Homemade "Tools"

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Blog entry by itsme_timd posted 12-13-2007 10:07 PM 5116 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thought I’d share a couple pics of some of my, umm… ‘creations’.

I’m sure everyone has fabricated a makeshift tool before, and shopmade jigs are commonplace. Here are a couple ‘tools’ that I put together because I didn’t have the actual tool. Both of them worked great for their intended purpose.

My Table Sander

I simply took a full sheet of sandpaper, folded the end over the edge of my work surface and clamped it down then stuck a piece of double-sided tape on the bottom of the far end. I used this to smooth out the top of a jewelry box I’m making and also to sand down between coats. This nice thing about my sander is that changing from 80 to 220 to 400 grit takes about 15 seconds!

My Bench Vise

What a great tool! I mangled some dovetails a couple days ago (see my previous blog entry) and wanted to try something a little easier – a simple box joint. I don’t have a vise yet so I ‘built’ this one. It’s easily adjustable and with a little tweaking it holds the stock pretty tight.

Thought a few others might get a chuckle out of these, feel free to share any of your own masterpieces of engineering.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#1 posted 12-13-2007 11:27 PM

Hey, whatever works! No matter how many tools we have, the best tool is the ability to adapt to fill a need, no matter how unusual, obscure, or simple.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#2 posted 12-13-2007 11:37 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention, some wise person said. If it works and it is safe go for it. I don’t have all the bells and whistles in my shop either and find my self contriving all sorts of guizmos to hold this or that.

Keep thinking!

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#3 posted 12-14-2007 12:09 AM

Way to think outside the box. Make do with what you have until your Lottery win comes in.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 12-14-2007 05:41 AM

Do what ever it takes to get what you want and settle for no less.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 12-14-2007 10:37 AM

We have a McGeiver in the making here. What ever works is a good solution.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 12-14-2007 11:26 AM

Creativity is one of the best tools you can have.

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