Last year I went out and looked for a better floor sweep. I actually found one that I really like. It is made by “Powertec” model #70282. Around $50 on Amazon on 5/2021.
Why is it better? Because the handle is adjustable! You can EASILY rotate the handle up/down and you can EASILY slide it up or down the clear tube.
Short people can move the handle down. Tall people can move it up. No more disagreements with my vertically challenged tall students.
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Gojo Supro Max is amazing stuff. The advertising says “Wash away your heaviest grease and grime including tar, oil, asphalt, and adhesives without harsh solvents.”
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I have a concrete floor in my studio. I also have flat feet, thus I need really good floor mats in my studio. Over the years I have tried lots of different options for floor mats.
I tried the cheap ones from Home Depot, etc. When they were not soft enough, I tried stacking up the cheap ones, etc. I even let someone at a AAW symposium talk me into a really expensive $200 mat. A sucker is born every minute! I hate that mat with a passion! It will not stay put! It is always sliding out of position! Err!!!
A few years ago I decided to change all of my mats to the expensive kitchen mats with holes from Rubber-Cal. If they are good enough for chiefs who stand on them all day in the kitchen then they are good enough for me.
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People are always asking me about face shields.
In A Nut Shell
I have found that face shields are HIGHLY PERSONAL. What one person
likes, others will hate!
Therefore you should try before you buy. Try at a class, school,
club or a friends house.
I have several different models of face shields in my studio. I
can never predict in advance what people will like. Continue reading Face Shields
A “Lathe Curtains” tip in the December 2014 issue of the AAW Journal magazine inspired me. I decided to replace the dirty old painters tarps I used in my studio to control wood shavings with some nice new shower curtains. The new curtains work great and look great.
People say I have never seen an idea, I can’t improve. They may be right. I liked the “use cloth shower curtains” idea but the track, hooks and string shown in the article were to wimpy and expensive for me. I decided to make my own long and cheap hooks and hang them from cheap EMT pipe.
Here is how I did it.
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Two white linen shower curtains in use.
My VB36 lathe is behind the curtains.
Note the pile of wood shavings on the floor. The shavings stop
where the curtains stop.
The curtains do not go all the way to the floor because it is not
necessary. Curtains that drag on the floor get dirty and are a pain to deal
with when you want to clean up the shavings. Or, store the curtains out of
the way, etc.
The curtains, also do not go all the way to the ceiling because it
is not necessary. Throwing the shavings over the curtains while turning is
I found this new Ram Board stuff at Home Depot a few months ago. It makes a great workbench cover!
They sell it to protect fancy tile and wood floors in houses while they are building them or remodeling.
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Ram board comes in 38 inch by 50 foot rolls. At $30 it is close to my price
limit. But, I like it. It is thick and tough. After a couple of days it
Life's Too Short To Use Crappy Tools!