Posted 17 June 2011 - 11:00 AM
Buy your "shop supplies" in bulk. Chip and foam brushes by the case, dispensing cups (something I don't use) by the multiple sleeve box, etc. By it's very nature, these supplies get eaten up when working with things, you don't want on you. I don't save gloves, but I do mixing tubs which are large plastic cake boxes, with smooth bottoms and very large radius corners. I dispense epoxy directly into this and mix in the 12" x 18" tub. Once thickened enough to stay put on a "hock" I transfer the thickened goo to a home made hock, which is nothing more then some scrap plywood that's been coated. This hock permits me to spread out the epoxy into a 1/16" thick sheet of goo, which removes the possibility of heat build up and makes it easy to pickup precise amounts of goo with a plastic spreader. If the goo mixture is too runny for the hock it stays in the big mixing tub. Other then buying in bulk, I've found no good way to save on shop supplies. I go through 6 to 8 rolls of paper towels a month, I open a 50 count box of gloves every few weeks, depending on what I'm up to. I suppose I could cut back to 4 to 6 rolls of paper towels and maybe reuse some gloves, but what am I really saving here? If I was really diligent about it, I might muster $20 in monthly savings? Oh pleeease, that's not worth having a reused glove burst open, just as your fingers push into some goo. Yes, I have a huge trash can at the curb, twice a week. The trash guys think I'm doing surgery with all the gloves, clearly visible.