I’M ALMOST OUT OF LIPSTICK

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!

L/W

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 I’ll be checking with my wife to see if she has any outdated lipsticks.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

L/W

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