I’ve started this category because I don’t think it’s necessary for each artist to have to discover all those things that will help them create whatever it is that they are working on.
I invite other artists to share things the techniques they have ‘discovered’. I know that in some sense, we are all ‘competitors’, but I feel we are also allies in the world of art. Your ‘vision’ can’t be copied!
I got tired of running to the hardware store every time I needed, say a 1 3/4″ bolt, or I had a need for a bolt that didn’t quite fit any of the possible choices. Because of the type of things I make, it doesn’t often matter what the diameter is.
From working with lamps, I have these lengths of 3/8″ threaded pipe (Avner tells me they are called ‘nipples’). I realized that I could use them, put the nuts on them, and cut them to the exact length of whatever I wanted to join. I use this to join metal and wood parts, but it could probably be used for other materials.
Klockit (http://www.klockit.com) sells these in 36″ lengths for less that $2.