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Forum topic by jusfine posted 10-06-2010 05:24 AM 1823 views 0 times favorited 27 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-06-2010 05:24 AM

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The other day I had someone say they felt sorry for me and hoped everything would turn out alright.

I had no idea what he was talking about and asked what he was referring to.

He sheepishly said that he had seen my toothbrush in a cup in my shop, and assumed I was spending much more time there than I wanted to.
I will admit, I have almost slept there but I had to laugh and explain what I used it for – he was so relieved.

I thought of it again tonight as I was using one to scrub on one of my table saw blades that had gotten gummed up and it made me smile.

Do you use your recycled (used) toothbrush in the shop?

I find them invaluable for spreading glue on small areas when edge gluing, cleaning blades (the little tongue scraper on the back of the brush works well on stubborn spots on blades) or even on tools.

Is it me, am I just cheap, or what?

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#1 posted 10-06-2010 05:32 AM

Yep, I do that.
You have more than one?
Boy, talk about spoiled!

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#2 posted 10-06-2010 06:01 AM

I use them on my teeth and on glue … It taste pretty good HA HA HA.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 10-06-2010 06:06 AM

My bike wrenching shop is in the corner of my workshop.

In bike mechanics … toothbrushes are everything.

So … yeah: I’m in the habit of saving them, and using them for all kinds of clean-up work.

For glue spreading, I’ve been using lots of flux brushes, occasional gloved finger, and/but … I’ve now bought a few glue bottles—one with a roller, and one designed to fill biscuit slots. I’ll be using them, soon, too.

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 10-06-2010 08:23 AM

Toothbrushes were said to be invented by carpenters as they only nave one or two anyway, teeth that is. :)

-- $tudie

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#5 posted 10-06-2010 10:37 AM

never thought of using them in the shed (might start now tho) but I have used them as cleaning tools around the house for a long time.

-- Theresa,

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#6 posted 10-06-2010 11:22 AM

I keep a few for cleaning stuff; they can be real handy for cleaning old tools and what not.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 10-06-2010 11:38 AM

Since my wife got her dentures (Oh Crap,I wasn’t supposed to tell anyone)I use my wifes old power toothbrush to clean the dash in my vehicles. I actually buy tooth brushes to use in shop.(I also wear store bought teeth).

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#8 posted 10-06-2010 12:28 PM

Yeah, I use them for cleaning up glue squeezeout. I bring one out for my students and tell them they’ll have to share. You should see the looks I get. :P

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 10-06-2010 01:56 PM

I prefer the brass bristled ones. For saw blade cleaning…..not for teeth!
But for cleaning sawdust from gears and tight spots, for spreading glue, for lots of little cleaning jobs, they are great.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 10-06-2010 02:31 PM

As TJ has indicated, we women have been using toothbrushes as household cleaning implements for ever. Glad to see you boys are catching up. ;) I use my toothbrushes to clean mud out of the bark when I am working on a live edge bark on piece.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#11 posted 10-06-2010 02:56 PM

Tooth brushes are always handy in the shop. In fact I even have nail brushes and denture brushes in the shop for different uses. They also come in handy for band saw tire brushes.

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

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#12 posted 10-06-2010 03:06 PM

I reuse my old power tooth brushes for a detail power sander they work great.
I use peel and stick paper on it.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#13 posted 10-06-2010 03:54 PM

Have several toothbrushes in the workshop.

Jimthecarver…that idea of yours is brilliant!

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 10-06-2010 04:11 PM

I second swirt’s comment.

Sensational example of a ”... now why didn’t I think of that….”

It’s nice when this website SAVES you a buck or two, instead of COSTING money ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 10-06-2010 05:41 PM

The first one I made I cut the bristles off and used 5 min epoxy to hold the sanding pad on but it fell off soon after. I then used another brush head and pulled the bristles out in a twisting motion and used JB weld and it has worked flawlessly for hours and hours.
The pad is only welded to the rear receipricating part of the brush head but floats over the one that spins. It has been a very good tool to have for those tight spots that show but is way to difficult to sand by hand.
Thanks again.
God bless

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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