|Forum topic by C_PLUS_Woodworker||posted 02-18-2014 06:44 AM||1380 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
02-18-2014 06:44 AM
PVC cup with magnet—-for Pencils and Magic Markers and 4 “ Combo-Square ….
I am forever running out into my shop to work for a few minutes and do not put my apron on……. So, I never have handy all the stuff that is in my shop apron, e.g. pencils, markers, lefty-righty tape measure, pocketknife (marking knife) dust collector remote control and 4 “combo-square.
That is what I keep in my apron.
Trying to work without that stuff is so very frustrating.
I know, I know, put your damn apron on. But……..
So, on each machine………. where I might do measuring or marking or extending lines or cutting a square cut, or whatever………. I stick on a set of these little” handy-dandy’s”.
I got (more than) a little carried away with this. Tried out different strengths of HF magnets. I tried all the smaller magnets……. in different combinations ………until I got up onto the more powerful magnets. Then it got Perfect.
I wanted these cups and the measuring tape to be (1) handy (2) out-of-the-way, and (3) did not want them falling off if I breathed on them too hard.
I wanted the cups to “act” permanent, but not actually BE permanent.
I wanted the tape magnet so that it would hold it in place, but that I didn’t have to rassel it off the machine.
The 90 lb magnet is perfect for holding the pencil cup in place. Really does not want to move. Will not get “brushed off”. But, also, it ain’t permanent. Wonderful.
Ran a 1” carriage bolt on a washer from inside the cup to the outside and through the hole in the magnet. Put on the nut, and then used my grinder to grind off any of the bolt that was proud of the magnetic side so it would lay flat. Perfect. The grinding disturbed the function of the nut and the bolt at that point ……so they will not loosen and come off. The grinder even got the bolt a little “inside” the sticking face of the magnet. Perfect.
The 30 lb magnet is perfect to epoxy onto the back of the tape. It holds, but no problem at all taking it off the metal it is stuck to for use. Perfect. AND, and it comes off exactly in the perfect position in my hand (for me, at least) and ready to use. Perfect.
I have NEVER found a way to keep the controller on my dust collector remote system from falling off the dust collector, or getting pulled off, or, in general, just being a PIA.
I did not want this unit to “move” at all either, but did not want it permanent. The 90 lb magnet epoxied to the back of the unit………. not covering any holes or screws in the back of the controller………just perfect.
A lot of little stupid stuff, I know……but handy for me…..and glad I did it.