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01-30-2013 01:08 PM

I was messing around in my shop the other night, and started thinking of some of the things I do to save money. I thought of a few things that most people would throw away, that I keep and repurpose. Then that made me think of LJ and I thought it would be a good thread to start so we could all share our money saving ideas. Since I am putting more money into my woodworking right now than I am getting back, I like to try to save as much money as possible. Here are a few of the things I don’t throw away:
1)Plastic screw containers
-they work great for disposable glue/DNA/MS containers. I like to pour some glue in it and use a brush to apply it, if you keep the lid on, then you can close it and it will last days to weeks, then when your done or it dries up, toss it!
2)Empty toilet paper/paper towel rolls
-cut off a 1in section, cut it open, then slip it over your bar clamp to protect your wood from the bar. Then if you get any glue squeeze out, you are only stuck to cardboard. It also barely raises the wood off the bar so it doesn’t complicate glue up at all.
3)The obvious glass jars(baby food, salsa, pickles, etc)
-great for mixing finishes, glue, the list goes on…
-spreading glue and cleaning
5)Used steel wool
-works great as a fire starter if you have a woodburner
6)Coffee cans
-storage containers, solvent containers for cleaning brushes etc…
I’m pretty sure there was another but now I can’t think of it, so that’s all I have for now!

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 01:20 PM

soup cans
two by two
one over the other
screwed to the wall
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

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#2 posted 01-30-2013 01:37 PM

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

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#3 posted 01-30-2013 02:33 PM

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. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 01-30-2013 03:01 PM

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

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#5 posted 01-30-2013 07:25 PM

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

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#6 posted 01-30-2013 07:35 PM

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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#7 posted 01-30-2013 07:53 PM

Good thought process Shelly. Interesting thread.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.



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#8 posted 01-30-2013 08:03 PM

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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#9 posted 01-30-2013 08:07 PM

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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#10 posted 01-30-2013 08:30 PM

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 Timmons -

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#11 posted 01-30-2013 09:07 PM

@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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#12 posted 01-30-2013 09:42 PM

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

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#13 posted 01-30-2013 10:29 PM

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

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#14 posted 01-30-2013 10:55 PM

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

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#15 posted 01-30-2013 11:07 PM

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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