I like to work from plans, but paper is hard to protect in a workshop. My plans often become so torn, crumpled and soiled that they’re impossible to read when I need them the most.
Recently I discovered view binders—notebooks with clear sleeves on the covers—for less than $3 at the office supply store. Cutting out the three-ring center section creates a pair of sturdy protectors. Now I don’t have to worry about wrecking my paper plans and I don’t have to handle them with kid gloves, either.
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