Solution for small-part finishing work
Finishing small pieces is frustrating. Using your fingers to hold the pieces is messy, and the finish may stick to your work surface.
Build a finishing box. From 3⁄4 " stock, cut the sides, top, and bottom of a 4 x 10 x 20" box. Clamp the top and bottom pieces together and drill 1⁄4 " through holes simultaneously to ensure alignment. Unclamp the assembly, and epoxy 3" lengths of 1⁄4 " steel rod with sharpened points into the bottom holes. Enlarge the top holes to permit free up-and-down movement of 8"-long sharpened rods. Now you can coat small pieces without fear of making fingerprints and smudges.
—W. P. Locke, Huntington Beach, Calif.