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01-17-2011 01:00 PM

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I have come to the realization that I am a woodworker at heart ! I only say this because like so many of us who have the bug we can’t stop our selves from thinking about anything and everything to do with wood.When I wander outside of the workshop I find My self always thinking of my surroundings and how they could be relative to an ongoing project or future build on my endless TO DO LIST, and even possible upgrades for the work shop its self ! I constantly look at everyday items that go unnoticed by most,but from a woodworkers frame of mind, something as simple as a discarded container has my utmost attention. I will openly admit , I have a weakness for containers. Small , big ,square or round , anything I can hold nuts and bolts,nails and screws in ! I have a 6’x3’ file cabinet full of empty containers just waiting to be re-purposed !

So here is my question to woodworkers alike, What have You come across in Your everyday routine, outside of the woodshop, that You have re-purposed for the sake of woodworking ?

Here is my contribution to woodworking’s “TIP OF THE DAY”!!!

Next time You are out with the Family at Your local Japanese/Chinese Chop house and They offer up those packaged disposible CHOP STICKS, Politely ask Your loved ones to hand them over and opt for the more user friendly fork ! I Have found several uses for these freebies down in the shop, They make great paint/stain stir’s and I will use them to fill in mis- drilled holes and the round ones are cheap dowels in a pinch !

OK, I probably wouldn’t win any great tool give away with this TIP, but it’s a start.

SO, WHAT IS YOUR TIP OF THE DAY ? Looking forward to any helpful gems ! ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 02:11 PM

A great addition to any shop, right over a bench is a toilet paper holder ! No need for Kleenex, handy for small wipeups if you spill, softer than a paper towel,
great for polishing glasses (no smeary lotion like some tissues ) used a bunch yesterday putting some
rust remover/polish (AutoSol ) on some metal plane parts. Handy for the final wipe on a spray can tip , and
on and on..

(and my bulk stock is just out the door under the basement stairs ..)

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 02:28 PM

Bamboo skewers come in handy for pinning something to a dowel.

Material from a milk jug to make a glue spreader or as a crude alternative for thin Delrin/UHMW.

Yeah, I’ve scavenged Chopstix for years. Havn’t made much with them….... yet.

Drinking straws to use as a syringe to squirt glue in a crack.

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

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 02:59 PM

If you are using exotic (expensive) wood, even the small scraps make attractive refrigerator magnets.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 05:21 PM

1 quart oil bottles cut in half and cleaned out make good small parts bins.
Those little ketchup containers at fast food places are great for putting glue in.

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

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 05:38 PM

I save the water from the dehumidifier in my studio.
It’s essentially distilled water and great for use when mixing dyes and grain-raising – no mineral contaminants.

-- 温故知新

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 05:49 PM

“1 quart oil bottles cut in half and cleaned out make good small parts bins.” And the other half is a funnel.

Rare earth magnet with cup. Put a nail or screw thru the hole in the cup. Install magnet: instant hanging hook.

-- Please Pray for Our Troops / Semper Fi / Bob Ross /

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 06:00 PM

Here is a take off on the oil bottle. Instead of cutting in half, lay on one side and cut a large hole in the other side. Then you can lay them out on a small shelf with many of these and the identification of what is inside is on the lid. The neck also makes a good handle when grabbing the container. You can also build a small shelf unit to hold many of these in a small space.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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#8 posted 01-17-2011 06:17 PM

Plastic Peanut Butter jars are by far my most favorite and most used recyclable shop accessory. They work great for parts storage. They are the perfect size, not to big not to small, they wont break if dropped, they are clear so you can see whats in them and the lid screws on nice and tight. They can also be used to hold finish or other liquids.

My 2nd favorite recyclable container is small glass baby food jars. I use these for the really small parts and also for glue containers and finish containers.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#9 posted 01-17-2011 10:16 PM

pint size mason jars are great to keep different fininshes in.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#10 posted 01-17-2011 10:22 PM

buy baby bottle brushes and toilet bowl brushes and use them to clean up and under your table saws worm gear and any other hard to reach places on your stationary power tools. They worn’t mar or scratch.. easy to use between deep cleaning.

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#11 posted 01-17-2011 10:28 PM

Don’t put off another day if you can help it of not having air lines on a hose reel and cords on a cord reel. Took me years of tangled hell before figuring that out.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 01-17-2011 11:36 PM

Pizza boxes for storing band saw blades. I just coil them, put them in the box and stack on a shelf. Safer than hanging them on the wall, and the box protects the blade pretty well.

If you ask at most pizza places, they’ll even give you a clean box! Or maybe you like the smell of pepperoni with your sawdust.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 01-18-2011 12:05 AM

Here’s one. The captions are hard to make out in the pic. It’s an aux fence for a Biese type fence that uses rare earth magnets and an L-bracket to hold it in place instead of drilling.

Here’s another for holding small parts without a special parts holder…a quick grip type clamp works very well in a pinch:
Don’t have one of these?

Try this instead…

And one more for loosening planer blade screws that are stuck… an impact driver works like a charm when the handheld hex wrenches won’t do the trick.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#14 posted 01-18-2011 12:07 AM

Many of the tips above deal with storage for small parts. I, as a turner, have plenty of small parts storage with the bowls that did not come out like I wanted.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#15 posted 01-18-2011 01:46 AM

Packing tape for dry assemblies, especially miters. It will hold the assembly together and you can still see the fit.

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

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