Jul 27 2015

Making Tool Drawer Organizers out of Expanding Foam

I was browsing Pinterest a few days ago and I came across an article showing how to use expanding foam to create a custom drawer insert for your tools. I immediately thought that I needed to try this. So the next day I started working on it. The first problem I ran into …

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Jul 27 2015

Using Zip Ties to Secure Pegboard Hangers

I’ve read in many places that you can just use zip ties to secure pegboard hangers that have a tendency to pull out. What I never see is how the heck you actually accomplish this. So what my little slide show demonstrates is one very easy way to grab the end of the zip tie …

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Jul 22 2015

Finishing a Rustic Cherry Mirror

When I reviewed the DelVe square for ToolGuyd, I started to build a mirror frame using the square. I never showed the final steps and the finished product because it wasn’t relevant to the review. So this post takes over where that post …

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Jul 08 2015

Making Socket Organizers More Visible

I have these Craftsman socket holders in my big toolbox where it is difficult to see the writing because it is just raised grey on grey. I remembered a post on SawDust Girl where one of the contributors used white paint to fill in the markings …

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Jul 07 2015

Organizing Nut Drivers with a Length of Wire

I have a set of 14 Imperial and Metric nut drivers sitting in my tool chest that defy organization. After I line them up and put them in order, a few weeks of opening and closing the drawer results in a disorganized pile again. So, I was browsing the Garage Journal forums and I found …

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Jul 06 2015

Filling a Finish Can with Marbles

While I was talking to the guy at Woodcraft about how to make a better bathroom cup, I also talked to him about why I had such bad luck with General Finishes Arm-R-Seal in the past. One thing he said I could try …

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Jul 06 2015

New Bathroom Cup

A few years ago I made a small bathroom cup on my lathe. I turned it from a glued up block of maple, purple heartwood, and walnut. The cup lasted me about a year and a half and then the glue failed. I had used Titebond to glue the blank together …

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Jun 28 2015

Color Coded Shop Outlets

  A few years ago I remembered reading on the Penultimate Workshop that Dyami Plotke color coded his outlets to avoid putting to many machines on the same circuit. I always thought this was a great idea, but never got around to implementing it. While I don’t blow a lot of breakers anymore because …

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Jun 11 2015

Down Draft Table

When I wrote the post for ToolGuyd — Project: Making a T-Track Table Top on a Budget, a commenter said he wanted more information about my down draft table. Turns out I never posted the project here. I built this several years ago so the assembly pictures are from then and the assembled …

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Mar 27 2015

Breaking Down A Laminate Sheet With A Utility Knife

I have an upcoming project where I want a nice smooth surface that glue and other sticky materials will peel off easily. I’ve previously used pre-cut 30×48″ sheets of ugly patterned laminate for this purpose, because I didn’t care too much what the end product looked …

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