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Hints and Tips #3: Paint 'Pyramids'

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 12-18-2014 11:42 PM 1234 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I can’t claim this as my original idea. I saw it somewhere sometime in the past.

[EDIT] I found where I got this idea. It was in this video tip by Chad Stanton.

It’s a great idea though and uses up some small scraps of plywood. You can buy paint pyramids, but I like the free option. All I did was take pieces of 1/2 inch plywood and cut them into approximately 2×2 inch squares. Then I drilled a pilot hole and made a countersink for a deck screw so they would sit level. Make sure you use the same length screws for them so they match.

You can see I made a mess of them.

Here are the commercially produced variety in case I’m speaking gibberish:

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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#1 posted 12-19-2014 12:43 AM

I like your idea for the free ones too.

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#2 posted 12-19-2014 02:40 AM



I like your idea for the free ones too.

- JoeinGa

Like most of us, I hate throwing stuff out before it’s absolutely useless.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 12-19-2014 06:55 AM

I bought some of the plastic ones and they work okay but are lightweight and want to slide or tip over. Seeing your homemade ones gives me the idea to attach them to some scrap wood to give them more weight and a better base.

-- Our's is not to reason why, our's is but to shuck and jive!

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#4 posted 12-19-2014 10:58 AM



I bought some of the plastic ones and they work okay but are lightweight and want to slide or tip over. Seeing your homemade ones gives me the idea to attach them to some scrap wood to give them more weight and a better base.

- Will50

Glad I was of help.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 12-19-2014 12:41 PM

I did the same with scrap MDF. Store them in a Foldgers coffee tub, works great. Highly recommended.

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#6 posted 12-19-2014 04:18 PM

Saw a guy on youtube that used the larger wire nuts. Talk about tippy. I’d knock them over in a heartbeat.
Your screws through square scrap is a much better idea, and Thanks.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 12-19-2014 10:32 PM

Darn you, Dave !!!! You’ve just shown me an intriguing new line item to add to my already overloaded project dance card!!

Thanks for posting this, though.

-- Ed

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#8 posted 12-19-2014 11:41 PM

Now I REALLY wish I remembered where I got this from.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#9 posted 12-20-2014 12:27 AM

just don’t drop one and then step on it

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#10 posted 12-20-2014 12:29 AM

I just looked around and found where I got this tip. It was at the end of this video by Chad Stanton. [link]

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#11 posted 12-20-2014 02:09 PM

Now I know what to do with all those scrap corner pieces from my EZ Mitre boxes. Thanks for that, I hate waste.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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