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Blog series by David Kirtley updated 07-25-2010 04:54 AM 5 parts 7643 reads 17 comments total

Part 1: Dr. Frankenstein's Lab - Hacking away at a brand new tool.

06-17-2010 06:27 AM by David Kirtley | 2 comments »

If you read the original Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, you will realize that it is not really a scary story. He is really just trying to beat death. Some tools work just as they come when I get them, some don’t. I could blame the manufacturer or the designer but that is kind of silly. Nobody held a gun to my head to buy it. You pay your money, you take your chances. I am building a bow saw to use the hardware and blades for the Gramercy Tools 12” Bow Saw that they sell at h...

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Part 2: Organizational Discipline

06-18-2010 07:11 AM by David Kirtley | 8 comments »

I am making a small bit of progress toward getting my working tools organized. I look at all the fitted tool cabinets and love how they look but I just can’t see myself working out of one. Come on, how do you work out of something like this? It is beautiful. It is a tool shrine. But seriously, how do you work out of it? I need a chisel. Here, let me take out two saws, get the chisel, put the saws back, work, take the saws out, put stuff back in, put the saws back. You either sp...

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Part 3: Thoughts of the Tool Orphanage.

07-03-2010 08:40 AM by David Kirtley | 2 comments »

Cleaning tools is a very thoughtful time. It doesn’t take any brain power. If your mind wanders, you don’t lose a finger. It can be a very restful state. You look at what you have and see what needs attention. You take stock of what you have to work with. As I go through things, I see what picked up in the past. What I rescued. I used to be on the hunt all the time looking for tools. Specifically old hand tools. There were some I kept and some I passed along. Then there are the o...

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Part 4: Oddball tools to love and hate.

07-20-2010 05:48 AM by David Kirtley | 3 comments »

I hate some of my tools. I love some. It doesn’t really follow any pattern. It is not the most expensive or the cheapest. I picked up some oddballs in my “collector” days and never really used them. Now, I am actually using them and see them in a different light. Here is a short list: I hate my Stanley 45. It is the proverbial jack of all trades and master of none. The adjustments suck. The seating for the cutters is pitiful. It chatters. The screws shake loose unless you...

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Part 5: Made from scratch.

07-25-2010 04:54 AM by David Kirtley | 2 comments »

Well, I am going to build another bow saw. I don’t need another one but this one will be more special to me. Last time, I used the hardware from Grammercy. This time, I made my own hardware. This is what the Grammercy hardware looks like: I picked up a metal lathe a while back and finally took it out of the packing crate. The lathe is a little 7×10 from Harbor Freight. I decided that my first project would be to make another set of pins for a bow saw. It is pretty simple ...

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