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.
Jars in a drawer as storage.
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 used to store small pointed things.
How to store files correctly.
Aviation snips are colour coded.
Pipe lagging can also be used to store small pointed things.
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 used for 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.
A good way to store spring clamps.
An idea for a flat and twist free build table.
A good battery earth is essential.
How to store G-clamps.
Always use the proper bolt orientation; head forward and at the top.
Clever clamp storage.
Shower hose as a flexible conduit.
Cut off PVC pipe as storage.
Good design always makes a difference.
Bracket layout should always follow the path of the load as on left.
Always use two hands when using a hacksaw.
Alway's mount bolts in double shear.if mpossible.
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 in all sides.
Gatling gun front crumple zone made of aluminium tube.
Keep a roll of cling film for packing away bits. 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 with angle-poise lamps. Drill holes around the edge of the bench and reposition anywhere.
To cut tube square, wrap a piece of paper around aligning the edge, tape it in place and use the edge as a guide
How to install safety harnesses.
How to add gussets.
Out of the way, up in a corner is a spool of string on a shelf bracket. The string passes through a couple of screw eyesand hangs down where I can reach it.
Cut in half pie tins to store circular saw blades and abrasive discs.
Always have welds and rivets in shear.
Never deburr holes too much on thin sections.
Instead of drawer liners, use cardboard.
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 is a good way to avoid damage on breaking through.
Always make sure you have a good earth connection.
Shapes and their drag coefficients.
The crankshaft centreline must be parallel to the pinion shaft centreline (B)
Paper towel and toilet roll cores come in handy for storage of all kinds of tangley things.
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.
Keep a drawer for salvaged hardware, and have it big and shallow so everything is visible and easy to locate:
Hanging pedals let the sole pivot on the pedal pad, floor mounting causes friction.
Don't have the right allen key? Bend a bolt to make a suitable one-use tool.
Use a pizza box to hold oils and solvents, the cardboard absorbs the spills
Always round off corners when working in sheet metal.
The cigarette paper is a traditional companion in 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. After it cures, you will get a clean cut. Then use an extra drop on the cut end for insurance.
Get some insurance by taking a photo of your tools in case of theft.
Types of bearing.
To protect cutting edges wrap them in aluminum foil. it grips the tool and won't slip off.
Hang your hacksaw right below your bench vise.
Bolt grades and their strength.
The proper profile for corners on tunnels.
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.
Bailing wire, nylon monofilament and other spooled items can get unruly. Tame them with a rubber band around the coils.
Store belts using office clips.
Most shop and hosehold oiling jobs don't require high grade lubricants. Dedicate a can for old oil.
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.
You don't have to spray everything that comes in a spray can - squirt some into a cup and pour, drip, brush or swab it on
Print compiter 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
Hanging cords and hoses on thin hooks or nails can cause kinks and damage. Use 3-in. drain pipe to make simple hangers.
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, of getting hazard lights.
Diodes aren't needed as the switch's two poles isolate the circuits from each other mechanically.
Using a ruler.
Storing chemicals in a filing cabonet.
Home made tie-wrap store.
Store bin bags just like kitchen towels.
Cheap carpet as drawer liner.
To transfer a pattern use a photocopy of the pattern 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.
Tubes to keep rolls.
Magnetic knife holder to tools organised
Use a brush head to keep sharp objects
Slave battery conection, one wire straight to earth.
Keep safety spec safe in a sock.
Drill several 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.
When sizing gloves, measure across your palm just above your thumb.
Use plastic chain to hang leads
Hang stuff behind a door
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.
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.
Always brace bulkheads.
Mobile chassis stand.
Cut the bottom off big polyethylene bottles for a nice disposable parts washing basin:
Brake light switch in front brake line.
This can is now a "safety center," holding eye and ear protection:
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.
Need to mount temporary fuse.
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.
Always remove the mushroom end on chisles.
How to centre a hole in tube.
Using an old towel holder to store spring clamps.
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
Proper height for an anvil
Never stand brushes on their heads; it flattens the bristles.
Cans as pencil holders.
Using the right hacksaw blade.
Car brake system.
Cutting into a corner.im
When keeping parts, a sqirt of WD40 and a wrap in cling film will protect it.
Old fridge as a gun cupboard