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Not my idea but one I am using to great success...using dental picks (toothpick shaped plastic with a little tuft of "hair"on one end..very cheap....use once and toss...as they have a small head they are very easy to position in really tight spots.


I mentioned in my own log that Japanese saws are Xacto saws on steroids...they are very fine toothed but cut through hard woods much faster.


I also have cut manicurist's files into pointed  wedges....find them handy to sand narrow spaces like when cutting/shaping the rabbet on keel.


Nothing terribly original but thought I'd share.







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3 hours ago, Harvey Golden said:

Though we call them clothes pins up Oregon way



Funny. To me these are clothes pins.




The Vikings and Anglo-Saxons used them to hold their clothes together.


But whatever you call them, I find clothes pegs very useful, and you can get miniature ones from stationery or art suppliers, which are great in tight spaces. You can get some idea of scale from the glue bottle on the right.




And plastic-headed push pins. Wonderful things.




Though it's occurred to me that I may have overdone it a little on occasion  . . . :P





PS: What do you use the dental picks for?



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Here's another cheap tool: "Pizza savers." Yes, that's what they are called in the trade. They are those white plastic things that look like round tables with three legs that they put in pizza boxes to keep the top of the box from contacting the melted cheese on the pizza and making a mess when it's delivered. 


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These make great "painter's points." A painter's point, which are often pyramid-shaped, but can have other suitable shapes, are used to hold a piece of work that needs painting up above the level of a table so it's top and edges can be painted without coming into contact with the bench top that it's being painted on. These "pizza savers" work great for this purpose. Just turn them upside down so they are standing on the round part and you'll have three pegs sticking up to support whatever you need to paint. Use three or four or more to support your work, of course. So, grab 'em when the pizza comes. In short order you'll have a box of them in the shop to use whenever they're needed. 


Store-bought painter's points: No need to waste the money on them anymore.


Anvil Painter's Tripods (10-Pack)

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The Marine Corps recently changed their standard issue sewing kit which is to bad because I swear they made the previous version just for modelers. There was a pair of scissors, which was essentially 2 #11 blades with a handle, it was incredibly sharp and lasted for ever, they were specifically made to remove IPs, little strings on your uniform. There was strong Black and Tan line in there of different sizes, it had a few cloths pins and some needles, it had all sorts of stuff in a nice green plastic bag lol. The best part is they only cost a dollar! They were cheap because they were pretty much disposable. As soon as you unraveled the string you were done with the kit, but the scissors were  crazy sharp and are perfect for rigging. They used the price to $5, which isn’t bad still for a pair of scissors that is super sharp, very small and light weight. 


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During my first build I was frustrated using toothpicks to apply glue.  I was at Rockler's and discovered mini glue brushes and a glue keeper for my next built - I really like these silicone tools (I use larger ones in my garage).  When the glue drys it is easy to remove from the keeper and brushes.  I typically just put a small dollop of glue for the task (much smaller than the picture), wipe any glue from a brush (wet/semi dry/dry), and repeat.  The keeper shown is the top of a larger container. 



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Not to wish anybody bad luck, BUT:  two times when I have visited the Emergency Room, a table saw accident for me (I still have all 10 fingers) and once when my wife cut her finger, the doctor asked if I was a fly fisherman.  When I responded that I built ship models he gave me the tweezers and forceps that he had used.  He said, “we just throw them out.”

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14 hours ago, GGibson said:

Somewhere on the internet (I think it was on somebody's thread here on MSW), I saw a picture of someone holding a mini rafter square.  It was small enough to be useful in squaring bulkheads, etc.  Anyone use such a tool? Where did you get it?  

Do you mean this one ?  I got it from Lee Valley . It is their pocket layout square, about 1.5 inches 



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