At my age, 20/20 is hindsight. - handsawgeek
In the handsawgeek blog file reside a number of entries which I have written over the past few weeks that I would consider as filler material. These are ‘waiting in the wings’ for those weeks in which I don’t really have any significant shop or project progress to report (I’m thinking lathe stand), but still want to maintain a weekly blog schedule. Cut and paste…(sigh).
This is one such offering…..
Every time I go shopping at the BORG, I always make it a point to stop by the paint desk and grab a couple of those freebie wood paint stir sticks they always have sitting around in buckets. (Nowadays, you have to ask a paint desk employee for the larger of the two sizes).
These have become a staple in the handsawgeek shop because they can be used for so many things.
Here are a few uses I’ve come up with: Wood clamp pads, shallow drawer/box dividers, furniture leveling shims, rip-cut kerf wedges, story sticks, make-shift winding sticks, hand plane rests (to keep the iron up off the bench), key ring holders, garden row markers, plant spikes, small tool racks, small parts templates, drill marking guides, sandpaper ‘files’, bench stops (for face planing thin boards), edge trim for small plywood panels.
And not to mention the many small parts that have been fashioned from them for use in toy projects.
I’m sure all you fellow LJrs out there could think of many more uses.
Stir sticks even featured prominently in the construction of the Hudnut Sorter I blogged about awhile back.
I even used a couple of them to fashion myself a poor man’s center finder tool for marking dowels and lathe turnings.
Oh, and did I mention that they work great for use in stirring paint and stain?
Basically, they are just a handy item to have hanging around the shop any time one needs a short, thin piece of wood.
The only down side to these sticks is the inked-on advertising that has to be sanded off if they are to be used in any sort of visible part of a project.
Now let’s see….how many stir sticks would I need to glue up into larger boards to build that Chippendale High Boy reproduction……