DIY Dust Collector
If your shop vacuum hose is a little too big to attach to your miter saw’s exhaust port, try this simple but effective DIY adapter. Cut a 3/4-in.-nap paint roller cover in half and duct-tape it to the saw’s exhaust port. The shop vacuum hose fits perfectly over the roller cover, creating a tight seal that allows almost all of the sawdust to be captured. The thicker the nap, the tighter the seal. Works great!
Easy-on-the-Hands Bucket Handles
Old 5-gallon buckets are great for hauling stuff, but the plastic handles eventually break and the wire handles can cut into your hands. To solve the problem, retrofit the buckets with new handles made from an old garden hose. Just cut short lengths of hose, slit each one with a utility knife and slide them over the handles. If you can remove one side of the wire handle, you can just slide the hose grip on without slitting it. The handles work great and keep those buckets working hard!
Get a Beefy Bench Vise
A wimpy $30 vise may satisfy your wallet, but you’ll regret buying one the first time you have to crank the bolts off a really big part. So skip the cheapies and invest in a heavy-duty vise. You want a vise with at least 5-1/2-in. jaws, a pipe clamping area, dual swivel locks and a large anvil area. I found this model at a home center for $100. But you can find great deals on good used vises on Craigslist or at neighborhood garage sales.