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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 4:07 pm 
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I will go first.

The best shop rags I have ever found are the blue surgical towels. They are lintless, last a long time, are easy to wash and cost less than a buck a piece on the internet including shipping. They work great for everything from general cleanup to staining.

What quick tip do you have for your shop.


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Keep your gorilla glue upside down it will stay soft at the tip and harden at the bottom

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This is going to be a great thread! :) I think I'll have to ponder this for a while tho, since it's going to be tough to come up with something that is not well known, and the folks here are the best there is at tips and tricks :D .

We had a thread a few years ago about "stuff" that everyone should have in the shop, that contained a lot of ideas along these lines. Maybe Mango could find it and link to it.

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Keep a bar of soap or a toilet ring (bees wax) in the workshop. Stick your screws in either to help lubicate the threads to make it easier to put the screw into wood.

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Use a glue stick to stick patterns onto wood. Inexpensive, non-toxic and easier to remove than spray adhesives.

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I will go Mango one better. I keep all solvent paints, stains, finishes, etc. upside down on the shelf. Been doing it for years. Keeps from forming a scum across the top of the material.

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Hey Scot,

Great idea.

I keep a roll of waxed paper in the shop for keeping glue away from where it doesn't belong, and when I'm done with the glue up, I wad up the waxed paper and rub down my machine tables with it.

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I'm gona love this thread!!! Learned a few things all ready!
I use the slivers (1/8"- 1/4") from ripping wood to size and cut them to 6" to 12" long for paint and stain mixers and put them in a peanut can. then after using them for the intended purpose, toss them into the scrap bucket! I know the mixers are free at the paint store but, they usually are too big for a quart or pint can and I might as well use my scrap for something!!! :-D

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Donate your cutofffs and shorts to your local Art Teacher, they make all kinds of stuff, and in intersting ways. Especially the tiny stuff.

Beisdes you know,.. we can't keep it all, and it keeps the shop clean.

Thanks James,

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When edge-gluing boards, put masking tape on the clamps so the glue drips don't get on the clamps.

It's hard to get the dried glue off of pipe clamps--DAMHIKT :roll:

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I like to use the blue masking tape on any pieces that will be against a bearing on a routered edge. After I'm done with the rout I remove the tape and do one last pass-- the removal of the tape allows for one last tiny pass that removes any burning. The tape also gives me a great indication if my bushing is stuck-- it will pull the tape away or tear it and this allows me to stop the rout and fix the bearing. A couple of strips of tape on the fence will do the same thing (though without the bearing fault detector)

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Don't let weasels near the ice cream after midnight...

And, buy your glue in large containers - split it with other area woodworkers and save a bundle...

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The clear packaging tape is handy to have around. I use it on cauls to keep them from sticking to the boards when glueing up wide panels, and for other things where I don't want glue to stick.

Large rubber bands are useful for many things also.

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Biscuits can pick up moisture in Summer so I like to place a small selica gel sachet with them in a close up jar so to keep them dry.


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Don't leave your compressor plugged in. It may burn your shop/house down.

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And make sure there is no dust in the motor housing.

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In my shop, I don't have a stationary sander. So when I need that capability, I clamp my belt sander topside down in my WorkMate bench. A cable tie left on the belt sander's handle keeps the shop vac hose in place for dust collection.

Roger's idea of saving thin strips is something I also do. Just yesterday, I needed a short one the size of a popsicle stick to mix a small batch of epoxy....that reminds me...

When using epoxy, leave the mixing stick in the small amount of unused epoxy to tell you when the stuff has set enough to be able to handle the glued workpiece.

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shapij wrote:
In my shop, I don't have a stationary sander. So when I need that capability, I clamp my belt sander topside down in my WorkMate bench. A cable tie left on the belt sander's handle keeps the shop vac hose in place for dust collection.

This reminded me of a homemade mount for doing this, that avoids putting too much strain on the sander from clamping. It was a pretty simple thing: basically a couple of "fingers" that you hook the front handle under and the back end rests on a wood "cushion". They are mounted to a "T" platform that you can clamp on your bench vise or workmate, rather than squeezing the life out of the sander . DAMHIK :wink: :cry: Saw it in Woodsmith tips, I think, a couple years ago.

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Don't leave your compressor plugged in. It may burn your shop/house down.

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And make sure there is no dust in the motor housing.

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Years ago I installed a relay in an enclosure, that closed when ever the lights were turned on. This relay controls my compressor. If the lights are out the compressor won't cycle.

I did this primarily because I went out of town a lot and if a hose blew the compressor would run until I got home.

This would be another advantage. :wink:

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Keeps your tools close at hand and improves the light. 8)

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