Friday afternoon, trapped between an M and a beer, trying to avoid doing the last tuning by cleaning up the bench. There is a box on the end, about the size of a shoe box, but with low sides. It has been there for 38 years, in one form or another, and has come to be indispensable as I work my way through all sorts of piano stuff.
There are several pieces of sandpaper with different grits, sizes, and ages. There are razor blades, some unopened while others are more scrape than slice. A couple of pieces of veneer and some clothespins, little spring clamps, and a few hammer shanks, pencils, and toothpicks. Amazing how often an action will need a splint, so there is the spool of thread. Dowels can always help, so several small pieces of them and a role of tape. The little bitty squirt bottle of Tite-bond and a tube of one use CA.
While the abrasives cabinet has supply of everything from the sheets of 80 grit to the Dremel drums, when I need drums, I look in the box first, because left-overs are usually tossed there rather than going back to supply. There is a stub of a candle and some pin block plugs. Sprinkled through all of this is a handful of assorted punchings, pieces of felt and buckskin. Several small blocks for small clamping, a small piece of rosewood that has been in there for 3 decades, I don't know whyâ€¦ and my favorite Starrett 6 inch ruler.
These things are all thrown together so I don't have to go looking for them, and have been needed so consistently over the years that it is distilled into a workable miscellany. There is some carbon paper, and oh, yea, plenty of thin strips of brown paper tape for travel and spacing. A pin, four colors of felt dust in the bottom, and a picture of my children that I have looked at so much that it is about used up.
So, who else has a box of essential stuff at the end of the bench?