1. Dustpan. Cut out one side of an old cake pan with a coping
saw. If you want a handle, drill two holes through the opposite side
and bolt onto an old broomstick.
2. Utility tray. Here’s
a good way to store nuts, bolts, nails, screws, and other workshop
materials: bolt a heavy-duty muffin tin to the underside of a bench
or shelf by one corner, using a washer as a spacer, so that the pan
can be swung out as needed. Or attach
cleats under your workbench or shelf to serve as runners for the rim
of the muffin tin.
3. Serving tray. Avoid spills—use a muffin tin to carry cold
4. Corn catcher. Rest
the stem end of an ear of corn in the center of a tube pan; as you
slide your knife down the cob, the kernels
will fall into the pan.
5. Plant holder. Place a
tube pan in the center of your umbrella table and use it to hold cut
flowers or decorative shade plants.
6. Water bowl. Does your
dog make a habit of overturning its
backyard water bowl? Drive a stake into
through the center hole of a tube pan to
keep it upright.