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Bar soap makes a great lubricant for screws, nails, and saw blades. Stick nails or screws into a bar of soap before using. The soap will make them slide in easier and be less likely to split the wood, which is great for DIY projects that use thin pieces of wood. You can also rub a bar of soap over a saw blade to help it slice through wood more easily—this also has the side benefit of helping you cut straighter.
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