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For Messy Jobs, Roll out the White Carpet

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Roller Shade

To a certain extent, a workbench is made to get dirty — that’s why it’s called a workbench, after all. But over time, all that stain, finish, paint, and glue can really muck up a workbench’s surface and make it hard to, well, work on.Workbench with roller shade

 

To protect your bench from these messy jobs and preserve its pristine surface, you can mount a window shade to the side of your workbench. These shades are available in a variety of different lengths and widths to fit just about any surface. And best of all, most cost under $10.

The shade mounts easily to a pair of brackets that get screwed to the side of the workbench (Photo, above). These brackets are sold right next to the shades at the home center.

Now you can simply pull out the shade whenever you have any staining, finishing, gluing, or even sanding to do (Photo, left). Then, when you’re done, a pull on the shade makes it retract back onto its roller until the next time you need it. (Note: Before retracting the roller, let the stain, finish, or glue dry first to prevent the shade from sticking to itself.)

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Skin-Friendly Adhesive Cleaner

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Getting construction adhesive off your skin can be tricky. Often, the solvents that are strong enough to do the job can also damage your skin.

For this one, we turned to people who know a thing or two about construction adhesive: the folks at Liquid Nails. They advise using baby oil. Just pour it on, let it soak in, and then rub it into the adhesive. The oil will help soften the adhesive without assaulting your skin. Once you have the adhesive off, you can wash away the baby oil, or rub it into your hands to keep your skin moist.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

Skin-Friendly Adhesive Cleaner
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Cord Keepers

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Tired of tangled cords? You can make this cord keeper using a dowel and rope. Just drill a hole in the dowel, form a loop with the rope, pass the ends of the rope through the dowel, and tie a knot. The keeper wraps around the cord, and it makes a great handle or storage hook, too.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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Wipe Out Water Damage

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Water and other liquids won’t immediately damage most finishes. Let it sit long enough, though, and it will eventually create a milky, cloudy stain.

Restor-A-Finish: The traditional fix for water damage is rubbing alcohol, but we found that alcohol actually begins to remove the finish if not wiped off immediately.

A much more effective solution is Restor-A-Finish from Howard Products. It literally erased water spots we thought were permanent. To use it, place a small amount on a rag, wipe it over the surface, and then wipe it off.

Have a nice weekend,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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