I am always on the lookout for a new or different tool or method, and the cheaper the better. Here are some items that I've found lately that worked out well.
My wife uses false finger nails, and part of the kit are these great little sanding boards; stiff foam with fine and finer grits. I guess around 220 and 300 maybe. Work great for sanding carved tops, neck angles, etc. Check with the wife, girlfriend, sister, etc.
Another item found at the big box store, is double-sided masking tape. I believe this was Duck brand, and it's incredibly cheap, and holds very well. I loosen it with the old standby, naptha dripped under the template. I was having trouble with the other stuff being very thin, but this is a little thicker and conforms to tiny irregularities.
Last item is a cheapie nail file. I believe these are diamond coated, as they stay sharp a long time, but cost only about a buck or less.
Thanks to Frank's site for the inspiration to look for new uses for old or free stuff. I'm always picking up old knives for other uses. Cheers.
I like to use Micro Mesh for a range of jobs. Its useful for getting out scratches in metal work, plastic, polishing frets and for giving Tru Oil a high gloss finish. I use it a lot both wet and dry. The biggest problem is that it tends to get clogged even when wet. Today I took some old and grubby pieces and put them in the washing machine. Hey presto twenty minutes later clean and very usable micro mesh. - I did wait until 'erindoors went out.
I find the containers that some glues come in get clogged all too quickly and you end up spending twenty minutes with a bradle and a knife trying to coax the blessed stuff out of the tube. This is often the case with wood glues and PVA. I now put these glues in the squeezy canisters that ketchup, sauce or mayonnaise comes in. I've been using them for two years now and they have never clogged, nor has the glue gone off in the pot. I wouldn't use the squeezy Marmite pots as getting the sell of Marmite tends to linger and makes the glue a trifle festy.
frankenstien: a friend who has a cabinet shop gave me a rigid radial arm saw that he smoked the motor in, cant get a new motor, so it sat taking up valueable realestate in my shop for about a year. then i got a brain storm. after some hacking, i installed a router were the moter was. but i didn't stop there, i had all that table space, so then i mounted another router in the right side of the table, but i didn't stop there, on the left side i took a belt sander layed on its side, i cut off the forward handle, and the plastic case that covered the front wheel, then bolted a 3/4 board that fit in the fence slot to hold it in place. now i have a work station were i can do most off my opperations it works great.
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