This time I am back at the drill press, showing some very cool tricks with Hole Saws, and at the same time, making an upside-down holding stand for my Epoxy Glue Bottles, because after they get half empty, it takes  - forever- for the glue to run down to the nozzle so I can mix them together ..

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Starting off with hole saws, these are great tools, they make excellent quality holes and come in a wide variety of sizes but they can take a LOT of effort to push them into some woods, but here's an easy way to use them ...

Hole Saw Use - Making it Easier
Once you decide on what size you want, one little trick that works exceedingly well is to drill some holes around the perimeter of the hole saw edge. You can mark the edge by first just touching your hole saw to the surface, and with some hole saws, you can even use them to drill some holes around the perimeter of what you want to cut. The holes you drill need to be overlapping the hole saw cut, but the holes can be on the outside, inside or even in the middle of the cut. In either of these cases, the hole saw will drill MUCH easier into whatever it is you are drilling. It really does make a big difference. 

Easy drilling with hole saws

For smaller sizes, 3 holes are sufficient and for larger holes, you may need to drill a series of them, but it is worth the time to do that because it makes it so much easier to drill the hole saw holes after you have those relief holes drilled along the hole saw perimeter. 

Click here to see the Freud Quick Release Hole Saw Arbour that Colin Uses 

Hole Saw Use - Making a Larger Size Hole
Making hole saw holes larger is pretty common and also pretty simple, but is near impossible to make them bigger unless you have a hole for the center drill of the hole saw to ride in. This could be a thin piece of plywood on the inside or outside, but what works really well use the old "core" as a guide for the center drill of the hole saw. You can shim them in with wood strips, you can lock them in with expanding foam, you can glue them in with a hot melt glue gun if you use a thin board on the top or bottom and fasten it to your base and drill through that ... any of these work as long as the hole saw has a place for the center drill bit to follow.

Hole Saw Use - Making a Larger Size Hole

Inverted Glue Stand for Epoxy Glues (or any other thicker glues)
Next, I am finishing my Epoxy Glue Stand. This could be a handy little item for a few different items, like glue, grease and even oil, You will need to determine that your glue will not leak once it is turned upside-down. If it does, you may be able to add a different stopper, or even move the contents to a different dispenser, but in either case, having glue read to us is a big plus.

Inverted Glue Stand for Epoxy Glues

As you can see in the video, it's easier to drill through a thicker board, then attach a thin one after and drill through it for the nozzle to protrude, but you could also make the same holder from a thicker piece of wood.

Removing Broken Head Screws and Nails
I haven't had much of a problem with this the last few years, especially since I stopped using the sheetrock screws, but I know others have because I am frequently asked how to easily remove broken screws, (and occasionally nails) from. Sadly there is no real easy way, all there really is are some less invasive ways of digging the wood around the screw or nail and easing it out from there. I like to use the "plug cutter" method because then I have a known hole size, which I can later cut another plug to fill the hole, or in some cases filled with a small piece from a dowel.  

Removing Broken Head Screws and Nails

plug cutters

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Workshop Life Hacks Episode 9: Woodworking Tips and Tricks