Shop Tip #143
© Frank Ford 2005; Photo by FF

Particularly if you do metal work in the same area as wood work, you should consider covers for power tools. The oils that protect metal lathes and mills attract dust like crazy, and you can simply skip the hassle of cleanup by covering those tools. My lathe, here, has a simple canvas cover I made up for my metal lathe by taking the rough rectangular dimensions of the tool and making a cloth box to enclose it. There's no need for expert tailoring - if you can do other shop projects, you can sew up a simple cover. OK, if you want to be cute about it, you can tell your wife how "important" it is and how you "can't" handle the sewing machine. . .