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Hobo Stew Vol. 2

By: Erich Lage
Some Handy Tips that You can Throw in the Pot and Keep on Simmer Until Needed.

Fence Ties.

hb 01 hb 01b Dave Rodman of Minot, ND, uses aluminum fence ties that he bends into custom shapes for hanging molding and picture frames while they dry. They can also be reshaped with pliers for many uses around the shop. The ties store easily until they’re needed again.

SAE & Metric Conversion Table.

hb 02 Min-Hao Kuo of East Lansing, MI, created a conversion table in a spreadsheet program to quickly find the equivalent fractions, decimals, or millimeters. He then made custom-sized charts as needed. He stores a copy with his calipers to aid in drill bit sizing.

Workbench Trash Collection.

hb 03 For a quick cleanup, Len Urban of Rancho Mirage, CA, attaches a trash bag to the end of his workbench. Two binder clips screwed to the bench hold a wood slat and the bag in place. When finished, he empties the bag in preparation for the next task.

Extend the Life of Sandpaper.

hb 04b hb 04a hb 04c When flattening the backs of chisels, Michael Goodwin of Springville, IN, extends the life of his sandpaper by placing a rare-earth magnet in a baggie and running it over the surface. He then turns the bag inside out to discard the filings.

Published: Dec. 29, 2021
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