These are either cheap, or completely homemade.

My trusty Craftsman table saw. 42 years old, original 1/2 horse motor, bearings still good. Yard sale, 20 bucks. Here you see a 3x3x1/4 angle fence. Along with a couple of roller stands, I can rip just about anything, including full sheets of plywood. For full sheets, I have a bolt-on frame that extends the table to 4'x6'.

Homemade stationary sander.
The Makita drops in. One day while building Puffin, I had to do a lot of edge sanding, and the edge had to be square. Try as I might, I couldn't keep the beltsander square to the edge. So, I knocked together this table. 2"x6"s and 3/4" plywood. At first, I clamped the sander to the board in the back, but soon realized that it didn't budge, so now I just drop it in and start sanding.Some lacka-magination asked what the dimensions were. That would depend on the sander, wouldn't it.

Rope brushes.
After some experimentation I found that 12"s is an ideal length to start. I tape some sort of stiffener to the rope and trim it along with the brush as I go. These are the stub ends of brushes, still lots of brush left here. Use them right up to the nub.

More tips about epoxy tools can be seen here at Bob Pone's Site.

Best cutter around for fresh (semi-cured) epoxy/fiberglass? Use one of those Ginzu style serrated bread knives. For totally cured, rock-hard epoxy/fiberglass, I use a sabersaw, or a hammer and chisel.

These 2" brushes are sometimes called "chip" brushes. They should be referred to as "cheap" brushes. They're so cheap, when bought by the box, that there's no point in even cleaning them.
These 3 are simply stapled to a batten to form a 6" brush.

Don't waste epoxy!

Ever wonder why the bottles of ketchup at diners are always full?
The waitresses stand the half empty bottles on top of each other overnight. By morning one bottle is fuller, the other bottle is completely empty.
Two bottle caps duct taped together with a " hole drilled through them. The waitresses I've seen doing this are much better at it than I am, they don't need the duct tape, they just balance the bottles on each other. I don't recommend that though, resin and hardener are much more messy to clean up than ketchup.

Sanding sponges cost a lot of money considering they don't last very long.
I use 2" HVAC foam and cut-up beltsander belts, cut to whatever shape I want. The ones with the rounded corners are for hitting the fillets.
Contact cement on both surfaces, slap then together, and it's off to the races.

While on the subject of sanders. Sanding dust gathering on top of everything can be quite a PITA. By fashioning custom sockets from the pointy nozzles available at the store, I've been able to completely eliminate the dust problem.

Here's another dust buster for when I'm using other machines like small routers or jig saws.

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Looking at the little Home shack reminded me of my hand cut rubber stamps.

They're made from erasers glued to blocks of wood and cut with an X-Acto knife. I've flipped (some of) the pics so you can see them as they appear on paper.


These started it all so I could decorate plain paper. (Forgot to flip this. Notice the '92 in the upper corner?

Then I got to making hot sauce. These are from the Pre-Computer Age.

I made mustard for Christmas one year.

Then I got to fooling around. The sheriff's star IS on his right lapel because he's LEFT-HANDED. So there!

These decorated birthday presents.


While working recently I realized that I didn't have any spoons in the shop. I needed a spoon for coffee grounds and one for sugar. So between doing other things I gradually got coffeemaking perfected.

The Coffee Spoon.
Coffee is strong, bitter and manly, the Yin. The spoon is austere and functional, without embellishment.

The Sugar Spoon.
Sugar is sweet and makes you feel good, The Yang. The spoon is a blend of functionality and fantasy.

Here's a brass stencil I use to spray-paint my T-shirts.

A 1" Sterling doubling cube I made for my Dad for his birthday.

A new page called "Edged Doodles", to limit the size of this page and organize my crap a bit better, shows the various knives I've built.

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Created Saturday December 11. 1999, Revised 03/10/15