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ShopTalk Tools, Tips & Tricks

ADVICE:

Maneuver large pieces of fabric with
both hands to set grommets quickly
and more accurately.

Clever tips from
marine fabricators
These are submissions to the Marine Fabricators
Conference Tools, Tips and Tricks contest.

TIP 1
Grommet foot pedal
This custom foot pedal for our pneumatic
Edward Segal grommet machine allows us to
maneuver large pieces of fabric with both hands in
order to set grommets more quickly and accurately,
instead of holding the fabric with only one hand
and using the other to press the machine arm down.
The foot pedal is made of scrap plywood, a door
hinge and bicycle brake cable. The foot pedal pulls
the cable through the housing that depresses the
machine's arm. A small piece of aluminum bent
into an L shape is attached to the face of the arm
with a few extra small bike parts. It works great!
We used this modification to set more than 1,000
grommets in wind dodgers for Puget Sound Electric.
Matt Jones, Oyster Creek Canvas

TIP 2
No scratch wedding band
Here's a handy tip: silicone wedding rings.
You can find them easily online. I don't
worry about my wedding band scratching
the gelcoat of the boats I'm working on.
Lightweight and comfortable. Keeps my
original band looking sharp for date night!
Michael Charpentier, Paul's Custom Canvas

Silicone wedding rings won't
scratch the gelcoat off boats!

Got a great idea?
Share it with us!
Email: erbernick@ifai.com

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