Triple-Duty Bottle Caps

Save a bunch of plastic caps from pop and motor oil bottles, and put ’em to work in your shop. They’ll do the following jobs for free:

pop bottle caps

Save a bunch of plastic caps from pop and motor oil bottles, and put ’em to work in your shop. They’ll do the following jobs for free:

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bar clamp holder with lid

Pipe clamp hanger. Since these caps screw tightly on 3/4-in. pipe threads, you can use them to store your pipe clamps on a shop wall. Drill holes in the top of the caps, tighten eye bolts in the holes with nuts on both sides, then attach them to your clamps and hang them up.

bottle cap mixing dish

Epoxy mixers. Epoxy that’s mixed in a plastic cap can’t spread out as you mix it, so it’s easier to scoop up and apply. Plus, you won’t waste epoxy by pour-ing out more than you need.

painting props with bottle caps

Painting coasters. Use ’em to elevate flat project pieces for easier painting and drying.