$1 Shop Supplies | Popular Woodworking Magazine

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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:

  1. Plastic drawer organizers, 3 per pack. They are perfect for small parts, finishes or for mixing epoxy.
  2. 100 cable ties to tie ropes, dowels or anything that needs to be wrapped.
  3. Shelf cover to be used as a sanding or milling pad. It is labeled “Crisper Liner” in my shop.
  4. Microfiber cloths. They work better than adhesive cloths for removing dust and you can wash and reuse them.
  5. LED lights. Stick them in cabinets, under cabinets, or anywhere you need a little extra light.
  6. A small tripod for a lightweight digital camera. Useful for remembering a setup weeks later.
  7. Brushes.
  8. Dust masks.
  9. popsicle stick to mix epoxy, mix finish, use as small shims, fill disassembled screw holes, etc.
  10. Latex gloves for finishing.
  11. Plastic funnels for jet finishes.
  12. Spray bottles for solvents or water.
  13. toothbrush for cleaning a spray gun or machine parts. They are a must for restoring old rusty tools.
  14. Small paper cups for glue and small amounts of finish.
  15. 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.
  16. Large wall clock.
  17. Hooks above the door hang the finished parts for drying.
  18. Cotton swabs. I use them to clean the rim on paint, styrofoam and stain cans.
  19. Plastic measuring cups. I use them to refine materials when following or writing a recipe.
  20. 60-minute charging timer.
  21. Durable shop towels.
  22. WD-40.
  23. Hand cleaner.
  24. Wire whisk. Insert it into the drill to mix the paint.
  25. 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.
  26. 2-inch spatula.
  27. The painter’s 5-in-1 tool. This is a great crowbar, glue scraper, putty cleaner, etc.
  28. toothpick to dab glue or repair screw holes.
  29. waxed paper to prevent glued parts from sticking to wooden supports. It is also useful for waxing tool tables and miter bars.
  30. Elastic bandages. Enough said.
  31. Large plastic scoop.

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