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How about this idea to keep the dust down, a sanding box.
It is quite simply a box made of hardboard & strip wood, the top being perforated with hundreds of holes. A pipe is fastened into one corner for the attachment of a vacuum cleaner. In use the vacuum cleaner is turned on & the job to be sanded placed on the box, any dust created is then just sucked away through the holes.
Do you have problems screwing those little threaded rods into the end of snakes when making up your control linkages ?
Not any more, this neat idea from Dave Harrison will solve your problem. Just put the threaded rod in the chuck of your cordless drill, hold the snake inner tightly & use the drill to screw the threaded rod in. neat eh?
A handy tip.
When covering a model with film, after peeling the backing off the film, use the backing film as a duster to lift off any tiny pieces of dust that might have settled on the bits to be covered.
( when peeled off, the backing film gets charged with static electricity that attracts dust )
Shave Can Caps
If, like me, you use canned shave cream, keep the caps from the used cans.
These plastic caps make great containers for mixing resins- be it epoxy, polyester, JB Weld, or whatever. Several ounces can be mixed in the caps, enough to join wings or other fibreglass projects. Or, turn it over and use the flat "top" to mix up just a bit of epoxy for a small job. Generally, the excess leftovers can be popped right off the cap when cured. I use a piece of scrap balsa, cut to an appropriate point, to mix and apply resin, or a throw away brush for `glass' work.
Just leave the balsa or brush in the leftovers and use that as a "handle" to pop the cured resin out of or off the cap when cured. Each cap can be used several times this way. Dave P
DIY model stand
How's this for a cheep DIY model stand, made from a cardboard box, Excellent idea from Peter Turner.
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