Write on Your Walls
If you have the wall space, get a 4 x 8-ft. sheet of panel board and hang it on your wall. It's cheap and makes a great dry-erase board. Use it for shopping lists, tool wish lists, phone numbers, cutting lists, figuring out designs and whatever else comes to mind.
New Life for Broken Shop Vacuums
Next time an old shop vacuum dies, don't trash the whole thing—just toss the lid and motor, and then use the canister as a roll-around trash can. Just nudge it with your toe to move it wherever you need it.
Simple Putty Knife Cleaning
When you're stripping furniture, use this easy method for getting all the goo off your putty knife. Make some slits in the side of a cardboard box and just pull your knife through the slits. All the goo will drop off into the box. Stripping chemicals can be combustible, so make sure you let the goo dry thoroughly before disposing of it.