Spool tool

January 1st, 2011

Build a tangle-free cradle for binding and bungee. Problem Narrow goods, like binding, bungee and line, sold on spools, can be difficult to work with, and can tangle while working. Solution Build a simple cradle out of plastic or plywood to hold various size spools. Process Cut cradle pieces to the size and shape, as […]

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Simple, convenient storage

September 1st, 2010

Organize multiple rolls of webbing and Velcro. Problem Storing different sizes, colors and types of webbing and Velcro takes up a lot of space, and can be messy. Solution Build a simple storage tower out of scrap materials that will organize multiple rolls of webbing, and will allow you to take your webbing to the […]

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Versatile marking tool

July 1st, 2010

Draw even, neat and accurate seam allowances and cut lines. Problem Drawing even seam allowances and sew lines on curved or odd-shaped pieces can be difficult and inaccurate. Solution Make a simple marking tool that has fixed pencil positions for predetermined seam allowances and cut line widths. This tool can be used with a straight-edge […]

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Non-skid bimini mounting foot

May 1st, 2010

Position bimini frames easily and safely on boats with no hardware. Problem Positioning a new bimini frame on a boat without existing hardware can be difficult and dangerous, particularly when working by yourself or with a large, heavy frame. Solution Make simple, non-skid, non-marking “feet” that you can attach quickly and easily to the bimini […]

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Cut your own Velcro strips

March 1st, 2010

Customize widths, eliminate clutter and save money by cutting Velctro strips. Problem Stocking all sizes, colors and styles of Velcro is costly and space prohibitive. Solution Make a simple Velcro slitter to customize 2-inch Velcro to any width. You can easily customize the Velcro into 1/2-inch, 1-inch and 1 1/2-inch strips by placing the razor […]

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Zippy zipper storage

January 1st, 2010

Use a clear storage tote to hold and dispense zipper chain easily. Proble Zipper chain, sold in 100-yard lengths, is packaged on a cardboard sleeve that is hard to use and store. Solution Store zipper chain, with the cardboard sleeve removed, in a clear storage tote with a hole cut into the lid. How Purchase […]

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