I'm proud to have invented a new tool today.
Problem: Williams (1981) Barracora has a single arm on right and two wooden brackets for the playfield to slide out on. (no hinge). The problem is that there is way too much free play on the non-arm side such that the playfield creaks and moves while I work on it, which is really dangerous.
Solution: Made a long spongy tool out of a mousepad and (of course) ELECTRICAL TAPE, and now I can wedge it in there with ease. Next one I make will be longer. Use the entire length of the mouse pad if you can. 1" wide and bent in half (because my mousepad was on the thin side)
Next time your wife or friend laughs at you for "saving things" -- it's moments like this where I think. Sh!t I would have paid $20 for this solution, and I just now got my value for this old mousepad. I win.
What tools have you made recently? Show us !
Left side with tool
Right side with arm
Raw part + electrical tape