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STL 51: Used Diapers in the Workshop?

comments (7) February 7th, 2014 in blogs

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How can cloth diapers help you in the workshop? Tune in and find out. Plus, your questions on cold glue-ups, live edge tops, drill/driver voltage, and more. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

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Shop Talk Live 51: Used Diapers in the Workshop?

This week on Shop Talk Live, tune in to find out how used diapers can help you in the workshop. Nope, we're not kidding. Plus, your questions on cold weather glue-ups, live edge tops, drill/driver voltage, and more.


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Comments (7)

naturesart naturesart writes: Tomconlin is echoing my very thoughts I have done exactly as he does and I will go a little further. I have bought the blue oscillating tool from this place I can't remember the name but it was near the harbor. I use the tool on occasion on certain jobs... I tell you the tool has not let me down great bargain! I've had it for a couple years now. If it was a tool I use in majority I would buy the expensive high quality stuff. But I'd rather spend that money on the tools I use all the time that need to be top quality. I am an artist and woodworker and I do summer contracting work and tools like a circular saw, table saw and chop saw ect I wouldn't even think of buying cheap. I'm not a tool collector I am a craftsman I use wood, metal to clay and I am obsessed in making all sorts of things and yes quality is top priority but I need to spend my money wisely and spending a lot of money on things that will get used a couple of times a year and if gets the job done that's what I care about.

Ok seriously guy please please do the podcast weekly already you killing me here! Great podcast love all you guys great chemistry but wheres Mike?! I feel like a key piece is missing without him. Keep up the great work!
Posted: 11:34 am on February 21st

BeaverNewby BeaverNewby writes: Whoops, I listened again and I did catch the information. I just happen to go to the restroom and missed the comment.

I was kind of expecting some use for used disposable diapers?? My kids are grown now but I did keep them (old fashion cloth diapers) for all sorts of cleanup jobs.

They lasted for years and were much cheaper than paper towels. Wash and reuse or when I worked the car cleaning up a greasy mess, toss them.

Keep up the good work guys!!
Posted: 4:58 pm on February 11th

BeaverNewby BeaverNewby writes: Used Diapers in the workshop? 52 min wasted and no information on the used diapers!! It would have been more appropriate for April 1st!!
Posted: 3:57 pm on February 11th

tomconlin tomconlin writes: On this podcast you talked about bargain tools that may, or may not be a real bargain. I firmly believe what Dad always said, "I'm not rich enough to buy cheap tools." While I firmly believe he was right about paying once for the highest quality tools you can afford, I do harbor some ideas about how to get around paying the freight on some tools that do a fine job for a very low price.

1. Bench brushes. The cheaper, the better.
2. Spring clamps, just like Asa mentioned, as well as handscrews, if you checked them out.
3. Acid brushes, for glue ups. (However, I just bought, but haven't yet tried, the new plastic glue brushes that supposedly clean fast and last forever.
4. Small machinist squares. Just bring one of your own, proven-square squares to check them in the store. My 4" machinist square has my initials engraved on it, so I never run into a problem in the store. And it's nice to have a few squares scattered around the shop, always within easy reach.
5 My all-time-favorite-cheapo-tool-of-all-time, magnetic parts trays. These simple magnetized trays have a simple job to do, and they perform exactly as advertised. I think that is the ultimate compliment you can give any tool, jig, or other implement of construction. I can't tell you how many times I have lost hardware in the sawdust before I started using these parts trays to hold all the screws, washers, hinge pins, escutcheons, etc., that I am installing on my projects. They are so stone-simple but they are such a help.

The main thing about this short list of tools is that, doggone it, they really are good enough. I would never harbor any thoughts about paying cheap freight when it comes to hand planes, for example, but for these shop staples, the cheaper, the better. In fact, I once bought a set of junk turning gouges just so I could practice grinding and sharpening them before I tried the same with my quality turning tools. They worked great for what I wanted; teaching myself to sharpen without fear of wrecking a good tool. Thank goodness for cheap tools!
Posted: 1:49 am on February 11th

jermbrid jermbrid writes: The title alone makes me want to tune in.....and not to.
Posted: 5:32 pm on February 8th

Mitch_Wilson Mitch_Wilson writes: Hi, guys. I've been listening to your podcast while working in my workshop (ok, I haven't yet heard about the diapers-that's next up) this afternoon. In regards to the Nexabond 2500, I would like to recommend that you try it for mitered corner glue ups. No splines, biscuits, loose tenons. However, you might want to consider working the cyanoacrylate into the endgrain with a thin piece of wood or a thick piece of cardboard and putting glue on both pieces. You still get minimal squeeze out. And using the longer setting version of the Nexabond also seems like a good idea. I used the Blokkz clamping blocks and did one corner at a time. It's the trim around a floating panel top for a nightstand. Two months success rate so far.
Posted: 3:59 pm on February 8th

vanpieters vanpieters writes: Hi All
I am from Australia and I love your podcast.
I can get up in the morning with my coffee and listen on my computer.
Great content and fun to listen to.
I too want it weekly.
Keep going everyone
Posted: 11:52 pm on February 7th

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