Rare Earth Magnets Around The Shop

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Blog entry by Blake posted 12-04-2007 01:43 AM 2830 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I find handy uses for rare earth magnets all over my shop. I just thought I would share this as a tip. Here are some of the places I use them:

My table saw fence has a magnet embedded in the plywood top I made and it keeps a ruler handy:

These magnets keeps blades and an alen wrench handy on my scroll saw base:

A wrench for my jointer and a push block are magneted to the jointer base:

Another ruler magnited to the top of my radial arm saw:

The three sizes of alen wrenches for my bandsaw:

Even in my small shop I have to keep everything as efficient as possible since I have limited time to spend woodworking (usually between when I get off work and when my wife gets home).

So small conveniences like this help cut down the time I would have to spend walking back and forth and finding the right tool. I like keeping dedicated tools at each machine for changing blades, making adjustments, etc. I also like having my most used measuring tools duplicated and located where I usually need them.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 12-04-2007 01:48 AM

I agree about having the correct allen wrenches next to the saw. It a problem to go and find the key ring of wrenches and then find the correct one. Is it metric or sae. Keeping one next to the tool is great. I use one for the key for the drill press but need a few more I guess.

Old computer hard drives have nice magnets. And maybe old floppy drives. I’ve never checked for them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-04-2007 02:51 AM

Blake -

Great idea!


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John Gray

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#3 posted 12-04-2007 07:00 AM

I use those magnets for a lot of things…haven’t lost the drill press key since I started using one to keep it on the press also keeps wrenches secure to their tools and to post plans on my freezer door and the auxiliary power switch box stays put on the top side of the band saw not where the mfr. down below and out of sight. I’ve got to order more next order that goes to Rockler.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#4 posted 12-04-2007 08:26 AM

Great blog. Magnets sure do come in handy!

They also work good to setup jointer knives.


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 12-04-2007 10:46 AM

I bought a dust hood for the lathe. I was getting all prepared to drill, tap and screw the darn thing on. It is now attached with four 3/4” magnets. Works great.

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#6 posted 12-04-2007 12:37 PM

well, well, well.. brilliant!!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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