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  • #16
    Not really an alternative use for a tool, but I use a chunk of wax from a toilet bowl ring to lubricate woodscrews.
    Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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    • #17
      Necessity is the mother of invention, and fancy packaging isn't the best selling point for us scrollers. I love hearing all these cool ideas. Helps me look around my shop with new eyes. Ideas like these are creative and help save us all money on gimmicks so we have more money for new toys and supplies! Keep the ideas coming everyone!!
      Linda at www.ArtIngrained.com

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      • #18
        Along similar lines, but not really shop related; the cheap plastic wheels on my trim mower were worn and wobbly, making it hard to push. Otherwise they were still intact, so I didn't want to buy new ones for such an old lawnmower. I removed one wheel, drilled the wheel hub out with a 5/8" drill bit and then cut a length of 1/2" copper tubing about 1 1/4" long. The internal diameter of the 1/2" copper tubing was just the right size to allow the wheel bolts to slide through. I tapped my new copper bushings into the wheel hub and reinstalled the wheel on the mower. Everything fit perfectly. I did all 4 wheels, so I expect they will last another couple seasons. By then the mower will probably need replaced anyway.
        Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter. Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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        • #19
          A paint brush is ideal for wiping out blade clamp slots to remove saw dust that acts like powder contributing to blade slippage. After an initial dry brush wipe out, dip the brush in mineral spirits and do it again to remove any oil (from blades) or sap (from wood) accumulations.
          Linda at www.ArtIngrained.com

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          • #20
            The plastic trays from frozen or prepackaged meals are handy from small parts or holding puzzle pieces while cutting and various finishing processes. Even better when they have lids for puzzles.

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