In the last blog, I shared a simple tip that saves time and makes my shop safer. One thing I have noticed over the years is that small changes made regularly almost always have greater impact than big, usually expensive and time consuming changes. and in that light, I share this next tip: Chalkboard paint. Yeah, I know, it's not about sanding disks or belts, but it is about helping you think efficiency.
I referenced using chalkboard paint in my shop in a blog back in September 2014. I have since moved my shop, and one of the first things I did in the new space was added chalk boards. Some are painted door panels like before, some are simply plywood scraps painted and hung where convenient.
I even painted a 4' by 8' section of the wall. I use this for my "cue cards" when shooting video. I can look past the camera and see the chalkboard without appearing to look away.
At my age, my eyes are not what they used to be. Having chalkboards around lets me post cut lists I can read from across the room, or a place to doodle and work out designs.
The chalkboard paint is available in a can for brushing on, and in spray cans for quick jobs. I have even sprayed it onto strips of painter's tape to make removable labels that can be written in chalk.
None of this, of course, has much to do with our usual line of sanding supplies, but we figure that if we can help you pay attention to the small details that will save you time and money, you'll have more to spend when next you place a sandpaper order!