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Magnets, magnets, magnets

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by Phil Colson

I use magnets for many jobs in my shop:

  • 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).
How about emailing me and tell me how you use them:

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: . 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 .

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