Our client Lee Goodrich invented a better way to store tie down straps. Check out his video below.
Do you remember when motor oil was sold in a metal can? I remember when it was, and I remember that my dad always kept a few cans of motor oil in his truck. The coolest thing about those metal oil cans was the oil can spout, which my dad also kept in his truck. The oil can spout would latch onto the top of the motor oil can and penetrate the lid. Once it was in position the contents of the can were easy to dispense through the spout.
When the plastic bottle replaced the metal oil can the oil can spout became obsolete for that application. My dad probably still has his oil can spout, but I have not seen one since the plastic bottle nor have I seen a need for one. That is until I visited a local food establishment.
I saw one of the servers make a small opening on each side of a can of syrup and attempt to dispense the contents through the small opening. The first thing that I thought about was my dad's oil can spout. Perhaps the oil can spout designed for use in garages may also be useful in kitchens. Is there a food grade "oil can spout"? If not, why not? I don't know the answers to these questions because I haven't investigated them. But perhaps this is an invention that is waiting to be invented.
I am a hobbyist woodworker and my woodworking projects often involve the use of parallel bar clamps and wood glue. I became very frustrated with scraping dried glue off my expensive clamps, this is a waste of time and a waste of money as it damages the clamps. I also became very frustrated with removing the clamps from my woodworking projects because the clamps are often inadvertently glued directly to the wood, damaging my projects and causing unnecessary work.
I couldn't seem to find an existing solution to this problem, so I decided to invent one. My invention is an attachment which fits all major brands; Bessey, Jorgensen, Jet, and Irwin parallel bar clamps. I named my invention the Clamp Saddle and the tagline is "Don't Screw-up the Glue-up".
They easily snap on and fit snugly to the parallel bar clamp but are also easy to re-position. They suspend the glue joint above the clamp bars and shed the dripping glue away from the clamps. There is a raised shoulder on each end which prevents the glue joint from making direct contact with the clamp, thus preventing messy glue smear on your clamps and woodworking projects.
They are designed with a 1" valley for the application of standard masking tape if desired, however they are constructed of rugged polypropylene which is highly resistant to most wood glues making the removal of dried on glue a cinch. This 1" valley also has a button in the center so you can set the first glued edge of a board down and lean it against the jaw of your clamp while spreading glue on the opposite edge without getting excess glue on your clamps or other working surfaces.
Use them again and again in your woodworking projects including; panel glue ups, cope and stick joints for cabinet doors, and box joints. The quantity you need for your woodworking project will depend on the number of clamps being used and the number of boards being glued. The following equation can help you calculate the required quantity needed for your project.
Boards x Clamps + Clamps = Clamp Saddles
"Don't Screw-up the Glue-up"
Kevin Bullard is an experienced and talented mechanic. He is continuously improving his skills and mastering his craft. In addition to owning and operating a mechanic shop, he also trains other mechanics. There isn't a machine he can't fix, and because of the quality of his work he has developed a loyal client base.
Gurr & Brande was hired to help with the intellectual property laws. TiNTiC was hired to help with the design, prototyping, and manufacturing. This team worked together, and under Kevin's direction his invention was created, the RadCap Wrench.
Kevin's mission is to reduce the cost and hassle of replacing broken radiator caps by placing a RadCap Wrench in every mechanic's toolbox, and in the cab of every truck. This is a lofty mission, but Kevin is extremely focused and driven, and I have no doubt that he will accomplish it.
I went to Walmart and something interesting caught my attention, a wagon of flowers for sale. My initial thought was that using a wagon to sell flowers was a clever idea. But upon closer inspection I discovered that it wasn't a wagon at all, it was a table cleverly made to look like a wagon. They used a black plastic table, the same kind they use in the Garden Center, and for the wheels they used the base of a round product display, also black and made out of plastic. They attached the "wheels" with a black zip tie.
I thought that this was a very clever way of presenting the product to make it more appealing to the consumer. They could have simply used the table to display the product, but this extra little touch of creativity made the product display much nicer.
Think about that extra little creative touch that you can add to your invention to make it more appealing to your consumers.