Is lipstick one of your necessary “tools” in the shop? How many of you woodworkers use it?

My lip balm gets used regularly but my lipstick is just a special-occasion item.

Today I installed hardware on the bed I’m making. The hanging plate is mortised with additional deeper mortises for the protrusions behind the two hangers.

To make the alignment easier, I just smear lipstick on the back of the hardware where it needs to be mortised.

Then I place it on the wooden part where it will be installed and give it a whack!

Ta-Da. Now I know exactly where to deepen the mortise for the hardware to set flat.

A perfect fit!

Any time I need to align two pieces, I take out the lipstick and it works great. It works well for installing and aligning locks on doors, too.

I hate to waste anything and needed somewhere to use all those lipstick samples that were given to me decades ago!


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lanwater ...

I don’t use lipstick but vaseline on a couple of occasions to ease driving long screws.
baby powder trying to make a filer that tuned into a disaster :)

Thanks to your tip my wife will be missing a lipstick…

Wheaties - Bruce A Wheatcroft ( BAW Woodworking) ...

That’s a good idea

jim webster ...

that is a good idea

Mike40 ...

Great Idea. I’ll be checking with my wife to see if she has any outdated lipsticks.

Jack ...

Great idea, thank you.

Brian ...

I usually use a black marker for that but I hate it because its permanent and you have to move fast. This is such a better idea.

Thorreain ...

Great idea, thank you.

lightweightladylefty ...

Whadayaknow . . . this old lady could actually teach you fellas a new trick! I’m sure it’s been used by others; (I’m not clever enough to come up with these ideas on my own).

Sometimes once we learn a trick and use it for a long time, we forget that someone else might benefit from the idea. Glad you guys can use it . . . but don’t blame me if your wife doesn’t believe your “lipstick-on-your-collar” story!


Wheaties - Bruce A Wheatcroft ( BAW Woodworking) ...

Well thanks for the tip

Wolf (& Rabbit!) ...

Woodworking is sexy

Jeff Vandenberg ...

I have used finger nail polish before