Three Cabinet Building Tips To Eliminate Finger Burns When Using Cabinet ScrapersOUCH! If you’ve ever used a hand-held cabinet scraper for long, you know what this is about. 1:Cover the top edge of the scraper with a plastic binding slide like those used to hold papers in see-through vinyl report covers. 2:Wear protective rubber finger caps like those used for sorting papers and counting money. Any office supply store should have them. 3:Use rubberized, flexible strip magnets. Attach one to each side of the blade (up about 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the cutting edge) prior to use. The magnets will act as a “heat sink”, absorbing the heat before it ever reaches your fingers. Here’s another tip of How to use a Cabinet Scraper (video).
Protective Preventative Maintenance
Lawnmower wheels provide mobility for heavyweight tools & cabinets Adjustable lawnmower wheels are readily available at hardware stores and home centers. Often, they can be found with attachment brackets that are adjustable. Fitting these wheels to heavy, cumbersome machines like commercial shapers, or roll-around cabinets and benches can bring a lot of convenience to the shop.Easy shop vac clean-up Many dust collectors use throwaway plastic bags to collect and dispose of chips and dust. However, most shop vacuums have metal drums that must be dumped into something when full…usually making a mess. However, if you line your shop vac drum with a heavy gauge plastic bag prior to use, when the drum’s full, you can just remove the bag and dispose of it without making a mess!
Cabinet Shop Tips for keeping rust off your tools.
Keep small amounts of solid (block-style) camphor in the drawers of your tool boxes and cabinets. Camphor gives off fumes that will form a rust preventative coating on all your tools. It’s available from many woodworking catalogs, as well as your local pharmacy. Keep the camphor in ordinary, small medicine bottles, like those used for prescription medications. Drill a series of small holes in the lid (or the bottom) to allow the camphor fumes to escape and permeate the drawer or cabinet: