and windows for a scratch-built old- time wooden coach
Here are a
couple of quick ideas for the next time you have a project where many
small and tiny pieces are involved. This would include trestle bents, fences,
doors windows and a host of other small parts.
The first is a
holder for small parts. The other is to hold small amounts of glue and
a few small scraps of paper to use as a gluing surface
Both of these
projects are built in an hour or two and can make the tedious job of
gluing easy and neat.
holder is simply a 2-5/8 x 1-3/4 x 1” box weighted by pennies to 8
ounces. This prevents the box from being knocked around by desktop
activity and in a pinch, the box itself can be used a weight to hold
the parts of a project to the desktop as they are glued.
The top has a
1/8” layer drilled with holes that are a “press fit” for cups or
This holder is
also useful for coupler springs and beads
The cups can be
of any convenient length. I have a supply of various lengths that can
be interchanged as dictated by the project and the size of the parts
Make cups from
straws, wire nuts, or even brass telescopic tubing. Look in your friendly
hardware store or parts box for even more ideas.
You can even
use the cups for painting and detailing small parts.