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by Steven D. Johnson
Racine, Wisconsin

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New Use For A Great Product

Little hockey pucks with non-slip material glued to each side became a momentary hit last year, but when the euphoria of yet-another better mousetrap faded, we all realized that there are valuable uses for non-slip surfaces in our shops that the little pucks don't satisfy. A couple of years ago I wrote of the advantages of Zerust Rust Preventing Drawer Liners. Since then, I have faithfully replaced the liners annually to keep their magic rust prevention properties at full strength, but I don't throw away the old liners. Turns out, they are a formidable anti-slip material, too.

Just the other day I was laying flooring and my portable flooring saw was slipping about on the subfloor creating an annoying, and perhaps dangerous, situation. I grabbed some of my used Zerust material, placed it under the saw, and unintended movement of the saw stopped cold. An added advantage...When I eventually needed to place the saw on the finished flooring to continue the job, the Zerust material protected the surface nicely.

Sometimes, even though my workbench probably weighs 400 pounds, I have been able to make it slide. Vigorous planing or pounding on something in the vise could make the bench "scoot." I glued some Zerust liner to both sides of four 1/4" pieces of plywood cut to match the size of the legs and with help, lifted the bench and placed these custom anti-slip pads under the legs...problem irrevocably solved.

Even if you live in an arid location devoid of humidity and rust, Zerust Drawer Liner material can still be a handy addition to your shop.

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Steven Johnson is retired from an almost 30-year career selling medical equipment and supplies, and now enjoys improving his shop, his skills, and his designs on a full time basis (although he says home improvement projects and furniture building have been hobbies for most of his adult life).

Steven can be reached directly via email at downtoearthwoodworks@me.com.

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