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Friday's Tip for October 25th

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Glove Finger Chisel Protectors

My Chisels used to get dull and rusty rattling around in my toolbox. No more! I found a clever way to protect them. I cut the fingers off some old leather work gloves. Then I poked holes with an awl and threaded a drawstring through the holes. Now I just slide the chisel blades into the "pocket" and close it tight with the drawstring. I found that by drilling some 3-in-one oil into the pockets, the oil soaks into the leather and ends up rubbing off on the chisels. Now the chisels don't rust any more either! I wipe the chisels with a clean cloth before use so the oil won't contaminate my wood. 

David Losinger

My Take

I love thrifty tips like this. Yes, I have a chisel roll, but it doesn't even come close to holding all of my chisels, so I've used this tip. I've also made individual covers from scrap leather and rivets, not to mention cardboard and duct tape. For a true penny-pincher, it'd be tough to cut the fingers off of an old glove. How many fingers would have to be worn out to make a pair of gloves fair game for re-purposing? Also, if you're already stitching leather, why not repair the gloves?