Magnificent Magnets

Buy a handful of inexpensive, super-strong rare-earth magnets in varying diameters to store accessories on stationary power tools.

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Buy a handful of inexpensive, super-strong rare-earth magnets in varying diameters (www.leevalley.com) to store accessories on stationary power tools. You wont believe just how strong they are, but heres a clue: A 3/4-in. rare-earth magnet ($6.50 for a five-pack) will lift a 22-lb. hunk of steel right off the floor. My drill press bristles with magnets holding the chuck key and common sizes of drill bits. Magnets spaced on my table saw securely hold the miter gauge, blade-changing wrenches and a couple of saw blades to boot. For best results, lightly sand one side of the magnet with 100-grit sandpaper and glue it to the tool with a dab of cyanoacrylate glue (Super Glue). Warning! These magnets are strong enough to corrupt the electronics in computers, computer discs, cell phones and credit cards, so be careful where you put them! Thanks to Brian Campbell for this attractive idea.

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