I’d wish to share with you two cheap however helpful objects I wish to maintain across the store. They’re comparable in how I exploit them, however I believe it’s a good suggestion to have each. The primary is a referred to as Homasote; the second is leather-based.
Homasote is sound barrier board constructed from compressed cellulose. Image MDF, however loosely packed and stringy by comparability. It’s offered underneath a couple of totally different names relying on the supply, however a fast search on-line will deliver up loads of outcomes. Trace: seek for sound barrier board, or fiberboard. Its offered in 4×8 sheets which are about 1/2 in. thick for underneath $20 in my location.
So what would a woodworker do with a constructing product? A number of issues. First, it makes an incredible replaceable, sacrificial floor. Right here, I’m making use of it to the tops of my sawhorses. I maintain it in place with a couple of brass screws and a few silicone. Now I can reduce up the tops of my sawhorses and it takes just some minutes to exchange them. It additionally has a pleasant texture with a little bit grip, which works properly on this utility.
Sound barrier board can also be an incredible clamping pad. It’s smooth sufficient to stop denting from clamping strain, however it’s sturdy sufficient to work like some other sheet good, so it may be reduce and drilled to suit most kinds of clamps.
Homasote makes nice clamping pads for pipe and bar clamps alike.
Leather-based is one other neat merchandise to maintain across the store. Leather-based is available in all shapes, sizes, and colours. Furnishings grade leather-based is dear. For kicking across the store, tool-grade leather-based is a greater option to go. It’s cheaper and saves the great stuff for the Morris chair you’ll construct considered one of lately. Leather-based is offered not by thickness however by ounce from 1 oz. to 16 oz. 1 ozis near 1/64 in. and 16 oz. is about 1/4 in. thick. This can be a very common rule and totally different sources will inventory and promote totally different thicknesses and grades. For many stuff across the store search for leather-based that’s 1/16 in. to 1/8 in. thick (4 oz. to 9 oz.). Small quantities could be purchased on-line for just some bucks.
That is 8-9 oz. device leather-based, an excellent thickness for common goal store stuff.
Leather-based could be added to the face of a vise. It will assist your vise maintain a workpiece regular with a lot much less clamping strain. Put some leather-based on the face of a mallet to assist cut back denting or marring. I additionally wish to make cable holders. Merely reduce to width and size, and set up a button. I additionally maintain a couple of scrap items round to fold over or lay on one thing I have to grip tightly with pliers, or hit with a hammer.
Some scrap leather-based and a button make for an incredible device wrap.
If you happen to don’t have leather-based in your vise, give it a strive. You’ll find it irresistible.
I take into account each Homasote and leather-based to be store necessities. Strive them out. I believe you’ll discover many makes use of for each in your store.
Additionally, simply as a aspect observe, in a current weblog publish I talked about how I bid a small undertaking. It was an Arts and Crafts hearth mantel. Nicely, I completed that undertaking and what have you learnt, I additionally made a video. I assumed it might be neat to observe up on a earlier weblog publish. Take a look when you dare.