I’M ALMOST OUT OF LIPSTICK
Is lipstick one of your necessary “tools” in the shop? How many of you woodworkers use it?
My lip balm gets used regularly but my lipstick is just a special-occasion item.
Today I installed hardware on the bed I’m making. The hanging plate is mortised with additional deeper mortises for the protrusions behind the two hangers.
To make the alignment easier, I just smear lipstick on the back of the hardware where it needs to be mortised.
Then I place it on the wooden part where it will be installed and give it a whack!
Ta-Da. Now I know exactly where to deepen the mortise for the hardware to set flat.
A perfect fit!
Any time I need to align two pieces, I take out the lipstick and it works great. It works well for installing and aligning locks on doors, too.
I hate to waste anything and needed somewhere to use all those lipstick samples that were given to me decades ago!
-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin