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Don't throw that away!!

by shelly_b
posted 443 days ago


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patron

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#1 posted 443 days ago

soup cans
two by two
one over the other
screwed to the wall
bench
or tool stand

top one for sharp pencils
bottom for dull

sharpen the dull
from time to time
and replace in the top can

the gremlins can’t keep up
with stealing them

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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ClayandNancy

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#2 posted 443 days ago

Pill bottles for different screw driver bits. Left over pieces of PVC for storing dowels or a pencil holder.

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Roger

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#3 posted 443 days ago

A lotta gr8 tips Shelly. Lids from things like sour creme, etc., for mixing epoxy on. once they dry, you can even reuse them because the epoxy will usually pop right off.

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

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 443 days ago

I love the new plastic coffee containers such as folgers. They make great bin boxes and are also attractive. Of course I have a hoarder's nature when it comes to keeping possibly useful things anyways.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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MonteCristo

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#5 posted 443 days ago

small pieces of arborite (formica). They make great shims for levelling equipment, dialling in a cut, . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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SCOTSMAN

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#6 posted 443 days ago

The old screws from screw in teeth come in top and bottom size screws these should be kept seperately so you can use the top ones for ceiling fixes and the bottom screws for floor fixings work great every time. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 443 days ago

Good thought process Shelly. Interesting thread.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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BRAVOGOLFTANGO

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#8 posted 443 days ago

I use Truvia vs Sugar so my wife saves me the clear containers. They are great for Kreg screws & plugs, or any screw in general. I have a Lowe’s plastic storage bing hoodoh on the wall but I end up putting more odd junk in that thing than actual screws, etc. No idea why, I like organization, but I suck at it when it comes to mounting hardware for some reason. I could probably open my own Home Depot with the extras I bought thinking I was out of…haha…Used to do that with mustard when I was single too…I’d have a dozen containers of mustard in the fridge because I couldn’t remember if I was out…ahaha…anyway, moving right along, nothing to see here.

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Emma Walker

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#9 posted 443 days ago

I save all of my old Velcro sandpaper pads and glue regular sandpaper over the top of the old sandpaper.

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.

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BTimmons

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#10 posted 443 days ago

About using steel wool as a fire starter with a wood burner – You can hold a 9 volt battery to steel wool to do the same thing. No wood burner needed.

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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joein10asee

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#11 posted 443 days ago

@Brian… just never drop a 9volt in your pocket with a handful of change. Dont hafta ask me how I know this! :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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crank49

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#12 posted 443 days ago

Used to love 35mm film bottles.
Nobody makes film any more:^(

-- Michael :-{| Diapers and politicians both need to be changed often; and for the same reason.

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BTimmons

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#13 posted 443 days ago

Joe, that must have made an impression on you. Ouch.

-- Brian in Arlington, TX

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joein10asee

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#14 posted 443 days ago

Yep. It really caught me by surprize when my pants caught on FIRE !

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shelly_b

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#15 posted 443 days ago

lol i will have to remember that about the battery…good thing i usually don’t have pockets big enough to carry around 9v batteries. these are all really good ideas! i might have to go home and dig through the trash lol…but i will def be throwing away less “trash” :)

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teejk

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#16 posted 443 days ago

helluv is winning so far…those plastic coffee containers! I have water run out to my shop building but afraid to liven it yet so I take water from the house in those things. And I have assorted hex bolts stored in one. And I use one for disgarded razor blades.

Other than that, guess I’m getting old enough now to realize that much of what I think I might use gets tossed. Shorter walk to dump at the house rather than take it to the shop and then back to the house to go in the garbage. Being a good German, it took a while to realize that.

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shelly_b

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#17 posted 443 days ago

Alistair-what are screw in teeth?

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shelly_b

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#18 posted 443 days ago

I really like the plastic coffee cans for storage, but the metal ones are great to toss rags that have oils, stains, or other combustibles in so I can let them dry out and not worry about my shop catching fire while i’m sleeping lol. then toss them in the trash on trash day.

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joein10asee

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#19 posted 443 days ago

Shelly, your “trash” link in post #15 is no workie!

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Don W

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#20 posted 443 days ago

Business cards\old credit cards for spreading glue.
mustard containers for glue.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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shelly_b

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#21 posted 443 days ago

ohh oops, i didn’t mean to make it a click on word, i just put quotations around it!

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Dennisgrosen

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#22 posted 443 days ago

and the classic of upcycling pallets to projects and to practice on
old plastic bottle /containers can be used alot of different ways
old oildrums in different sizeĀ“s can be reused as a speciel shelfsystem when cut in two
and painted even an old car can be used as a shelfunit cabinet
old doors to workbenches / tables

Dennis

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shelly_b

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#23 posted 443 days ago

guess my smiley face was too close…now i know the shortcut to make a link lol

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shelly_b

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#24 posted 443 days ago

you can also cut the cards to certain profiles, i have even stuck in on a peice of wood and ran it through the router to get a profile. that was to spread spackelding on window trim though, but i’m sure it would work with wood filler too

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shelly_b

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#25 posted 443 days ago

and a mustard bottle is a great idea! i’m always looking for better ideas to apply glue, and for smaller containers so i can buy in bulk

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joein10asee

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#26 posted 443 days ago

”and painted even an old car can be used as a shelfunit cabinet ”

You’ve turned a CAR into a shelving unit? I wanna SEE THAT!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Don W

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#27 posted 443 days ago

All the kids left over school supplies. Quarter used notebooks, pencils, erasers, etc.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a well tuned hand plane. - http://timetestedtools.wordpress.com (timetestedtools at hotmail dot c0m)

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bullhead1

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#28 posted 443 days ago

I take those clear plastic containers that cookies, muffins etc come in to store hinges, knobs, picture hangers,etc. that way I can easily see what is in each container. I also keep the bottom of egg cartons to use when I finish and spray edges of things. Just tear off the bottom and stack them up till needed. Set my material on top to kepp off my spray table.

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Tomoose

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#29 posted 443 days ago

We have a supplier at our office that always drops off a bunch of monthly desk calendars that are about 16×20 inches that nobody likes to use. I use them on my bench under small glue-ups, when spraying spray adhesive, or whatever. All the drippings and/or over-spray go on the top sheet, and then you just tear off the top month and are good to go again for a while. Better than just tossing them into the recycle bin. I also use the little boxes that checks come in to keep small things handy – like the used hotel key cards I like to use for glue spreaders.

Tom

-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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Dallas

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#30 posted 443 days ago

Plastic grocery bags.

For glue ups. Glue don’t stick to hard.

For covering small stuff. Tent a bag over your small box to let the finish cure.

Small children… Let them jump off the shop roof thinking it will work like a parachute.

edit Oops, I guess I shouldn’t have added that last one.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#31 posted 443 days ago

I finally put a ton of that stuff in the recycle bin. I still have a good supply ;-))

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

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patron

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#32 posted 443 days ago

i do the mustard / ketchup bottle thing to
they are cheap at wlmart

just be cool
the first on i tried worked just fine
till i squeezed it a little to hard
and top blew off
got half the glue in a pool
all over the work

it was the single and the cheapest on they had then (m)
i went back and got a double pack (m&c)
a little more but the tops stay on
and the opening is big enough to pour into

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Jim Finn

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#33 posted 443 days ago

I use old phone books to mix sawdust and glue to make wood filler and also use them to wipe any glue off of my fingers while doing glue ups. I just tear the cover off and lay it on my bench then tear off sheet by sheet as I use it.

-- In God We Trust

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bullhead1

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#34 posted 443 days ago

Jim, we use our old phone books in a different way. I glue them to a scrap of wood, tear the cover off and put them on top of the toilet bowl tank! I like your idea and may have to change my approach and put the stack of old newspapers on the tiolet bowl tank and take the phone books to the shop. But then what do I use to cover my spray/paint table with? I’ll be up all night doing the math on this one.

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Dennisgrosen

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#35 posted 443 days ago

join10asee :-)

not me but I think this can inspire you

http://lumberjocks.com/Dennisgrosen/blog/29490

Dennis

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cutworm

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#36 posted 443 days ago

I grab a rubber band any time I can. But I have a small shop and can’t keep much that isn’t absolutely necessary.

-- "Actions speak louder than words but not nearly as often." - Mark Twain

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Emma Walker

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#37 posted 443 days ago

Bullhead1,
My great grandma told my she grew up having to use an outhouse and that’s where there old Sears catalogs went. They’d have to wad them up and roll them around in their hands just to soften them up before wiping. As she said you don’t want a paper cut down there.

-- I'm a twisted 2x4 in a pile of straight lumber.

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runswithscissors

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#38 posted 443 days ago

Use old glue bottles for mustard.

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Dallas

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#39 posted 442 days ago

Emma…. Don’t use the shiny pages!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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shelly_b

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#40 posted 441 days ago

all good ideas… but i think i will stick with tp in the br lol. patron, that would be aweful!! i picked up one at walmart lastnight that wasn’t really cheap…but a gave it a good squeeze test first anyway!! I live in a small town so our phone book is only 1/4-1/2 in thick, but it would work for a few days lol.

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mariva57

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#41 posted 441 days ago

Hello Selly-b, I also use the trays for ice cream
store small items. (see photo)

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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shelly_b

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#42 posted 441 days ago

you eat alot of icecream! lol great idea though! i like how neatly they stack


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