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Blog entry by nobuckle posted 11-07-2012 10:18 PM 1241 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I’ve been making some changes to my shop. During the process I decided to put some smaller casters on my Kennedy roll-around tool box. I was down to the last caster and was having some trouble holding one of the bolts in place. Every time I put the bolt in place, and then tried to put the caster on, it would fall out on the inside of the box. Take a look at what I mean.

Here is what I’m trying to accomplish

Here is what keeps happening

All I want to do keep that bolt from pushing back into the cabinet. But how?

Allow me to introduce our handy dandy friend the magnetic base.

As you can see I use the magnetic base to hold the bolt in place. This simple idea allowed me to put the nut and washer on so I could finish the project.

I know it may not involve wood, other then the plywood on the bottom of the box, but I thought it might come in handy if you should find yourself in the same predicament.

Thanks for looking.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#1 posted 11-07-2012 10:40 PM

I’ve run into similar issues. I just use duct tape to hold the bolt in place, until I can get the nut on. Yours is a much more elegant solution!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 11-07-2012 10:45 PM

I’ve even cut a scrap and jammed it in there. I don’t have one of those fancy magnets. Making do with what you have. That’s what its about.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 11-08-2012 02:43 AM

Red Green fan here. Duct tape comes to mind.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#4 posted 11-08-2012 06:12 PM

Wonderful idea.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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