Shop’s Log: January 16, 2014
Back in the shop this evening to finish my first all hand tool project.
Need to drill some holes to mount the hangers. A few weeks ago, I would have pulled out the 12 volt Milwaukee cordless drill; tonight we went a different cordless route.
Yep, it is an inexpensive hand drill. Nothing fancy, collectible or high quality, but . . . . . . it was my grandfather’s—he was a woodworker, too. When he died, I inherited a few of his tools. At the time, I wasn’t impressed, but hey, what freshman in high school would be? Now, those tools are a small connection to a man who has been gone quite a while. Cheap drill? Nope, it’s priceless.
Next step was to install the hanging hooks. Most stuff at the hardware store was just too boring, so went a different route. Some black iron pipe fittings, a bit of fiddling and that’ll work. Worked out well as a hand tool build, as driving screws into the very dry barn wood with a powered driver very well might have split it. Using a screwdriver allowed for much better control.
A few minutes later we had
-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835