Magnets, magnets, magnets
by Phil Colson
I use magnets for many jobs in my shop:
How about emailing me and tell me how you use them:
One inch rare earth magnets to hang the chuck key on the side of my lathe.
A magnetic tray to hold the screws when changing the jaw of my chuck.
On my hollowing tools, I use a magnet to keep up with the Allen wrenches for changing tips.
A magnet on my bandsaw for the Allen wrenches to make adjustments.
The chuck key for my Jacobs chuck.
The diamond hone for my gouges.
And one or two to keep my head on (just kidding).
previous tip about my improvised sanding drum
, I was asked about the mini cell foam I used on the lathe
sanding drum. Well, I found mine in some shipping materials that came to the store. Now I have
. I just ordered a piece 5/8" thick by 20x24" from them. I was in
Vermont last week and while visiting Al Stirt, he told me where to look for it. Very reasonably priced.
Al uses it to add a thickness to his sanding disc. I'll tell you about how he sands next tip. Very efficient.
Phil can be reached directly via email at
The Highland Woodturner