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Quick Tips Vol. 14

By: Erich Lage
Just some ideas that you can use to make life easier in the shop.

Sock for Safety Glasses Storage.

W229 009f02 John Doyle from Ankeny, IA, has found a way to keep his shop glasses from getting dusty. He stores them in an old (but clean) sock. This has the added benefit of protecting the glasses from being scratched if they get knocked off the workbench.

Benchtop Hand Sander Block.

W229 009f03 Scott Johnson of Pacific Grove, CA, takes small parts to the sanding block, not the other way around. W229 009f04 He made a simple MDF block and cleat that has a hardwood dowel in the underside to lock it in place. Then he sticks his sandpaper of choice to the block.

Bucket Recycling.

W229 009f05 Seeing an opportunity, James Bradley of Oceanside, CA, made use of an old five-gallon bucket for different tasks. Cutting just below the top structural rib leaves the bucket and handle intact. W229 009f07 The remaining lid and cut section can be used as a basin to clean saw blades.

Sander Rest.

W229 009f06 Dan Martin of Appleton, WI, has a simple solution for an ongoing problem. Instead of waiting for his random orbit sander to stop, he sets it on a face-up piece of the same sandpaper. While the sander slows, the soft loop side of the paper won’t harm the benchtop.

Published: Aug. 19, 2021
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