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Quick Tips Vol. 38

By: Erich Lage & Logan Wittmer
Often it's the Little Things that Make your Day in the Shop.

Dowel Pegboard Hook.

04 04 01 Ralph Visco of Lima, OH found that the shape of a many pegboard hooks get in the way and can make it awkward to get a tool off its holder. Instead, he discovered that the 1⁄4" dowels that come in small packages make perfect tool holders. The dowels fit the pegboard and are great for hanging items up.

Plastic Sign Protector.

04 04 03 William Collett of Bettendorf, IA found a good use for old plastic political and yard sale signs. William uses them as an assembly mat when he’s working on a project. They’re usually available for free after election season, and they can be used multiple times before being discarded.

Workbench Mat.

04 04 05 Jim VanWiltz of Harlan, IA found that a carpeted floor runner was the perfect workbench mat. The mat provides a cushion to prevent dinging parts and also keeps them in place while he is working with them. Best of all, the floor runners are inexpensive at most big-box stores.

Manual Keeper.

04 04 07 Richard Leif of Port Hillard, MA got tired of shoving his power tool manuals inside of a shop cabinet. Instead, Richard decided to store them at the machine using a clear expanding portfolio. The portfolio attaches to the side of the machine with double-sided tape and closes to keep the dust out.

Published: April 4, 2024
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