One of my great weaknesses is brass. Another is shop made tools. I like the look of brass, especially when it has aged. I must have a steam punk side that is trying to come out. I made these 3 tools out of brass. The square and the Fibonacci gauge can certainly be made of wood, but the gauge is so esoteric it just seemed like it would be better in brass. The square I made partly as an experiment, partly because I needed a small square and begrudge the $8 or more it would cost in stee...
[Above] A long time ago I bought this Craftsman 5 in 1 screwdriver. It’s the kind where the shaft is reversible and holds a reversible screwdriver bit in each end. The shaft can also be used as a 5/16 inch nut driver. I like multi tools and this screwdriver is the one I would always grab to do general around the hose stuff. [Above] But I’m a sucker for hand tools that have a brass aspect and last year I found this true bargain. Some cable company (which I currently can...
Since retiring and moving into my new woodworking shop, I’ve been going through my tools and bringing them up to good condition. For many years they were used hard, but because of my busy schedule, their maintenance was too often neglected. I have a number of treasured hand tools that were passed down to me from my dad and granddad. When I was a young man without money to buy tools, these were my using tools. As I became older and my means increased a little, these old tools mostly lay idle i...
Here is what you get in a lot of yard trees. The owner always swears nobody every put any metal in my trees… Yea right…. The screw driver in this slab has 8 inches of surface exposed. The blade just missed it…. Hitting that would have made my metal detector go off… Each time it goes off it costs me $25.00 for a new blade. This cherry tree is a nice average size tree and the screwdriver was in the center at the first crotch. I didn’t saw this log. ...
I have been away recently because I have been so busy on projects lately but I am going to post them right now. The projects are an end grain cutting board made for mahogany and oak, a small stool made entirely from hand tools and a new and improved chisel and screwdriver rack (at least compared to my old one) using my kreg jig i got for my birthday and a great way to store wood in a shed workshop without putting up shelves or losing floor space.
Busy, busy, can’t stop! Saw this (no pun intended) on eBay… ...and thought of this. Hacksaw, files and P600 wrapped around a dowel. Perfect fit. No more mullered split-nuts. Miss ya, luv ya, cant stop! P.S – Don’t file while drinking, especially if its your 5th one. I’m a bad woodworker!
... with a little luck….with a little luck…..and some help from my sister, handtools ..... I have over the year always talked about how great and fantastic possibillity it is for you to have acces to fleamarkets and other places where it is possible to buy good used beautyfull handtoolsmore or less rusty but with a little albowe grease and knowledge is going to bee great users again I have envy you alot when I have seen your toolgloats witch has cost mee many green bulbs and...
—== If you decide to make your own screwdriver, please send me a photo or a link to a photo. I’d really like to see what others come up with. ==— I’ve been wanting to make my own set of wooden handled screwdrivers for several years but I was never able to find a source for screwdriver shafts. In 2008 while attending the Woodworking In America conference in Berea, KY I had an opportunity to chat with Rob Lee, the owner of Lee Valley, a supplier of premier quality...
A few of you knew I was going old tool shopping today. I visited a number of antique stores down by where Obi lives. I found a couple of interesting items today. Nothing really outstanding, but good items. I found the following 3 items. Two screwdrivers and a Stanley #65 block plane. According to Patrick's Blood and Gore, the Stanley #65 is one of the finest planes Stanley ever made. I would tend to agree. The workmanship in this plane is wonderful. Here is a picture o...
Dear Sir, We are very sorry to hear that our first generation custom made six-in-one screwdriver did not live up to your screw driving expectations of being able to drive nearly as many screws as the Titanic made Trans-Atlantic voyages. We take our product design and customer service very seriously, and have sacked everyone involved with the first product line. At considerable time and expense we have completely retooled our product line and would like to offer you a replacement fro...
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