Richard White on sun 8 jan 06
On Sun, 8 Jan 2006 14:49:11 -0500, Lili Krakowski
[snipped a bunch...]
When the bottom is made, clean and compress it with a good big rib.
By"good" I mean one you can hold with both hands, and really push down with.
The size of a postcard is not too big. Beg or buy a piece of hardwood (one
can buy samplers of hardwood from cabinet maker supply houses) bevel and
round the edges to your need.
[and then snipped the rest too...]
Such a rib can be found in the electrical aisle of your local HomeDespot,
Lowes, or probably any decent hardware store for less than a dollar. In the
section of cover plates for electrical outlets, look for the el-cheapo
generic white enameled cover plates and choose the oversized one (there are
"standard" sized ones and larger ones for when the wall around the outlet
box is all hacked up and you need a larger one to cover the mess - this is
the one you want) with the gently rounded edge (not the beveled edge). To
use for compressing the bottom of large flat plates/platters/etc., hold it
face down and use either the long edge or short edge as needed. The two big
holes (which were for the electrical outlets) give you a good place to grab
it with the middle fingers while pressing down on the working edge with the
Donald G. Goldsobel on mon 9 jan 06
Another great source for big ribs and scrappers is at the auto parts
store-get a set of the plastic tools used by body shop workers for smoothing
out the body filler. They cost a few dollars and there are 3-6 in a set.
They are softer than metal, but versitile, cheap and can be cut to form
profile tools. They melt so a soldering iron can be used to alter the shape.
Jeff Guin on tue 10 jan 06
Similar to Donald's ribs,
I buy old records from the antique shops---45s and 33s. I usually only pay a
dollar or two per record. Just score them with a utility knife down the
center and they crack in half. Works for me.
Coon Valley, WI
>From: "Donald G. Goldsobel"
>Subject: Re: Throwing big plates. long. Hi Mary!
>Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2006 07:04:42 -0800
>Another great source for big ribs and scrappers is at the auto parts
>store-get a set of the plastic tools used by body shop workers for
>out the body filler. They cost a few dollars and there are 3-6 in a set.
>They are softer than metal, but versitile, cheap and can be cut to form
>profile tools. They melt so a soldering iron can be used to alter the
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Ivor and Olive Lewis on thu 12 jan 06
Dear Jeff Guin,=20
Using old vinyl discs in this way is good recycling. But I hope you =
check out the titles before you run that blade across them. In good =
condition they are like books. Some editions have a much higher cash =
value, real collectors items. I know of people who make money from this =