Monday, November 22, 2010

Jim Jenkins - Pill bottles make good scroll saw blade holders.

As craftsmen we are always looking for tips and suggestions to make our craft easier. I especially like to see the New Yankee spirit of never throwing anything away. Jim Jenkins, a new scroller from Ohio sent me this neat little suggestion for storing blades.

Jim noticed that the pill bottles he gets from Walgreens drug store have a two way top. They have an inner and outer thread. One way is child proof and the other is easy open.

Jim noticed that if he cut an opening in the top like the picture above he could attach two bottles together.
Notice that the locking inner threads go on the bottom half of the blade holder. All you have to do is insert the blades and screw on the top bottle to the non locking threads. Could not be simpler and if you are like most of us old farts around here you have plenty of pill bottles.

Jim cut some holes in a piece of wood to keep the bottles together. This is not a finished project. He said this was just a mock up. Jim suggested building a wooden platform that could be attached to the saw.

Jim and I discussed that not everyone will have access to the Walgreens style two way tops. It would just take a bit more effort to super glue up a clip on style top and accomplish the same thing. Thanks Jim.

Sand-Flee Update:

Well I have had a chance to spend a little time with the tool. I thought this would be an easy tool to review but I was wrong. I wanted to get a video review up by last weekend. That did not happen. What I have realized is that this is a unique tool not like anything I have used before and I have used every type of sander you can think of. I am going to do a full review but not until I feel like I know what the Sand-Flee is actually capable of. It really is a pretty neat tool and I don't want to short change it because of ignorance on my part. Stay tuned.

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