Working seat from an old office chair with back removed.
Folding bench from old ironing board legs and old bit of worktop.
A small section of railway line make a good bench anvil.
For large parts storage, heavy duty plastic bins, fitted wheels so they roll under the bench out of the way.
The correct way to use an adjustable spanner.
Oasis to store small pointed things.
How to store files correctly.
Aviation snips are colour coded
Always bend aluminium with the grain.
Piece of cardboard to keep track of where bolts come from.
Glass jar storage by fixing lid under shelf.
Plastic pipe material storage.
Always support your car with stands when working underneath.
Simple solution to keep cables tidy.
Disc brakes must be mounted in the correct orientation.
Chassis dolly.
An idea for a flat and twist free build table.
Wheel details.
A good battery earth is essential.
Always use the proper bolt orientation; head forward and at the top.
Clever clamp storage.
Cut off PVC pipe
Good design always makes a difference.
Brackets should always follow the path of the load as on left.
Bolt details.
Always use two hands when using a hacksaw.
Alway's mount bolts in double shear.
Use a cut off plastic container as a paint kettle.
Always use the correct edge margin when riveting
Two nail boards can support any piece being painted
A spray of WD-40 and a cocoon of wrap keeps bits free from rust and abrasion.
Proper installation of jubilee clips.
Finishing sequence for rivets, bolts or screws.
Plastic saddles pop riveted to panals let you use tie wraps anywhere.
Always use the correct length bolt.
Use a scrap of hardwood to clean a clogged file. Just press a corner down into the teeth, and push in line with them.
Don't use the brackets supplied, drill holes around the edge of the bench and  reposition anywhere.
To cut tube square, wrap a piece of paper around, tape in place and use the edge as a guide
How to install safety harnesses.
How to add gussets.
In a corner is a  spool of string on a shelf bracket. The string passes through a couple of screw eyes and hangs down
Always have welds and rivets in shear.
Never deburr holes too much on thin sections.
How to fit a rose joint into tube.
Old toothbrushes have lots of uses.
There are two types of earth on cars; switched (top) and live (bottom)
A grommet over the drill shank to avoid damage on breaking through.
Always make sure you have a good earth connection.
The crankshaft centreline must be parallel to the pinion shaft centreline (B)
For mixing viscous glues, there's nothing better than a paper pad. Just yank off the top sheet and throw it out when you're done.
Engines should be mounted tail down by 4 degrees to reduce air pockets.
Don't have the right allen key? Bend a bolt to make a suitable one-use tool.
Always round off corners when working in sheet metal.
The cigarette paper is a tool for the machine shop, exactly one-thousandth of an inch thick, it is a quick reliable lightweight shim and feeler gauge
Wide based wishbones reduce loads on linkages.
If  cutting nylon rope,  apply super glue where you intend to make your cut, when it cures, you will get a clean cut.
Then use an extra drop on the cut end  for insurance.
Types of bearing.
Orifice profiles.
Bolt grades and strength.
If you keep tall things in a corner secure with screw eyes and a bungee.
When  using extension leads you will stop the plug pulling out by using a simple knot.
Wire, nylon and other spooled items can get  unruly, tame them with a rubber band.
If you need to dispense a drop of superglue, stain, etc., make a toothpick brush by mashing the end of the pick with a hammer.
If your budget doesn't allow for rubber mats, lay some corrugated. It's OK  to walk on, absorbant and cheap..
Splash and spray.
Use a hammer to put the lid back on a paint can. Protect the lid with a nice heavy board when you smack it,  the lid will seal perfectly.
Print labels and use cling film  to secure the labels to oil and solvent cans.
An adjustable spanner used as a caliper for gauging bolts and other regular items.
Before filing unknown steel, check it with an old file to make sure it's not so hard it will damage a good file.
Which file to use
How pop rivets work
After washing parts with solvent, pour the solvent into a container with an inch of water in the bottom.  The  metal particles will sink into the water, and you can decant the cleaner solvent for reuse:
Loctite or Superglue, is cheaper to buy in tiny tubes instead of "economical" packages.  If the stuff turns solid on the shelf, all savings are history.
How to start a cut
How to cut thick stock
Make the whole wall a storage area.
How to sand round stock
Use a single cut file to remove burrs.
On round stock, rotate tube away from you when cutting to stop the blade snatching and to keep the guide line in view.
Plastic lattice works well for storing long lengths of light material
Draw filing, to finish metal edges.
How to tear abrasive paper.
A handy shelf to store power tools which stops the cords getting tangled.
Do a lot of messy jobs? Hang a roll of brown paper from the underside and simply roll out a length of paper and go to work
When centering tools to a workpiece, a quick and easy way to centre is to place your steel rule between the cutter and the work and eyeball that the rule is standing verticle.
It can be difficult to garage park, hang a string from where you think it will touch your windshield and attach a tennis ball. The ball touches, you stop.
Never leave a chuck key in a lathe chuck. Modifying one with a spring means it has to be pressed in to be used.
If you have lots of spray cans store them on the side, colour showing.
Storing paint brushes.
Relief holes on corners
A simply method, using a double pole switch, to get hazard lights. Diodes aren't needed as the switch's two poles isolate the circuits from each other mechanically.
Using a ruler.
Store bin bags like kitchen towels.
Cheap carpet as drawer liner.
To transfer a pattern use a photocopy and an iron.
Place photocopy face down and slowly move the iron (on high) back and forth. The heat reactivates the toner and transfers the image.
Magnetic knife holder to tools organised
Slave battery conection, one wire straight to earth.
Keep safety spec safe in a sock.
Drill holes in the bottom of an outdoor bin so you can hose it clean and prevent rainwater collecting.
Home made car stands.
Punch some holes inside the rim of a paint can and the paint that gets trapped inside the rim of the can, drains back into the can. The can will still seal.
The famouse truckers hitch.
Storing tie-wraps.
To size gloves, measure across your palm just above your thumb.
Use plastic chain to hang leads
Hang stuff behind a door
Drill storage.
Whiteboard made from an old window painted white on the back.
The bottoms of square bottles make good drawer bins.
Running an extension lead
Always use a decent pair of ratchet crimpers.
Always fit a prop retaining strap.
Cut off plastic containers are brilliant for keeping nails, screws and such.
If space is tight and you  use roling cabinets, changing the casters from the usual two fixed, two   swivel casters to a full set of ball bearing swivels increases mobility.
Suspension examples
CAD is excellent for manipulating drawings, but it won't make a bad engineer good.
Make covers for power tools as the oils that protect metal lathes and mills attract dust.
A layer of duct tape can turn a regular hammer into a non-marring mallet.
With multiple tube joints, all centrelines must meet at the  centreline of the main tube.
A few turns of cling film make a strain relief for your shop vac hose.
How to wire a slave battery.
To store long stuff, drill a line of 3/4-in holes, 1-1/2 in deep, angled slightly down. Insert 15in long lengths of 1/2in pipe. Keep the lowest pipes at least 6 ft. above the floor for safety.
Cut the bottom off big polyethylene bottles for a  nice disposable parts washing basin:
Brake light switch in front brake  line.
Install a starter button, while keeping the standard key for ignition and to arm  the Start Button.
The 28/0.30mm, 2 square mm , 25amps specified is slightly "Overkill", but is safe and easy to use.
If you store leftover varnish, paint, etc in screw top bottles, screw the lid down over a piece of plastic bag.
Storing long objects in cut off fall pipe.
Plastic gutter, wall mounted, for storing long, thin items.
Storing balls.
Perfect sawhorse.
Always remove the mushroom end on chisles.
Filing sandpaper
To center a drill bit on round bar, put a six inch rulee on top, and lower the drill to pinch it lightly. If the rule is parallel to the ground, you're very close to centered.
Use a rool of packing paper or lining paper  as a wall mounted notepad
Never stand brushes on their heads; it flattens the bristles.
Cans as pencil holders.
Old fridge as a gun cupboard
How to finish corners to avoid stress cracks.
Connecting a battery master switch.
WORKSHOP
Toolboard
Toolcart
Keep a drawer for salvaged hardware, and have it big and shallow so everything is visible
Can into a 'safety center' for eye and ear protection
Use a brush head to keep sharp objects
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Pipe lagging to store small pointed things.
For drawer liners use cardboard.
Paper towel and toilet roll cores for storaging tangley things.
Hanging cords and hoses on thin hooks or nails can cause kinks and damage. Use 3-in. drain pipe to make simple hangers.
Store belts using office clips.
Use a pizza box to hold oils and solvents, the cardboard absorbs the spills
Get some insurance by taking a photo of your tools in case of theft.
Hang your hacksaw right below your bench vise.
Tie-wrap store.
To protect cutting edges wrap them in aluminum foil. it grips the tool and won't slip off.
Most oiling jobs don't require high grade lubricants. Dedicate a can for old oil.
You don't have to spray stuff that comes in a spray can - squirt some into a cup and pour, drip, brush or swab it on
How to store G-clamps.
How to store spring clamps.
Using an old towel holder to store spring clamps.
Storing chemicals in a filing cabonet.
Tubes to keep rolls.
Proper profile for corners on tunnels.
Shapes and drag coefficients.
Gatling gun front crumple zone made of aluminium tube.
Hanging pedals let the sole pivot on the pedal pad, floor mounting causes friction.
Clamp storage
Always bend aluminium the right way.
Always make sure you have a good earth connection.
Using the right hacksaw blade.
The proper profile for corners on tunnels.
Always brace bulkheads.
Plastic saddles pop riveted to panals let you use tie wraps anywhere.
Cheap toilet rolls are handy for small spills.
There is no such thing as a chassis that doesn't flex, some just flex less than others.
Never deburr holes too much on thin sections.
deburred
No car is 'wind tunnel designed. Tunnels are a tool to measure the effect of air moving around solid  objects.
Storing leads/hoses
Storing small items
When  using extension leads you will stop the plug pulling out by using a simple knot.
Storing gloves
Storing clamps
Storing string
Bolt sizes
Bench height
Storing cleaning stuff
Starting tacks
Storing tie wraps
Staring aerosols
Welding cart
Magnet storing keys
Working heights
Staring garden tools
Wash station
Storing tapes
Storing tapes
Storing power tools
Storing tie wraps
Storing greasegun
Storing clamps
Waterproof extension
Home made vee-clamp
Storing clamps
Storing small stuff
Storing  aerosols in guttering
Storing tubes
Storing clamps
Storing tubes
Ladder storage
Welding finger
Homemade skates
Chassis stand
Chassis stand
Welding rod stand
Put a gutter at the edge of the bench to sweep rubbish into, vacuum out later
Keeping string
Storing cordless tools
Storing tie-wraps
Storing clamps
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