Author Topic: Tips and suggestions for keeping stuff from falling off your bench  (Read 689 times)

Offline RichardDepetris

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It happens so often that I never gave it much thought, but it has become a real pain.  While I am working on a project on my bench, there's always screws and small parts that fall on the floor.  I have to stop what I am doing to get on my hands and knees to look for it. It usually takes several minutes to find a small part.

Aside from installing a trapeze net under my bench, how have you resolved this situation? 


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Offline mexican jon

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Re: Tips and suggestions for keeping stuff from falling off your bench
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2017, 01:16:59 PM »
Work on the floor  :doh:  :lol: :lol:
People say you only live once ! I say thank F@*K can't afford to do it twice.

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Re: Tips and suggestions for keeping stuff from falling off your bench
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2017, 01:17:52 PM »
Work on the floor  :doh:  :lol: :lol:
I was actually thinking about it.


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Offline awemawson

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Re: Tips and suggestions for keeping stuff from falling off your bench
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2017, 01:22:47 PM »
A strip of the flexible magnet that's part of a 'fridge door seal glued around the vertical periphery of your bench. Not much use for brass screws but the steel ones will get caught  :thumbup:
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Re: Tips and suggestions for keeping stuff from falling off your bench
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2017, 01:23:23 PM »
Work on the floor  :doh:  :lol: :lol:
I was actually thinking about it.


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Re: Tips and suggestions for keeping stuff from falling off your bench
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2017, 01:28:17 PM »
Richard -- I use a "tray" with CRS Bars glued to it.  I then "attach" a bunch of magnetic cups to the "bars" into which I place my "small parts."  Unless I knock over the entire "tray," they stay where I put them.

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Re: Tips and suggestions for keeping stuff from falling off your bench
« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2017, 01:43:48 PM »
If that is wood table a shallow half round groove if you have a routter is a good solution. Anyt other "stoppers" are nasty to arms. Some old writing desks had some interestin features on the front.

Another thing is to keep floor clean, contrastic color helps.

I usually clean when I first have dropped something on floor and frustrate with swarf and it takses ages to find the part I dropped.

Pekka

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Re: Tips and suggestions for keeping stuff from falling off your bench
« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2017, 02:31:30 PM »
I built a jewellers bench top I can mount in the bench vice on my steel bench.  The jewellers bench can have a tea towel pinned underneath to catch fasteners etc.   Very handy for working on small and intricate parts.   Something like below.
Just get doing and make swarf, you can decide what its going to be later.   :thumbup:

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Re: Tips and suggestions for keeping stuff from falling off your bench
« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2017, 03:03:30 PM »
Self-adhesive foam weather-stripping applied at the front edge of the bench can provide a forearm-friendly barrier for both ferrous and non-ferrous parts.

If you don't want it on the bench all the time, apply it to a thin plastic strip that can be laid down when needed and removed when not.

Do your work on a soft, tight-weave, light-colored fabric so that small parts won't bounce if dropped.  An old baby blanket works well as do the newer micro-fiber cloths.

For jobs where springs or clips are likely to "jump out", do the work with the work and your hands inside a transparent plastic bag.  Clothing bags from dry cleaners work well.
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Re: Tips and suggestions for keeping stuff from falling off your bench
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2017, 03:39:30 PM »
If you have a wooden bench top, consider using a router with a ball shaped cutter to cut a shallow groove about an inch in from the edge, along the length of the bench; similar to the pencil groove on old time school desks.
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Re: Tips and suggestions for keeping stuff from falling off your bench
« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2017, 04:46:25 PM »
Hi Mike welcome to the forum  :thumbup:

How do you fancy popping over to the introductions section of the forum and telling us all about your workshop and projects ?

http://madmodder.net/index.php/board,3.0.html

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Re: Tips and suggestions for keeping stuff from falling off your bench
« Reply #11 on: May 22, 2017, 04:02:56 AM »
Hi Andrew, thanks for the welcome. I'm slowly finding my way around the forum and have posted an introduction.

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Re: Tips and suggestions for keeping stuff from falling off your bench
« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2017, 05:30:03 AM »
Can't help with falling off- a wet &dry vac. cleaner is good , just search in the bottom for dropped bit. Hold a torch flat to the floor, shows up dropped bits.