A journey into the workshop. #105: I found my hole saws! More shop cleanup.

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Blog entry by dbhost posted 06-22-2016 02:22 PM 791 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay so here’s the deal. I’ve been looking for my hole saws pretty much everywhere, for the better part of 2 weeks. I am building a custom light for photography / videography, and I need to bore some holes for light sockets.

So I’ve been tearing through the shop, under workbenches, behind the lathe, in the toolbox drawers, in totes, on top of cabinets, in cabinets, you name it, I’ve looked, with one exception, but those drawers aren’t done yet, how can they be there?

Sure enough, I was napping yesterday afternoon and woke up with a sudden A ha! moment… I went out to the shop and pulled the unfinished drawers from the miter saw cabinet…

Lo and behold! My hole saws!

This proves 2 things to me without a doubt.

#1. I need to get up off my butt and finish those drawers. And… #2. Just because a drawer isn’t finished, doesn’t mean I didn’t stash stuff there.

So in my cleaning, / purging stuff from car trunks, digging through drawers etc… I have found in the last week…

#1. Harbor Freight BiMetal hole saw sets, small, and large. #2. Harbor Freight HSS hole saw sets, small and large. about 75% trashed, but they were $5.00 a set when I bought them and I was able to cut 5” holes in Hardi Panel with them, so I am NOT complaining. #3. Tin Snips #4. 3 pairs is slip joint pliers. #5. C clamps. #6. My Stanley screwdriver set. The noce once with the ergonomic grip handles. #7. My Crafstman 1/4” drive SAE socket set. #8. My Blue Point multimeter. #9. My Blue Point 1/2” breaker bar.

I spent a little bit of time last night cleaning off the lathe, rolling up my anti fatigue mats, cleaning them off, and putting them on the lathe to keep them out of the way for now.

I still need to get that Hardi Panel OUT of my shop. But that will come later.

More to come!

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#1 posted 06-22-2016 03:12 PM

Yup, been there, done that and got the T shirt. I’ve had the same thing happen so many times. I’m still looking for that one pair of needle nose pliers.

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#2 posted 06-22-2016 03:23 PM

LOL! Funny thing is, I was browsing on the HF site looking to see what it would cost to replace them.

Warrior item #68990 3/4 In – 2-1/2 In Bi-Metal Hole Saw Assorted Set 14 Pc $34.99 (-$7.00 at 20% off $27.99)
Warrior item #68989 3 In – 4-1/4 In Bi-Metal Hole Saw Assorted Set 3 Pc $19.99 (-$4.00 at 20% off, $15.99)

Drill Master equivalent of Warrior item #69070 1 In – 2-1/2 In Carbon Steel Hole Saw Set 11 Pc $9.99 (-$2.00 at 20% off, $7.99)
Drill Master equivalent of Warrior item #69073 3/4 In – 5 In Carbon Steel Hole Saw Set 18 Pc $16.99 (-$3.40 at 20% off, $13.59)

The Drill Master sets were purchased in 2008 on a sidewalk sale for $5.00 each, but let’s assume I do separate transactions iwth 20% off coupons at current prices.

Total cost to replace had I not found them, $65.56. Not hugely expensive, but why waste it?

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#3 posted 06-22-2016 03:27 PM

Yup, been there, done that and got the T shirt. I ve had the same thing happen so many times. I m still looking for that one pair of needle nose pliers.

- BurlyBob



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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 06-22-2016 06:19 PM

Yup, the most obscure place in the shop… unfinished storage area. The money is significant, because there will be another item you will need in addition, so… done good.

I just built a small stand for a hot melt glue gun. I found the gun very useful for a strange project…....attaching magnets to row cloth (polypropylene mesh to cover plants), 3.5 MIL plastic sheeting, and wood. I got a two temperature gun and the proper glue… accident. The hot setting melted right through the row cloth. I hadn’t used hot melt glue for a number of years, but this was the glue to use for this project.

It is a natural for some other things as I think about it, so I decided to make a stand that keeps the gun upright securely and has a place for a folded paper towel to catch drips of glue. So now I won’t hesitate to use it when the application is right…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 06-22-2016 06:36 PM

Actually, I was in process of building a box with divided compartments for my hot melt glue gun and sticks when the gun failed. The replacement is considerably larger and won’t fit in the box… Back to the drawing board with that!

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#6 posted 06-22-2016 09:09 PM

I can identify with your struggles. I sometimes find stuff in my work truck that I have not seen for years. Recently, I have searched every corner of my shop looking far my Stanley cabinet scraper and Zona miter box.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 06-24-2016 01:06 PM

The biggest problem with making items for a specific tool, is the possibility of failure of the tool, and the only replacement being very different. I built my stand with scrap wood, regular glue and nails. Didn’t put too much time into it, although I did finish it with WATCO to reduce the adhesion of stray glue to the surface.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 06-24-2016 02:36 PM

Yep, the glue gun box was simple 1/2” plywood box with a tempered hardboard divider in a kerf slot that separated the gun from the glue sticks, and a pair of found in the trash small hinges (one of my neighbors was throwing out an MDF jewelry box that had good hardware on it, I striped the hardware and chucked the ruined MDF). So no huge loss other than about 15 minute build time. No glue, just screws.

I rarely glue together knock together projects like this as I know they will change, and gluing it makes it that much harder to repurpose the materials.

FWIW, the box for the large BiMetal hole saw set will likely get re-done. I used scrap 3/4” ply and it is awfully, well, chunky for what it does. I have plenty of scrap maple sitting in the shop that I am seriously considering knocking together a 1/2” thick stock, box jointed, rabbet and dado joined bottom box. Maybe run a nice roundover on the lid as well. I have so many other projects that need to take priority.

Tonight is already called for. I am building the railing for my FILs deck / ramp that I built last weekend. I have the stock on hand, and I seriously doubt my brothers in law even looked at either the stock, or the miter saw all week… I change the oil in the Chevy, charge the battery on the Saturn, move vehicles around in my driveway, and get that Hardi Panel OUT of my shop, then move back into heavy cleaning in the shop…

Once the cleanup is done, I have to set some project priorities.

#1. With the table saw cleared, I need to make some cleats for, and a shelf to mount in to replace the ruined MDF shelf under the kitchen sink. I found the leak finally, it is the hot side shut off valve. I need to go to the home center and pick up a replacement for both sides, and new lines as well. The dishwasher feed line is new, I have it run to an adapter to my valve as the valve is 5/16” flare on 3/8” copper, I used a compression x compression fitting to adapt that copper to my braided SS feed line for the dishwasher. I need new feeds for both sides of the sink, and to the inlet of the under sink water filter.

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#9 posted 06-24-2016 10:12 PM

The projects that I put a lot of work in, that relate to particular tools, I use screws in strategic places where a different tool would change things. I didn’t have the interest in making this stand mutable, but I suppose I could do it.

I have a tote that I built about 25 years ago. It has spots for tools that are screwed in and replaceable. My recent driver tote project is another good example. The angled plate the drivers fit into is just screwed on. By the way, that is a truly useful tote. I have dragged it outside to the raised bed I made, and around the house. It carries a lot of stuff in a convenient format.

Retirement is bringing some of my activities closer to what you do. I have the time, and the financial incentive to do more myself.

I swept the garage floor yesterday and washed it with a hose. It accumulates dirt from the ice and snow on the tires, much of it from sanding of slippery spots. I store wood along one wall, and there is a narrow storage space in that same area that I have some stuff in, but basically a garage. It is directly adjacent to my shop, the whole area being a garage that is two stalls wide and two stalls deep. So I am into garage cleanup as well.

Your plumbing adventures sound like my last trip to La Conner.

I replaced all the innards for two toilets. I had done the same for another toilet the previous trip. The house has two full baths and a guest restroom on the main floor next to the laundry room.

I installed two new faucet and drain stopper assemblies for the master bath with its dual sinks. It is a painful proposition to lie on my back on an irregular surface in a confined space, but I managed. One of the faucets had a handle that just became non-repairable due to wear and tear. So I needed to replace both of them to maintain the appearance. The old stuff was not available anymore, put in over 20 years ago.

And then I recaulked the seam between and tile and the floor pan in the master bath shower. The shower now looks a 100 times better. It had just been patched in a totally useless and ugly way prior to our purchase. We lived with it, until we discovered a little leakage, and then I did the thing right.

I even built a quick and dirty stool at just the right height so I could remove the old caulk (did that mostly with a multi-tool), and put in the new caulk while sitting, instead of kneeling. I think the stool ended up being 13” high or something close to that, built out of scrap plywood with glue and nails using a gun, in about 20 to 30 minutes, I suspect. I don’t think I could have done the job on my knees. There are some things you just don’t tolerate well with age.

To figure out the height of the stool, I set on the bottom of some steps, put my hands out at the height I would be working, and kinda slid my butt up and down the edge of the appropriate step until it felt right, and marked the “butt level line” (is that original?.........(-: ), and measured the height with a tape measure. Then built the quick and dirty stool. I ought to take pictures of the stool after I get back to La Conner and make a project out of it….....should get a laugh.

Well, there, I am sure you can see a little of yourself in some of my recent activities…...........(-:


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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