Why Woodworkers Should ALWAYS Have Lip Balm On Hand

Did you know lip balm such as Chap Stick can be used to lubricate screws when working with hardwoods? Smear a bit on the screw before driving it in wood.

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While working as a telephone installer, I found that Chap Stick is not only a good remedy for chapped lips, it is also a handy pocket-size lubricant for easing nail and screw applications. — Rev. Jim Irving

Lubricating screws is especially important when working with hardwoods such as maple, walnut or cherry, when driving fasteners can be difficult and produces a lot of heat. Many woodworkers keep beeswax or even a toilet wax ring in their workshop for lubricating screws, but lip balm will do the job, too. It’s small size fits nicely in a toolbox or in a pocket for toting to different jobsites, plus you can use it to soothe dry lips.