Hand Truck

Last winter I picked up this hand truck for $5 on Facebook Marketplace.

This weekend I cleaned it up, painted it, and replaced some parts. Looks and works great now! Just in time to move a couple sets of washers and dryers.

Shop Blow Dryer

My newest tool isn’t one you’d usually think of for a workshop. When B was getting a new blow dryer for her bathroom I asked if I could have her old one. It was dark pink and caked with makeup, but I saw potential. After a simple disassembly, some cleaning, and a new paint job it’s new again.

A blow dryer is useful in a shop when you want to speed dry spray paint, make glue cure quicker, or even create an oven.

Plumb Bob Restoration

I paid $1 for this plumb bob at an estate sale last month.

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I was cleaning my shop yesterday when I noticed it hanging on the wall and figured I’d bring some new life to it. Didn’t take long.

I removed the rust with a brass wire wheel on the grinder, replaced the string, and made a handle out of a piece of dowel.

In My Car

I’ve had a deck of cards and multi-tool in the center console of my vehicle for years. Not sure I’ve ever used either. The flashlight is something I put in there a couple of years ago.

6-in-1 Utility Pen

Hitachi had a big booth at Maker Faire Detroit and was giving out these awesome pens. I may have walked by a couple of extra times throughout the day. 😉

I’d never seen anything like these. Some Googling found several variations. Some had a full length ruler instead of the knurled grip seen here. You can get one for $8-10 on Amazon. A bulk supplier, selling a version almost identical to this, has the pens listed for than $2 if you’re ordering a bunch. The features of all of the versions were common:

  • Pen
  • Ruler (inches and centimeters)
  • Stylus (use with a touch screen)
  • Level
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver

Since I got 3 of the pens, I put one in my car, one at my hobby desk, and one at my garage workbench.