Screws and drill bits are often a necessary part of wood turning, but let’s be honest… they’re hard to keep track of. One minute they’re on your workbench and the next they are gone! It’s likely they have rolled off the table when you weren’t paying attention.
Now, if you’re anything like us and your eyesight isn’t what it used to be, it can be difficult to find them among the sawdust. There are a couple of ways to get around this problem.
Homemade Wooden Storage Unit
Have you thought about making a storage tray to keep track of your loose pieces? This is a great and economical way to prevent lost screws and drill bits. You can customise it specifically to your needs and fits. We recommend using compartments to separate styles and sizes. Here is a great example of one from sawdustgirl.com.
If you need a quicker fix to this problem, magnets are a great way for finding your lost metal pieces. Simply just screw or tape the magnet to a stick and run it along the ground. This should attract and collect the missing parts.
You want the magnet to be of super strength for this to work correctly. At Mayama we have the perfect magnet for this task!
Our Super Strength Magnet 15 x 3 mm is only $1.16 and has a screw hole in the middle for convenience. This is available for purchase online and in-store.
Hopefully this has helped to solve how to keep track of your metal woodturning parts.