Let’s see what other found and homemade tools we can dig up from the clutter in the ol’ workshop.
Here’s an idea. Since rubber mallets can mark wood, giving you more work to finish the project, try wrapping the mallet head in an old pantyhouse leg. You get the same cushioned blow and no mark.
Used dryer sheets are great for cleaning up wax you’ve pre-heated or used solvent on. After all, that’s what used to be on the sheets. They can also help you de-static your safety goggles to avoid attracting dust.
Got a bent or broken flat-head screwdriver? Hang on to it. Now you don’t need to use good tools for opening paint cans.
Make a drying rack for stained or painted pieces by laying an old bandsaw blade in an oval on your bench.
When mixing adhesives, putties, epoxies and the like, put them in a plastic sandwich bag, seal it, and squish till they’re mixed. Then cut a hole and voila, you have a dispenser.
Here’s another idea to keep your plans and lists front and center. Buy a binder with with clear sleeves on the covers. Cut off the front and back covers, and slide in your plans. It protects the plans from getting trashed, and since it’s sturdy, you can lean it up anywhere.
Use sports bottles as glue dispensers. Store them upside down in a drilled 2×4, and they’re ready to go — glue in the nozzle — when you are.