dixon line (and for many of you below it), that means lots and lots of shoveling to keep sidewalks, porches, and driveways clean. But, as any 12-year-old kid can tell you, after the first few minutes, snow and ice start to build up on the shovel’s surface, and it becomes heavy and more difficult to use.

created on: 01/28/09

To keep the shovel slick and (mostly) ice free, spray both sides with non-stick cooking spray, and dig away. Continue Reading