HERE’S THE ESCAPEE:
A 0-80 nonmagnetic
socket-head cap screw.
LOST SCREW FINDER
An easy vacuum attachment that filters
small nonmagnetic parts. By Frank Ford
Ever drop a screw or other teeny part, look around
like crazy, and finally have to give up? Wish you had
a magic magnet that could attract plastic or brass
parts out of the debris on your shop floor?
Well, that’s never happened to me … but if it
ever does, I’ll be glad I made this little gizmo. It’s a
vacuum attachment that captures small bits in a
little canister so I can sort through them.
Photography by Frank Ford
Plastic CD-ROM spindle container
Finally, a use for one of these!
Small wire screen I cut mine from an old
1" diameter PVC plumbing: two 90° elbows,
one 45° elbow, and 2' of pipe
A vacuum, plus any adapter needed to fit it
to the PVC My shop vacuum’s 1½" hose
fit the PVC pipe after a bit of filing, no
Hacksaw or PVC pipe cutter
Scissors or wire cutter
Stapler or staple gun
1. Using a knife along with a short piece of PVC pipe
as a template, mark and cut 2 holes in the base of
the CD spindle. Neatness doesn’t count for much
here, but the holes should just clear the diameter
of the pipe and shouldn’t be too irregular.
2. Cut ¼" sections off 1 end of each of the 90°
elbows. Again, accuracy isn’t important. My