When using small cans of finish or stain, I place the can inside a 6" magnetic parts tray, less than $10 at an auto-parts store.
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When using small cans of finish or stain, I place the can inside a 6" magnetic parts tray, less than $10 at an auto-parts store. The magnet holds the can with enough force to prevent tipping when wiping a brush of excess material. As an added bonus, the parts tray keeps any drips off my bench.

—Robert Schwab, New Berlin, N.Y.

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