Broken Garden Rake

Don’t throw away a garden rake just because the handle is broken. It can be used as a convenient rack to hold small tools such as hammers, screwdrivers and wrenches. Just attach the rake section to the wall with the tines out and hang the tools between the tines.

Recipe for Varnish Remover

Mix 1 cup  cornstarch and 1/2 cup cold water. Add 1 quart boiling water, 3/4 cup sal soda, 1/2 cups ammonia and 1 tablespoon vinegar. Apply with a brush while hot. Rewarm if necessary. After varnish loosens, wash off with hot water and a cloth. If you don’t have soft water, it will work better if you add a softening agent to the rinse water.