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    Tiny Time & Dollar Saver Projects

    I get some great ideas from the posts shared on GTT. I can't compete with the big equipment owners, but here a few quick & easy projects that don't require much skill and have made my life easier.

    1. Clip-on battery powered LED tail light
    Add a screw eye to the seat back and use a badge clip to quickly attach the light when needed.



    2. Miter gauge holder
    Attach a tool hook to a Harbor Freight magnet (95 pound rating) to hold table saw & band saw miter gauges.



    3. Dust collector central switch
    Mount a standard light switch on/above the ceiling near the center of the workshop, drill a small hole in the lever, use a zip tie to attach a handle (a hunting arrow in this case).



    4. Rotary tool bit holderDrill 1/8" holes in a 2" thick board and cut the back at a 10-15 degree angle to create a wall-mounted bit holder that can tolerate vibration without losing bits.



    5. Wireless garage door control (Mounted)
    If running wires is difficult, mount a battery-powered garage door remote to a switch plate by cutting and bending its visor clip. In my case, this location is at the top of the stairs coming up from a lower level garage.



    6. Articulating arm for garage fan
    To provide air circulation in an irregularly shaped garage, build an articulating fan arm from 2" PVC (reinforce the ends before drilling by using a rotary tool to remove the internal ridges from couplers, then slide a coupler fully onto each end, bonded with PVC cement).



    7. Suspension arm for painting small objects
    Use a leftover garage door railing bracket and scrap lumber make a removable arm that allows small objects to be suspended with string while painting.



    8. Low profile, low cost TV mount
    Cut a Bi-Pass Closet Door Track rail in half and use the two pieces to create a sturdy, cheap, low profile TV wall mount.



    9. Frustration free wire clothing racks
    To avoid getting hangers caught in older wire closet shelves, block the upper gap with a piece of thin metal or wood.



    10. Corner wire closet shelves without mid-span supports
    To reclaim shelf space broken up by angled metal supports on corner shelves, attach wooden supports behind the shelf lip to tie the shelf segments together (secure with zip ties).

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    Fan Arm.png   Paint Arm.png   TV Mount.png   Hanger Guard.png   Corner Reinforcement.png  

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    Thinkin' out of the box!!
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    I like #3 good idea. I have plenty of aluminum arrows too

    Similar to #7, I hang things from the overhead door tracks. I just have to remember NOT to open the door when paint is drying I should turn off the breaker for the door, but never think of it. So far no accidents
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    Here's another one. We have a locking door coming in from the garage. The round knob is hard to open with full hands. I didn't want to buy a new lever handle and pay to have it rekeyed. In the photo below, you'll see my solution using an uncut key blank and the end of a grill cleaning brush handle. Works great...

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    The suspension arm for painting is interesting. I just hang my small projects from the branches of the trees behind my garage. I keep them over soft areas in case I forget about them and the wind comes up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keane View Post
    The suspension arm for painting is interesting. I just hang my small projects from the branches of the trees behind my garage. I keep them over soft areas in case I forget about them and the wind comes up.
    That's what I was doing, until I tried painting too soon after a rain...
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