Brush Saver. Manus Cline of Grinnell, IA uses a trick to keep his brushes from drying out while applying finish. He uses a silicone popsicle mold to hold foam brushes. After applying finish, Manus can put the used brush into the tube and seal it. Then, when he needs to apply another coat, he simply pulls the brush out and it’s ready to use.

Quick Reference Clamps. Dennis Volz of Denver, CO uses a highly visible oil paint pen to mark all of his clamps with the maximum sizes they can hold. Not only does Dennis mark the maximum width of the jaws, but he also marks the maximum depth as well (inset photo). Now, when he reaches for a clamp, he’s sure that it will fit the job at hand.

Dust Free Bins. Henry Wittmer of Runnells, IA drills small holes in the bottom of hardware bins. Now, he can shake the bin over the trash to remove the dust and leave clean hardware.

Shop-made Roller Stand

A recent video tip from Woodsmith showed a shopmade roller that attached to a workbench. I thought it was a great idea, so I built the roller but with an adjustable base, like you see here.

TELESCOPIN­G BASE. The modificati­on I made turns the PVC roller into a traditiona­l roller stand. I did that by adding a telescopin­g base. The base is nothing more than a wide platform that has a column on it. The column receives a post (with the attached roller), and the entire thing slides up and down to accommodat­e different machinery heights. It works like a charm and is a great addition to my shop. Tom Mcdonough Middlesex, Vermont



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