small workshop ideas #22: Cheap Workshop ideas Part 2

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 07-04-2021 12:47 PM 521 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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l. Silica Packs for moisture and no rust. I have had 2 basement and 3 garage shops. These are free in many clothes or box items. Save em. just put them in the tool drawer or in a nylon hose as a group. Maybe once a year if they need to be dried out, just a brief microwave time and they are good to go. I never had any rusty tools in 20 plus years in my PA shops.
2. Cardboard Patterns…rarely spent a dime or dollar. Last year in desperate times I used a cereal box. wow what great cardboard and thick. Also manila folders…often in packs and thats a 12 by 18 when open. I saved the color ones for another purpose. if they are damaged then they are benchtop protectors. Later I transfer these to old paneling when I get any. I have my adirondack chair arm and leg patterns of 20 years with notes still on them in paneling.
3. Glue spreaders…I use any plastic free cards sent in the mail. popsicle sticks, crafts sticks. old toothbrushes, cardboard coasters. I tried to use some pvc pipe as supports for glue ups and was and was not pleased. you can decide for yourself—they were free.
4. Saw blade cleaner.. I cut an old 5 gallon bucket to 4 inch high. I use a dollar store item called Awesome. I tilt the blade with a scrap of 2×4 so just a few inches of teeth are in the liquid and even dilute the liquid. I had one pro sharpener who dunked my blades for a few days then sharpened. I had no labels at all, I was pissed. So I do mine as often as I need. An old tooth brush and old kitchen sponge usually takes off the pitch. Rinse well and dry. No Rust.
5. Medicine Bottles 6 inch and 2. inch. I haven’t got these ideas going but they must be useful.
6. Free plans….I made my own Book or Notebook of Plans I have gotten for free. Labeled and keep it at my desk. Why not along with books from the used book store and a few magazine subscriptions. Get Educated and Be Safe.
7. Keep a list of favorite woodworkers you follow to share with friends.
8. Pocket screw wood plugs…nice free jig on utube to make them with a dowel. don’t buy them at the store.

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