Make your own DIY drawing bow

Have you ever been in a situation where you want to draw a nice curve but don't have the proper tools? This happens to me all the time when drawing up a project. Usually I look around the house to find large bowls or anything that I can use as a tracing utensil and this actually works most of the time, but not always. The other day I was working on designing a bar stool and it required a long arc. Simple I thought I would just use a flexible straight edge and pencil it in. The trouble I ran into is that I needed either A, a shop buddy or B, two more hands. Again scrounging around in the shop I got it figured. A Ratchet strap!

I use these 1/8" thick straight edges all the time because they are flexible and spring back fairly well. Combined with a ratchet strap along its length you can turn the straight edge into a drawing bow. Tension it more or less depending on the desired arc that you want and when you let go, it stays in place. Since my straight edges from end to end are accurate to whatever length it is all you have to do is line up your center line with 18" say on a 36" straight edge, or 24" on a 48" and so on. If you are looking for an oblong arc then you can line up anywhere but the center line and it will be repeatable each time. Hope you found this useful. Below is a few amazon affiliate links to the items I use. If you decide to purchase these items please use these links to help support my little tips. Enjoy!

Empire 36" straight edge

Ratchet straps

Organizing your workspace

I would find myself in the middle of a project and unable to find the next tool required to do the job. I am sure I am not the only one who has experienced this. I found myself at times digging through drawers, looking behind benches and starting to believe that I have been burglarized of my favorite hand tools! Well… this became frustrating and tiring to say the least, so I decided to look for way to keep my tools organized and in plain site versus hunting down a fictional burglar with red beady greedy eyes.

The magnetic tool caddy... Simply put I started keeping my most used tools out of the drawers and right in front of me at eye level and easy access. After a tool was used the tool goes right back onto the magnetic strip and back in service. This helped me from having tools roll into back of drawers and underneath things and also made organization a breeze. I went with these off amazon they mount up easily with a few screws and hold and release tools with ease. If this sounds like something that would work for you check it out here.