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05-10-2013 01:06 AM

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Like we need another “Of Your Dreams” topics around here but here goes another one.

I figured this would be a good spot to showcase or dream up your cabinet of shop made tools. Buying them is great but building something with a tool you made yourself is priceless.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"


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#1 posted 05-10-2013 01:14 AM

I have started another tool project as a means of procrastinating on my bench lol. Seriously though I have been wanting to build a Layout compass for a while and have not allowed myself to start because of the workbench backlog but I think I need to clear this out of my head to allow room for the bench to sneak back in.

Based off of this design but made from wood and brass.

I was able to get the hinge done today not just need to make the rest of it..

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#2 posted 05-10-2013 05:30 AM

That was such a nice saw you made there. Really like it.

It’s not done yet, but I’m workin’ on a jointer plane

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#3 posted 05-10-2013 05:42 AM

Well now that you have your bench finished you can get back to work on that!

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#4 posted 05-10-2013 06:13 AM

I would like to have a small set of awls for starting drill bits. Larger and with steeper angles than a scratch awl. I can just use a drill bit and whack it but a set of awls would be nice, maybe 3 or 4 sizes.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#5 posted 05-10-2013 01:13 PM

I think they’re called gimlets Rick.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#6 posted 05-10-2013 04:14 PM

OnlyJustME, I’ll have two vodka gimlet please for some out of shop down time!

I typically use a spot drill to start holes particularly in hardwoods when I can’t use a Brad point bit.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 05-10-2013 05:27 PM

I had planned to use an old screwdriver and grind it into an awl. Is there enough decent steel in a screwdriver to make that worth it after the tip is ground off? Otherwise I think I have a junk triangular file I can cut and grind down and use. What else do you guys use as steel for awls?

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#8 posted 05-10-2013 05:31 PM

I used a taper set pin for mine. It is hardened steel and pretty cheap at ACE. It’s not as slim as I would like but it does a great job of marking drill holes.

-- Eric - "I'm getting proficient with these hand jobbers. - BigRedKnothead"

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#9 posted 05-10-2013 05:37 PM

The awl that I got from the marking knife swap was made from a spade bit. The marking knife was made from the spade part, and the awl was made from the other end

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#10 posted 05-10-2013 06:04 PM

@Tim—I ground down an old Craftsman Philips screwdriver that was all buggered up into a awl. Nothing fancy, but it does mark where it’s tapped down.

EDIT—Or maybe it’s a gimlet. Not sure now.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#11 posted 05-10-2013 06:21 PM

I would love to build a shop built scrollsaw and maybe even a lathe:)

-- Marty from MinneSNOWta

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#12 posted 05-10-2013 06:38 PM

I want to make a treadle lathe some day too…

And I have this idea… I’ve got a belt driven scroll saw (old wooden one) that I’d like to use. My idea is getting a treadle sewing machine table (no sewing machine, just the treadle mechanism) and make it so I can universally mount the scroll saw, or a grinder, or a mini lathe, or anything of the sort on it to use. Would be fun

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#13 posted 05-10-2013 07:46 PM

Mosquito – that sounds like too much work, but if I make something like that you will be the first person I call for foot peddle help! One man power – how does that equate to horsepower?

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#14 posted 05-10-2013 07:53 PM

lol I like the idea of an unplugged shop. At least to an extent. I like the options of being able to do things either way. All depends on if it’s a project I’m doing so I can have and use it, or if it’s a project I’m doing because I want to make it, and having it afterwards is just a bonus lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#15 posted 05-10-2013 07:56 PM

A gimlet is for starting screw holes.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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