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Tip shows how to turn a pre-fabricated clothes closet (garment storage bag with attached frame) into a finishing closet for small items.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #65 Apr 1998 pg. 34

Tip: Turn a wooden stepladder into an easel for holding screens or windows while painting them.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jul 1980 (v.58#7) pg. 38

Tip shows how to use a thick rubber band over an open can of paint to remove excess paint from the brush.
BOYS' LIFE Mar 1992 (v.82#3) pg. 8

For that finishing touch. A home-built drying cabinet provides the ideal environment for ensuring a dust-free finish. A simple framework is covered with plastic film, furnace filters catch the dust and light bulbs provide heated air.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jan 1987 (v.10#4) pg. 63
Added Info CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1987 (v.10#6) pg. 6

All about painting. Part 2. Painting equipment and materials and how to properly prepare surface.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #118 Jun 1970 (v.20#5) pg. 36

Tip: Use a circle of screening to force paint lumps to the bottom of the can.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #232 Oct 1982 (v.32#8) pg. 107

Tip shows how to notch a wood paint stick for scraping the inside of the can clean.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #342 Oct 1993 (v.43#9) pg. 39

Tip: Drywall screw and a scrap of wood form "stilts" to hold a freshly-painted door away from floor and wall.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #32 Apr-May 1986 pg. 16

Paint caddy. Plywood platform on wheels carries paint and protects baseboard and floor from splatters when using a roller.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #40 Jun-Jul 1987 pg. 16

Tip: Use a rubber glove and toilet paper to keep paint or stain from running down your arm when painting overhead.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #41 Aug-Sep 1987 pg. 14

Tip on using a split-spiral key ring installed on the bail of a paint can as a thumb grip when hand-holding the can.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #70 Oct-Nov 1991 pg. 34

Tip on wiping excess paint off a brush using a wire instead of the lip of the paint can.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #82 Jun-Jul 1993 pg. 26

Tip on using a 1-gal. plastic milk jug as a combination paint pot and brush holder.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #97 Aug-Sep 1995 pg. 28

Tip on setting up a non-spray finishing booth in an unheated garage.
FINE WOODWORKING #110 Jan-Feb 1995 pg. 28

Taking the pain out of painting. What is available in "power painters" and tips on their use.
HOMEOWNER Jan-Feb 1987 (v.12#1) pg. 70

Tip: Use a skateboard to sit on when painting baseboards.
HOMEOWNER May 1987 (v.12#4) pg. 14

Two-wheel equipment dolly holds house painting supplies (paint, brushes, etc.).
HOMEOWNER Oct 1987 (v.12#8) pg. 68

Tip on how to make a half-lid for a paint can for use in wiping the brush after dipping.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1978 (v.6#8) pg. 95

Tip: Bend your own pot hook to hold gallon paint cans on the outside of your ladder rail.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug-Sep 1985 (v.13#7) pg. 159

Tips on using an old hair drier attached to plastic tubing with a funnel arrangement to blow fine white sand onto paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1987 (v.15#2) pg. 10

Improvised striping tool.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1963 (v.120#2) pg. 164

Tip: Use wire bookends to securely hold a paint can to the top of a stepladder.
POPULAR MECHANICS Sep 1981 (v.156#3) pg. 195

Tip: Use a window-washing squeegee to paint old-fashioned cast-iron radiators.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1987 (v.164#3) pg. 140

A jig for painting storm windows. Mounted on a sawhorse, the window can be painted, then flipped over to paint the other side. Involves drilling holes in edges of storm window.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1973 (v.203#3) pg. 132

Two L-brackets and some wood are used to form "pivots" which suspend a door between two sawhorses. The door can be painted on one side and then rotatated to paint the second side. Ideal when spray painting. Holding the door in a horizontal position also eliminates runs.
POPULAR SCIENCE Dec 1989 (v.235#6) pg. 106

Paint can rim guard eliminates the need for cleaning up the rim and side of the cans. Made from hardboard.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #62 Sep 1991 (v.11#2) pg. 8

Tip: Use double-faced carpet tape to hold small objects while painting or finishing.
WOOD MAGAZINE #28 Apr 1989 (v.6#2) pg. 14

Piece of reinforced strapping tape across the top of an opened paint can serves as a brush wiper.
WOOD MAGAZINE #43 Jun 1991 (v.8#4) pg. 18

Paddle shape cut from plywood or hardboard, with cleats on 3 sides, holds a paint can and contains drips.
WOOD MAGAZINE #65 Nov 1993 (v.10#8) pg. 8

Paint-can cover (made of scrap wood) protects the rim from filling up with paint as you wipe the brush.
WOOD MAGAZINE #74 Nov 1994 (v.11#8) pg. 26

Finishing cabinet. Roll around cabinet made of wood and pegboard stores your finishing supplies and features a pull-out tray to hold supplies and a turntable top to hold the object being finished. Overall dimensions: 24"x26"x29" tall.
WOODSMITH #96 Dec 1994 (v.16) pg. 24

Tip: How to make your own felt pads for rubbing down surface finishes.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1984 (v.8#3) pg. 6

How a sawhorse assembled from 2x4s and brackets can be used in several ways. (1) How to make a V-shaped assembly to mount on top of a regular sawhorse for cutting logs. (2) How to make a painting platform from sawhorse brackets, 2x4s a short stepladder and a plywood platform. (3) How to mount a turntable on top of a sawhorse. (4) How to make a "window shade" paint shield for spray painting.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1975 (v.31#1) pg. 28

Tip: Make a pouring lid for 1-gallon paint cans.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1980 (v.36#2) pg. 9

Tip: Use a Hindu fakir "bed of nails" to support the freshly painted bottom of a project while you finish the sides and top.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1983 (v.39#2) pg. 5

How to apply finish to both sides of a door or any large panel without waiting for one side to dry. Requires only a length of rope and some nails.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1989 (v.45#3) pg. 35