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13 days ago

Need help dating these Irwin Screw Drivers.. - 12 replies

These just arrived in my shop.. The single phillips of the set has a patent info on it and what appears to be a license number I am having some trouble finding any information on the web about these. I am mainly just trying to date them. The closest I got was a 1951 catalog that lists “Nu-Series” s...

176 days ago

Stanley Sweetheart Addicts Anonymous - 64 replies

I realized today as I was plugging away at my pile of tools to cleanup and or restore that I am officially smitten by that little heart logo. We have a forum for everything from saws to handplanes but the Sweetheart line spanned the full line of handtools and even hardware during it’s short lifespan and I thought it would be nice to hav...

241 days ago

Vises of Your Dreams - 138 replies

Why not.. there is an “of your dreams” thread for everything else why not vises and work holding fixtures. Handtool work requires the work piece to be held stable most of the time. There is a miriad of ways to do that… show us some of your favorites and/or some that you have built yourself.

310 days ago

Starter Handtool Kit Giveaway.. - 40 replies

As I re-organize and clean up my shop in preparation of my tool cabinet build I have been taking inventory of the tools I want to house in said cabinet. While doing so I have discovered that of the “left outs” I have a decent little “starter set” of hand tools that will be homeless afterwards. These are ones I picked ...

387 days ago

What's in your First Aid kit? - 25 replies

Even as a hand tool user I inevitably end up with one or two nicks and cuts every time I am working on a project. This has led me to realize I need to put together a first aid kit of some sort to keep out there so I don’t have to do the walk of shame through the house each time trying to avoid being questioned by the wife lol. So what ...

394 days ago

Drill press bit wander issue.. - 13 replies

Last Christmas my wife bought me the small HF drill press. It works and yes it;s cheap but I have yet to be able to drill a straight hole with it. I have done all the alignment tricks from chucking a bit and using a square to make sure it’s straight with the table all the way to chucking a bent wire in it and turning the chuck to see if ...

439 days ago

Shop made Tools of Your Dreams. - 123 replies

Like we need another “Of Your Dreams” topics around here but here goes another one. I figured this would be a good spot to showcase or dream up your cabinet of shop made tools. Buying them is great but building something with a tool you made yourself is priceless.

533 days ago

Need help identifying this saw.. - 7 replies

I picked this up at a thrift store over the weekend and am curious about who the manufacturer is. It was marked $3 and the blade is sharp but needs a good scrubbing and the handle is to be replaced. It has the “Warranted Superior” button and the handle looks to be exactly the same shape as this Atkins saw listed on ebay. The onl...

545 days ago

Simple Dust Collector Design Help - 7 replies

So here is the deal, I have a small workshop in our 1 car garage. I build and sell guitar effect pedals (stomp boxes) in there mostly but I have also started doing some wood working. Since I do deal with electronics in there a high amount of dust is kinda an issue. I don’t need a “clean room” type clean but copious amounts...

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