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In the Shop

RSS By: Dan Anderson, Farm Journal

As a farm machinery mechanic and writer, Dan brings a hands-on approach that only a pro can muster. Along with his In the Shop blog, Dan writes a column by the same name as well as the Shop Series for Farm Journal magazine. Always providing practical information, he is a master at tackling technical topics and making them easy for all of our readers to understand. He and his wife, Becky, live near Bouton, Iowa.

A Brilliant Idea I'm Going To Steal

Nov 10, 2013

 I was working in a farmer's shop yesterday and saw a simple shop "improvement" that is simple, useful and cheap.

He had a collection of wood blocks stacked neatly under his work bench, ranging from ubiquitous 2" x 4" blocks up to a respectable stash of 6" x 6" and 8" x 8" blocks. They were all around 1 to 2 feet in length--the perfect size to be handy-as-heck around the shop. 

What I thought was clever was that he had used lag screws to attach a metal barn door handle to the end of each of the larger blocks. What a brilliant idea. A simple barn door handle on the end of each block makes them easy to carry, and provides an easy way to grab, pull, shove or turn the block--or a stack of blocks--to position them under a machine.

What more can I say? A cheap way to make an elemental shop "tool" easier to use. 

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