Chopsticks make excellent stirrers for pint- and quart-size cans of varnish, shellac, stain, paint, etc. They’re long enough to reach the bottom of the containers and wide enough to properly mix liquids (especially if you keep the two sticks attached, as they come in the paper sleeve). Best of all, they’re smooth and dust-free.
You can just save unused chopsticks when you have takeout, or you can also purchase disposable chopsticks. I buy them in packs of 100 pairs for about $3.50 at the local international market. — Bruce McGarvey