Tips & Tricks
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© Frank Ford, 3/15/98; Photos by FF
I'm not exactly a fiend for recycling, but there are a few little
items I like to reuse in different ways.
Here's a good use for those old string envelopes:
I reuse those junk mail diskettes, too.
I save old files to grind into stout scrapers:
This big broken kitchen knife makes a super heavy duty scraper that's perfect for
cleaning up the bottoms of guitar bridges for regluing.
I use the West System epoxy with the small dispenser pumps. Using the pumps, the
smallest amount I can mix up is about one ounce. I can use the leftover epoxy
for filling holes in my bench, coating clamp cauls and for a variety of other
quick jobs. I'll clip the bulb off a used disposable pipette, pour it full of
epoxy and stick a file tang into it. That gives my little fret file a swell little
After each job, I look around quickly to find some place to dump that extra epoxy.
If it's not a quick fill in the bench top, it's a coating on the back of clamping
It's amazing how much longer my old cauls have lasted since I poured leftover epoxy
If I don't have a tool, fixture or caul that needs epoxy, I'll fill holes in the
concrete shop floor:
Here's another way I reuse those disposable pipettes:
I just snip off the bulb:
and I have an instant teeny little container for washing out my artist brushes:
That way I don't have to waste a lot of solvent. I just clip off the bulbs before
I throw out the used pipette and toss them in the drawer with my brushes.
This recycle tip hardly needs any words at all!
Don't forget to remove the age-date.
A great simple, disposable mixing and dispensing.
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