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I use old canvas painters tarps to cover all power tools when there not in use but bed sheets would be a good choice as well. The latter could add a splash of color to the shop.

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I had this idea yesterday and gave it a try and it works, just not as well or easily as I had hoped. I was looking for a way to extend the reach of pipe clamp jaws. Pipe clamps are great for spanning long distances, I've had mine out to 12' once, but the 2" wide jaw sometimes leaves a bit to be desired. So I laminated 3 pieces of plywood together x 2 and drilled holes in them the size of my pipes (I had to file them to the right size, I didn't have a bit exactly the right size). I was hoping that by keeping the holes tight around the pipes that I could keep from skewing the extra jaws apart but that didn't work out. So I tried adding a bridge between the extended jaws that was the same thickness as what I was clamping. This is shown in the photo. That worked. To go out much longer a 2 x 4 could be used as a bridge.

It clamped very tightly but it is awkward to use, for anything long it would take 2 people to do it but it is an option where a long reach is needed.
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A friend forwarded this from you tube An interesting way to tighten/loosen a bolt if you don't have the correct wrench size. Not exactly woodworking but it could come in handy.

http://www.hefty.com/without-wrench

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Jon; something wrong with that link, comes up as a '404' error
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I think the link was missing the "m" in the "com", which I added. Still couldn't find anything concerning a wrench on the site.

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Sorry about that. Try this link.




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Very clever Jon.

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Thanks, just a good find from a friend I can't claim any originality.
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Thanks for following up with that Jon. I've seen that before, but forgot about it. That's a good trick to file away just in case.

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When I joined the forum there frequent posts regarding cost cutting or jig rigging. In todays lingo I think the kids are calling these "hacks". Anyhow bobj3 was full of hacks. His bottle cap knobs is one still mentioned. He also was the joke a day thread starter. Anyhow I think a thread for shop hacks would be useful for everyone. Especially to those of us on harbor freight budgets.
Got any good hacks to share?
I saw this on the Stumpy Nubs youtube channel.
Keep a tube of chapstick handy to lubricate screw threads before driving into wood. Especially hard wood. It's basically paraffin, and is easy to keep in your pocket. Twist it out, use it, twist it closed. The Dollar Store brand works fine.
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