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02-16-2011 10:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: glue gluing floppy disk

Hey! I finally found a use for those old floppy disks I have laying around everywhere.

They make excellent glue spreaders.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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#1 posted 02-16-2011 10:20 PM

3.5”, 5.25”, or 8”?

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#2 posted 02-16-2011 10:25 PM

thank´s for the tip


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#3 posted 02-16-2011 10:42 PM

dbhost , 3.5” with the hard plastic shell. 5.25” and 8” ??? either your as old as me or you saw those in an antique store someplace. I don’t even have any of them around anymore, use the flash sticks now with much greater storage. but they don’t work as glue spreaders very well.

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#4 posted 02-16-2011 10:58 PM

Must they be properly formatted for either Titebond or Elmers?

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#5 posted 02-16-2011 11:15 PM

“3.5”, 5.25”, or 8”?” Dbhost you shouldn’t show your age like that!

I found they make pretty good coasters also.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 02-16-2011 11:31 PM

I use the floaters (cd’s and dvd’s that don’t record properly) and ones that come in advertisments in the mail for spacers on my saw blade hooks..they also work for setting grinders and rotary tools on…..and they really do make great coasters in the workshop.

I hadn’t found a use for the old floppies….that is a great suggestion…..I have several that I did not want to throw away as they had info I didn’t want to share with whomever….usually I will rip them up and burn or shred the magnetic disk part….now I will certainly use em to spread glue….if someone wants to try and get the info off of one that is coated in dried wood glue… my guest…LOL

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#7 posted 02-17-2011 01:30 AM

reggiek What do you mean by spacers for saw blade hooks? In a dado set?

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

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#8 posted 02-17-2011 02:24 PM


You made my day even better! That was FUNNY! Thanks for the chuckle.

Topamax, I think he sticks them between his saw blades for storage on pegs.

-- 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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#9 posted 02-17-2011 07:50 PM

That makes sense. I don’t store them on pegs. Never thought of that possiblility;-)

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

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#10 posted 02-17-2011 08:04 PM

I have an 8” floppy disk on my desk – what’s the issue. I recently threw away a 10MB full hieght harddisk that I bought new, the controller no longer works in current computers.

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#11 posted 02-17-2011 08:08 PM

What about the Punchcards !!! or Cassette Storage !!!

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#12 posted 02-17-2011 08:38 PM

Back in the late Stone Age, my folks had a largish collection of 78 rpm “Big Band” records from the 40’s. They got played a lot and by the mid 50’s they were pretty well worn out. One day, Pop took my brother and I into a field for some shotgun practice and we blasted those records instead of using clay birds.

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#13 posted 02-18-2011 12:30 AM

Topamax….Gene has it correct…..I keep my blades on pegs by the saw as I change the blades out alot (I rip alot of construction lumber and don’t want to use a good WWII on pitchy pine and junk wood that might have metal intrusions). I also have several blades for MDF and Ply along with several types of dado and rabbett blades….So I use the cd/dvds as spacers on the pegs so the carbide cutters on the saw do not bang against each other and possibly get damaged.

Sawkerf….sounds like fun..might have to shoot a few cd/dvds. Wonder how well they would work as sporting clays…LOL

I do recommend using the old floppy boxes (plastic ones with clear lids, as holders for power carving bits….drill holes in a piece of hardwood or other material that fits in the box…and wallah….a nice burr holder.

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#14 posted 02-18-2011 02:15 AM

8”??? someone is showing their age!

(looking at a still-sealed box of 8” floppies on my computer storage shelf… sigh)

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#15 posted 02-18-2011 05:12 AM

You know I’m not that old but soon disc will be one too.

I like the clay pigeon ID.

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