No More Fishing for Brads
You're assembling a project with brads, but you may as well be wearing mittens as you try to pick up the tiny brads from the workbench or out of the box. Put a bunch of brads on a magnetic pick-up tool. Drill a hole that fits the handle of your tool into a block of scrapwood. Then, instead of pouring out some brads, poke that pick-up tool into the box and bring out a cluster of brads. Stand the tool in the block of wood. Now, pick brads off the magnetic tool one at a time for fumble-free nailing. Don't have a magnetic pick-up tool? Tape a craft-store magnet to a scrap of dowel rod.
—Frank H. Day, Anaconda, Mont.