Best Shop Tricks

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by lightsorce, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Clear as mud. :lol3
    A pic is worth 1000 words.
  2. supervision

    supervision Been here awhile

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    To make a hone, use a piece of 1/4" steel rod, 10" long. Slot one end with your hack saw, then you can put a piece of sand paper in and spin with your drill.
  3. supervision

    supervision Been here awhile

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    Find a place that sells clear plastic storage containers, they come in many sizes, and come with lids, so that you can stack them. Chose a size that works for your misc carp and shelf size. Then you can junk all those cardboard boxes, and now you can SEE right into your DUST FREE DRY way of storing your project parts.
  4. FixerDave

    FixerDave KLR650 - XR200R

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    After the latest shop re-org, where I dumped all the tools out of their blow-mould cases to save space... well, I had a lot of empty blow-mould cases sitting in the storage shed. I don't need them anymore, don't want them, don't want to keep them, but can't quite bring myself to throwing them away yet. I mean, they're so nice - at least some of them. Hinged, nice latches, tough plastic. Yet the insides are all custom fit to the tools I don't want to put in them anymore.

    But, I discovered something today... a rotary tool (Dremel et.all) with a fibre-reinforced cutting wheel makes very short work of that inside part. A hand deburring tools cleans up the edge quick and easy too. In a few minutes I had a nice empty case to do whatever I want with. Not sure what I want to do with it yet, but now I'm even less inclined to throw it away... WAIT! :huh Dang! Maybe I should rethink this. Na, I'll find something to put in it.

    David...

    P.S. After dealing with a friends estate where he had painstakingly kept and stored all the original cases and boxes for all of his tools; and yes, he had a LOT of them; I decided that I was going another way. Yes, they add to the resale value, but only if a guy like me goes through all the effort to sell them for what they're worth. Not worth that effort, really. So, I decided to screw the resale value and toss that packaging. My family can just dump the tools for 10cents on the dollar or whatever. Me, I need the space now.
  5. Forde

    Forde Been here awhile

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    like the centre stand spring ideas, i have a wee bike i just put a new stand on as old one was bent and i cannot get the stand spring back on to save my life when i pull on it it doesnt stretch at all
  6. Forde

    Forde Been here awhile

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    use an ice cube tray for dropping fasteners into when you are strippin something. you can use a different little square compartment for the fasteners for each item you remove.
  7. cat

    cat Long timer

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  8. Giggity

    Giggity ..........

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    ^^^^^:lol3


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  9. tgeliot

    tgeliot Topher

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    I use a powerful magnet salvaged from a disk drive to keep nuts and bolts from wandering. Doesn't keep them sorted, but it survives kicks.
  10. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    I took an empty gallon windshield washer fluid jug, cut off the bottom and part of the side (where the handle is) to form a sort of flexible old-time sugar scoop. Now I dump my hardware into the scoop, sort through it looking for what I need, then compress the ends of the scoop together to form a funnel for pouring the parts back into the storage container. Since it's free, I've made a couple others for friends.
  11. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Team Orange

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    I like that idea. I think I'll go home and make one of those. :D
  12. ride2little

    ride2little MoveAlongNothingHere

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    I just use an old tackle box and keep all of my misc fasteners, connectors, washers, nuts, bolts, heat shrink, terminal, etc, etc... Another positive about being a fisherman.
  13. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    This may be a 205, and apologies if it is.

    Fella brought in a wheel off his Strom that one of the rear bearing completely came apart. Trick was to get the outer race of the hub. The bearing was completely separated and the outer race was sitting flush with the lip you see in the bore. Absolutely nothing to gain purchase on. All of the claw extractors I have were too thick to even begin to get a hold of the thing. Ground down a piece of steel, kinda tapped it down into the bore of the outer race, and tacked it into place. That gave me a nice surface to drive it out from the other side. Popped right out.

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  14. gn77b

    gn77b Been here awhile

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    antenna of broken radio + a bit of epoxy + a neodymium magnet I had laying around = a pick-up tool that costs 0. yeah, I know, the ready-made version costs next to nothing but making something for nothing gives me a lame feeling of accomplishment :rofl
  15. airborndad

    airborndad Long timer

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    works for larger cuts too ask O.J. Simpson
  16. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    The bucket that I look thru most is lined with an old towel. I pick the parts containing towel out of the bucket by grabbing the 4 corners laying on top. Open the towel by laying it out on the workbench. Get whatever parts I need and pick up the towel of stuff by the 4 corners and drop it back in the bucket. The only guy that I know who has a better method bought an old roll cab at a garage sale and sorts his loose fasteners and stuff in the drawers. If he wants a metric machine screw, he opens the marked drawer. I bought one of those 40 bin plastic parts things on sale to keep the stuff that I want to find quickly but not often. Thus, my salvaged woodruff keys and little set screws are found in those drawers and not with the usual clutter in the towel lined bucket.
  17. richarddacat

    richarddacat high on honeysuckle

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    I had bought me a new roll around tool box and wanted to line the drawers.
    My wife had a new yoga pad she never used, it was almost enough to do all the drawers. About an 1/8" thick, kinda sticky so tools won't slide and a nice blue color.:D
  18. Rd650

    Rd650 Been here awhile

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    Good one on the strom wheel Guy. Simple and very effective.
  19. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    One of the sucky-ist jobs when working on cases is cleaning off the old gaskets, that have welded themselves to the covers/cases.

    Go buy a 6" sharpening stone (oil stone) take the case over to the sink or parts cleaner to keep the stone wet and sand away, it melts off the gasket, and flattens the sealing surfaces
  20. PFFOG

    PFFOG Richard Alps-aholic

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    The other welder trick is just weld a bead around the inside (in the ball channel) of the outer race, as it cools it shrinks the race and it will fall out