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Workshop operational tips. #21: Refresh the memory and Graffiti your tools.

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Blog entry by LittleBlackDuck posted 06-01-2020 08:44 AM 1079 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Boys and Girls,

If you suffer a case of forgetfulness and remember how to read, continue, otherwise… hmmm… I forget… come back later… things might have changed.

I am getting old quicker than birthdays seem to come around. While Uncle Alzhi hasn’t caught up to me (yet), I’m a guilty advocate of,
  • Hate to RTFM.
  • Loathe to play what-ifs with a chain of allen keys or wrenches/sockets.
  • Continually skin knuckles or strip threads in trying to twist things the wrong way.
  • Cause ill-rest in the household with the proliferation of prolonged, profound profanities.
  • … and many more shortcomings that I care not to remember.

If you can relate to any of the above symptoms, salvation is at hand… with the dexterous use of a texta (sharpie in Yankee speak)
There are far too many things to concern oneself in the workshop than trying to remember/recall that fine print in the bloody manual that no one ever needs or bothers to read, until the book can’t be found and you have all 3 hands full of activity needing immediate attention.

Now this revelation is not in writing instructions on the back of your hand or on the forehead (even if you can read backwards), but to use a texta to deface your tools in an endeavor to refresh your memory.

I have gone around and written handy tips onto my tools with a texta and refresh it whenever it starts to fade/wear. These tips can be in the format of a number, a word, a full paragraph or even a song.

Some may think I have to be a scatter brain or mentally challenged to have to write these “instruction”, that I may be, however, all I will own up to is that with all the different machines in my workshop, it’s another variable I don’t have to fret over… my tools, my shop, my rules and my lack of memory…

Here is a collection of my cheat sheets to give some ideas to get you started…

Reminder to lower the table to a specific height for function change on my jointer/thicknesser combo,

and an around about way, to pull the plug to flip the lid,

raised table compensation for the thin stock sled (actually you need to subtract and not add… but, I already know that),

and indicate the lock position for feeder,

Even brand new tools get a tag for open/close direction of collete,

Allen key size for bandsaw bearing adjustment,

and the bandsaw’s fence adjuster rotation direction for the away direction,

Drum sander Up/Down rotation direction,

Spanner size for drum sander bolt head,

Spindle sander release direction. Diagram indicated the rotation of the attachment not to be confused with the spindle… remember it’s a left hand thread,

I have 3 buffs for my 2 wheel slow speed grinder so each buff could finish up on either wheel depending on order of change. As the left hand spindle has a left hand thread, marking the side the buff is oriented makes undoing the nut a 1st. up operation.

The markings refer to the outside facing of the buff… RHS mount,

LHS mount,

Direction of the adjustment wheel for my router table’s Incra LS positioner… bit away from fence,

the other way, closer to fence

Latche chuck open/close rotation,

Locking nut size for my lathe extension mount,

While the allen key size was written on my disc sander, this magnet mount save me a walk to the key rack,

Even the Fe$tool gets two tags (even though the spindle lock has directional arrows),

Ryoni trimmer gets the hinge side marked for base mounting. Hinge on wrong side interferes with thumb placement during operation,

The shop vac is in auto mode 99% of the time, however, the markings are on the front hidden from obvious view,

I have replaced the locking bolt on my drill press raiser handle by a ratchet spanner. Directions takes the conjecture out of operation,

My Bessey gear clamps can be confusing depending on orientation, no need for a 50-50 chance of correct direction regardless of orientation.

I have two mitre saws feeding the one shop vac,


swap this laser cut/printed sign to identify saw the vac is NOT attached to,

Even the laser gets a prompt for replacement after the lens is removed and cleaned,

and a prompt for software table height settings for 3mm and 6mm MDFs respectively,

There are more but I’m sick of typing and running out of sharpies.

Become an Ektoe and start tagging.

PS. Once you start tagging your tools, somehow you tend to remember without the prompt.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD



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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 06-01-2020 02:15 PM

are they DYMO lables on the clamps ? :<)))

i find these to be very confusing :<((((((((

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 06-01-2020 03:53 PM

Great ideas for us OLD guys.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 06-01-2020 11:08 PM


are they DYMO lables on the clamps ? :<)))

i find these to be very confusing :<((((((((

- GR8HUNTER


Yep DYMO… I didn’t take too many of my dymo labels in the workshop as I don’t consider them graffiti.

As for confusion with that switch… I fully agree… I can understand O for On but what does I stand for? Interrupt (execution) maybe?


Great ideas for us OLD guys.
- tyvekboy
OLD guy be buggered tyk... I started this regime about 12 years ago when a friends 19 year old son wanted some workshop experience, however, I do accredit him with giving me the motivation to tag. Never realised what a smart-arse I was back then.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#4 posted 06-01-2020 11:24 PM

now i was gonna make fun of you but im at the same point in life.i like marking the size of nuts i always seem to try 3 or 4 wrenches before i get the right one.once again youve actually given me something worthwhile duckie.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 06-02-2020 03:10 AM

Alex all you have to remember is righty tighty or lefty loosy for all common threads except when using Stanley wood planes which have left hand threads on the blade adjuster but right hand on the very early ones.

-- Don't tell me it can't be done.

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#6 posted 06-02-2020 05:14 AM



.... lefty loosy for all common threads except when using Stanley wood planes which have left hand threads on the blade adjuster but right hand on the very early …

You calling me common, Pj?... I refuse to consider anything in my environment… common!

I have more left hand threads than glasses of vino since getting out of bed this morning, unless that was 5 minutes ago… and that’s a helluva lot. I have been known to use manual allen keys occasionally and I hate to think, when I approach from under neath (while upright). Also unfortunately, loosy-goosy doesn’t help in socket sizes…

Does your mantra hold for the swirl direction when pouring a glass of vino in NZ… does it differ from the North Island to the South?

Easier to use a texta once than try to think twice.

Don’t worry, you’ll reach my age one day… just earmark this post so you can re-read then and take action.

PS. Nevertheless, thanks for the tip Pj. I will tag all my tools with righty tighty or lefty loosy_ as a reminder.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 06-02-2020 05:22 AM



Alex all you have to remember is righty tighty or lefty loosy for all common threads except when using Stanley wood planes which have left hand threads on the blade adjuster but right hand on the very early ones.

- Pjonesy

That depends on the age of the plane. I have a couple type 5s and 6s that are backwards…or normal…but backwards compared to newer Stanley’s.


now i was gonna make fun of you but im at the same point in life.i like marking the size of nuts i always seem to try 3 or 4 wrenches before i get the right one.once again youve actually given me something worthwhile duckie.

- pottz

At what age are you supposed to need labels on everything? I just turned 40 a few days ago and I’m finding more and more things I want labeled. Or for tools with allen keys or special wrenches the cheap HF magnet dishes stuck to them to keep track of those thing.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 06-02-2020 05:54 AM


At what age are you supposed to need labels on everything? I just turned 40 a few days ago …
- sansoo22

Shit sansoo, at 40 you’re an old fart now… as I mentioned to tyvekboy, it started with that 19 yo son of a friend.


Alex all you have to remember is righty tighty or lefty loosy for all common threads except when using Stanley wood planes which have left hand threads on the blade adjuster but right hand on the very early ones.
- Pjonesy
That depends on the age of the plane. I have a couple type 5s and 6s that are backwards...or normal…but backwards compared to newer Stanley s.
- sansoo22

Hell, common from Pj and backward from you and even pottzy wanted to make fun off me... I might as well shut up shop and learn to spell RIP and stop worrying about C19!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 06-18-2020 01:10 AM

we all have our problems

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 06-18-2020 01:12 AM

hey Pottzy do you use a micrometer for measuring your nuts !!! tee hee

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 06-18-2020 01:18 AM

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 06-18-2020 01:20 AM

I wonder what other funnies I have missed while being away?

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 06-18-2020 01:23 AM

-- Regards Rob

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#14 posted 06-18-2020 01:27 AM



- robscastle


i use a pumped up fist-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#15 posted 06-18-2020 01:29 AM



I wonder what other funnies I have missed while being away?

- robscastle


snooze ya loose buddy,leave the circus for even a day and you miss all the sideshows,the freaks geeks and oddities of nature.ill leave what im saying up to your own imagination.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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