Tools, tips and tricks

July 1, 2020

These are submissions to the Marine Fabricators Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest.  Tip 1 : Grommet foot pedal This custom foot pedal for our pneumatic Edward Segal grommet machine allows us to maneuver large pieces of fabric with both hands in order to set grommets more quickly and accurately, instead of holding the fabric with …

Tools, tips and tricks

May 1, 2020

These are submissions to the 2020 Marine Fabricators Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest and Marine Fabricator magazine.  Tip 1  Mini fabric table saw Here’s a slightly dangerous, but effective little tip. Hammer a nice, sharp razor blade at a 45-degree angle into your cutting table. Keep the fabric flat and push or pull it …

Jumping on the design trend bandwagon

March 3, 2020

Embrace new design materials with knowledge and caution. by Sigrid Tornquist “Customers are always looking to us, the materials manufacturers, to guide them on trends while bringing new innovation,” says Warren J. McCrickard, executive vice president, sales and marketing for Dothan, Ala.-based Infinity Luxury Woven Vinyl™. “If it is cool to the touch, easy to …

Tools, tips and tricks

March 1, 2020

These are submissions to the 2020 Marine Fabricators Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest.  Tip 1  Clever solo measuring trick Being that I do most of my measuring alone, I’ve always struggled with getting the end of the tape measure to stay onto a snap stud. I finally came up with a simple solution: I …

Tools, tips and tricks

January 1, 2020

These are submissions to the 2018 and 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest.  Tip 1: Smooth, indestructible tabletop A combination of wood and 12-gauge sheet metal creates a smooth tabletop surface that is indestructible and isn’t damaged by a hot knife. Combine three adjustable wheeled tables with 12-gauge steel (8’ x 13’, …

Tools, tips and tricks

September 1, 2019

These are submissions to the 2018 and 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest.  The 2020 contest submission deadline is Dec. 10 at marine.ifai.com/marine-fabricators-conference/tools-tips-and-tricks/. Tip 1  Prevent burning on stainless steel frames Here is a simple and clean solution for keeping window materials from touching and burning stainless steel frames. Attach a narrow …

Tools, tips and tricks

July 1, 2019

These are submissions to the 2018 and 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest. Tip 1  Redesigned button die (2019 First-Place Don Racine Award winner) This tool is a redesigned version of the button die for the Hoover Pres-N-Snap Tool. The problem with the original is that the outside rubber ring gets in …

Tools, tips and tricks

May 1, 2019

These are submissions to the 2018 and 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest. Tip 1  Use color coding to track job progress I purchase multicolor job folders from our local office supply company and coordinate my Outlook calendar using category colors that correspond with the folders. —Joni Johnstone, Lakeside Marine Canvas Inc. …

Better workforce strategies

March 1, 2019

Picture this: It’s bedtime and children peer into the dark asking the perennial question: Is the boogeyman here? And if so, what are they going to do about it? The boogeyman comes from the 15th-century Middle English word “bogeyman,” which means “frightening specter.” Legend has this ubiquitous creature prowling around at night, snatching up misbehaving …

Clever tips from marine fabricators

These are submissions to the 2018 and 2019 Marine Fabricators Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest. Tip 1 Document your projects with a drone Photo documentation is the most important tool we use to show our work to potential customers on our websites and in promotional documents. But in a tight marina with full slips …