Brush rest DIY - MaFeSan style

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Brush rest
MaFeSan style.

1. Brush rest at use.
2. Drill some holes in a row.
3. Cut waste to form it.
4. Sand or cut to shape.
5. Last details and light sanding.
6. Dye and lacquer.

Paint brushes may never rest on the hairs, so leaving the brush in the water standing on the hairs are considered a death sin, especially when you have some nice sable brushes.
Also brushes that rolls to the floor are a sinner, so we want to prevent them from that.
The answer is a brush rest, these comes in many forms, one of them are the Japanese mountains, that I enjoy and so it was the choice this time.
(Can also be a fast made gift for a good friend or partner). ;-)

No excuse now for not taking care of your fine brushed.

Hope this can inspire,

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 07:51 PM

Sometimes, the simplest of things are the most important & useful!!!

Thanks for taking the time to remind us….

-- 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 01-03-2015 07:53 PM

Randy said it all!

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

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#3 posted 01-03-2015 08:05 PM

Mads. I really like the cove around the bottom. It is that kind of attention to detail that can make a project just pop.
Well done.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#4 posted 01-03-2015 08:34 PM

Very nice Mads. Gotta look after your brushes. I used to look after mine until my daughter found them. When I found out she’d taken them, they were already caked in dried glue and glitter.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 01-03-2015 10:46 PM

Know about the trick of using a tension spring above the water-filled glass to stick the brushes without having the brisks bottoming down in the glass? ;)

This stuff is neat, it can also double as a knife and fork rest when you’re having lunch over the workbench (SIN!)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#6 posted 01-04-2015 12:53 AM

Wow nice work Mads I have not forgotten you either

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 01-04-2015 03:10 AM

Nice work as always Mads.

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#8 posted 01-04-2015 04:11 AM

Ahh Mads, you do the little things so elegantly.
You’re making me feel really bad about the brush abuse I’ve perpetrated.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#9 posted 01-04-2015 11:38 AM

This is a gr8 idea Mads. My wife has been painting for about a year now, and I think she might like something like this. Thnx for posting.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 01-04-2015 01:30 PM

Well done again.

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

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#11 posted 01-04-2015 01:31 PM

Nice job Mads. Simplest but very useful. Like this

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#12 posted 01-04-2015 01:49 PM

Excellent Mads. I need something like that. I think I will make one, but maybe add a bowl or shallow drip tray to it. You have so many great ideas!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 01-04-2015 01:59 PM

Great work Mads, now we need to see some brush work! ;-)

-- I never finish anyth

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#14 posted 01-04-2015 03:22 PM

Elegant idea!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#15 posted 01-06-2015 02:12 PM

Simple. Easy. Elegant. Thanks for sharing, Mads!

-- God bless, Candy

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