I’m always trying to figure out how to use the many things we throw out in our day to day lives. In no way can I be considered a fanatic about this, but I try to consider any containers we put out for recycling. I use our Nestle Quick canisters to store the standard screws and finish nails in my shop. They are a good size, they are sturdy plastic and they are oblong, which allows the smaller of the two available sizes to be carried in a normal cloth nail apron! Originally the ...
[Legebla ankaŭ en Esperanto] When I first started collecting free wood from along the street, it occurred to me to protect my power tools by making sure as possible that all the nails were out of the boards. If memory serves, Norm Abram placed this idea in my head. I bought a down and dirty wand style metal detector to check out the wood as I clean it up. The one pictured cost less than $20, maybe about $10 really. I’m not sure. I bought it several years ago from that auction w...
now in the process of breaking down pallets
Today I actually found some cool stuff at the flea market. A whole bunch of bent rusty nails!!!! They are beautiful, I love them. I aslo found a useable plane in decent condition. There are always a few planes at the market, but most of the time they are in pretty bad shape. I’ve been looking for hallows and rounds as well. It has a great feel to it and nice weight, just going to clean up the blade and I’m set.
I’m pretty frugal. I had it drilled into me by my parents, who are also extremely frugal. Most of the time I’m grateful for it. Every now and then I’m just the tiniest bit ashamed. I’m not sure yet which category tonight’s escapade falls into. Maybe you can be the judge. ;) I wanted to get some calipers to measure diameters of whatever I’m turning. I looked on craigslist, and the only thing they had was a Starrett 36 for $575! (Click here for proof...
I decided to sharpen the firewood/ pallet blade today. It was cutting pretty slow. Thank goodness it is a combination blade without too many teeth. While I was filing, the first time I have tried this by the way :-)), I thought I should have put the blade on backwards and jointed it with a file. Has anyone ever done this? 20 minutes after fininshing the filing, I hit a nail!! Murphy’s law, I thought about that before I filed, but it did cut very well and I could defiinitely tell ...
Hello everybody. I’ve got a 4 part series on how to make a hand carved box using mostly hand tool. Not much more to say other that, enjoy the show.Oh yeah, Safety Dan says “hi”.
Bowling Alley Workbench #6: There is more than 1 way to skin a cat - not so with bowling alley floors though - finally success
Yes. Finally some light at the end of the tunnel, reverse thinking, and this project seems a bit more doable, and even not much trouble at all. Originally I tried to get the (2.5” hardened) nails out by using a cat’s paw and a hammer to pull each nail out of the 2.5 laminated hard-rock maple strips. I figured once I get all the nails out of the top strip, it’ll just free it from the lamination, and be nails free… one strip at a time, until I have them all cleared ou...
The cover of the roof with wood is finished. I made side rails on my own way. The view from underneath is satisfying for me.
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