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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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).
In a 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
a source: www.oneoceankayaks.com. 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 email@example.com.
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