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$ 1 Supply Store
When I buy supplies for my store, I often visit a store where things only cost $ 1. Many items sell for a lot more in a home improvement store, so I save a lot of money. You never know what you’ll find in a $ 1 store, but here’s a list of things to look for:
- Plastic drawer organizers, 3 per pack. They are perfect for small parts, finishes or for mixing epoxy.
- 100 cable ties to tie ropes, dowels or anything that needs to be wrapped.
- Shelf cover to be used as a sanding or milling pad. It is labeled “Crisper Liner” in my shop.
- Microfiber cloths. They work better than adhesive cloths for removing dust and you can wash and reuse them.
- LED lights. Stick them in cabinets, under cabinets, or anywhere you need a little extra light.
- A small tripod for a lightweight digital camera. Useful for remembering a setup weeks later.
- Dust masks.
- popsicle stick to mix epoxy, mix finish, use as small shims, fill disassembled screw holes, etc.
- Latex gloves for finishing.
- Plastic funnels for jet finishes.
- Spray bottles for solvents or water.
- toothbrush for cleaning a spray gun or machine parts. They are a must for restoring old rusty tools.
- Small paper cups for glue and small amounts of finish.
- Bags with zip closure. Store the foam brush in one of these if you are applying multiple coats of finish. It will remain usable for a day or two.
- Large wall clock.
- Hooks above the door hang the finished parts for drying.
- Cotton swabs. I use them to clean the rim on paint, styrofoam and stain cans.
- Plastic measuring cups. I use them to refine materials when following or writing a recipe.
- 60-minute charging timer.
- Durable shop towels.
- Hand cleaner.
- Wire whisk. Insert it into the drill to mix the paint.
- 2 ”blue painter’s tape. I mark the parts by putting a piece of duct tape over them, then write on the tape. It is easier to peel off the tape than to erase pencil marks on the wood.
- 2-inch spatula.
- The painter’s 5-in-1 tool. This is a great crowbar, glue scraper, putty cleaner, etc.
- toothpick to dab glue or repair screw holes.
- waxed paper to prevent glued parts from sticking to wooden supports. It is also useful for waxing tool tables and miter bars.
- Elastic bandages. Enough said.
- Large plastic scoop.
Here are some supplies and tools that we find essential in our daily shop work. We may receive a commission from sales reported by our links; however, we have carefully selected these products for their usefulness and quality.