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Blog entry by Roger posted 07-09-2012 11:35 PM 1792 reads 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not sure if this is the right place to post this “tip”, but, here it is…......pretty simple.. Never ever throw out your old toothbrushes. I’ve got em with ez access to one everywhere in my shop. I always use it when drilling holes in deep stock, and just anytime that I think the bit may be gettin plugged up a little. While retracting the bit to release the chips, I’ll hit it with the toothbrush, and it cleans out those gullets. Helps keep the bit from gettin hot, and dull. What’dya think? u may already do this

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net



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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 07-09-2012 11:37 PM

Good idea! thx ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 07-09-2012 11:43 PM

Great tip….I also have an old cheap electric toothbrush that I use as a mini sander. LOL Works great.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#3 posted 07-09-2012 11:50 PM

I also keep a bunch of toothbrushes in the shop. For the last 30+ years I have been going to the same dentist and they always tell me how important it is to use a good electric toothbrush…and I always say I do use one…and then just before I leave they give me a new manual toothbrush and a mini tube of toothpaste and dental floss.
Well…I guess you know where the manual ones get used…

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 07-09-2012 11:57 PM

That’s a great idea, Roger! Certainly one that I will try. Thanks for posting it. :)

Sheila

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#5 posted 07-10-2012 12:07 AM

I find tooth brushes very useful in the shop. They come in handy for just about everything from gluing to cleaning.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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lew

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#6 posted 07-10-2012 12:08 AM

You need to submit this to the magazines- might net you a couple of bucks!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 07-10-2012 12:28 AM

Great idea. I always take the ole brushes to the shop for odd reasons.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Roger

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#8 posted 07-10-2012 12:36 AM

thnx everyone. Greg: for sure… never ever throw out a toothbrush, unless the brushes are missing haha. Lew: I did send it to Wood Mag… ??? who knows. Jay: I could see where an electric one would come in handy for nooks-n-crannies in small areas.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 07-10-2012 02:09 AM

I always enjoy see ‘tips’ from others. I too save all my old toothbrushes for the shop.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Roger

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#10 posted 07-10-2012 02:17 AM

When posting this, I was thinking there should be a TIPS tab up there with the forums, reviews, etc. I know every single person on here has somethin to offer

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Dave

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#11 posted 07-10-2012 02:30 AM

Agreed

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#12 posted 07-10-2012 05:02 AM

They are great for other purposes than designed, thanks for the tip

-- Norman

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NormG

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#13 posted 07-10-2012 05:03 AM

They are great for other purposes than designed, thanks for the tip

-- Norman

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#14 posted 07-10-2012 05:08 AM

Roger:

Great idea! As long as we’re talking about “Tips” and using the Drill Press for Drilling Holes, getting Hot, and smoking due to Sawdust Accumulation I’ll trade you One For One ..LOL..

The reason it Burns is because the Dust has nowhere to go. I found this one about a year ago and it works like a Charm! It’s an ”Exit Hole” that gets rid of the Dust as you drill.

#2- It Doesn’t have to be a Forstner Bit but 1/2” is about The Minimum Size and naturally you drill it all the way through.

Regards: Rick

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#15 posted 07-10-2012 09:47 AM

Good idea using the toothbrushes Roger, that should solve an annoying problem. The hole saw idea from Rick looks good too, but I usually retract the saw a few times while sawing and that seems to clear the kerf. That said, I don’t use hole saws a lot, so it might not work with some types of wood.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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