Faithful reader Tammy McBride offers this great idea: Craft sticks (a.k.a. Popsicle sticks) and their larger cousins, tongue depressors, are handy for all kinds of shop tasks. Use them to spread glue, mix stain and epoxy, measure and transfer a cutting width, pad those metal vise jaws (hold them in with carpet tape), push putty into nail holes and hold little brads for nailing. Keep them conveniently stashed around your workshop—you’ll be surprised how often you reach for one. Craft sticks are available at craft stores for $5 for a box of 1,000. Tongue depressors cost$5 for 500 at pharmacies.