Author Topic: Confessions of a tool junkie  (Read 44279 times)

Kim

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #625 on: 08 May, 2021, 08:52:14 pm »
Then found myself looking on Amazon looking for a portable jump starter battery that could start a tractor...

Makita 18V tool battery and some wires fitted with spade connectors found ratting around at the bottom of the toolbox is traditional.  Optional squirt of Start Ya Bastard into the intake.
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

quixoticgeek

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #626 on: 09 May, 2021, 12:18:06 am »

Package arrived from the states with a pair of Suizan folding japanese saws. One is a Dozuki dovetail saw, and the other is a Ryoba. They are very nice. Obviously haven't had a chance to use them yet, but they feel lovely in the hand. Nicely balanced.

J
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quixoticgeek

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #627 on: 12 May, 2021, 10:46:58 pm »






Much shiny. Many sharp.

J
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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #628 on: 12 May, 2021, 10:52:14 pm »
I've just ordered a pocket hole jig and some associated bits and pieces. To make a desk that I don't entirely need and that's going to cost far too much in wood to be actually worth it.

But eh, I'll learn some new skills. And it'll be something I made all by myself.
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robgul

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #629 on: 13 May, 2021, 11:13:44 am »
Birthday gift today (as requested from Mrs robgul) - an electric pencil sharpener for the workshop!

AND I had ordered one of these which was delivered today .... says it's made in Germany, but as it's from Aliexpress that may be from a province in China that they've called Germany, and Meter not Metre ???



Mini vernier - probably not pinpoint accurate but adequate for measuring screws/bolts/drills etc.

quixoticgeek

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #630 on: Yesterday at 05:28:18 pm »





More toys arrived today from Germany.

The bronze nut arrived weeks ago from the UK. Am very pleased that it fits.

J
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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #631 on: Yesterday at 05:36:54 pm »





More toys arrived today from Germany.

The bronze nut arrived weeks ago from the UK. Am very pleased that it fits.

J
Woss the top one for?

Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #632 on: Yesterday at 06:39:21 pm »





More toys arrived today from Germany.

The bronze nut arrived weeks ago from the UK. Am very pleased that it fits.

J
Woss the top one for?

I think it is a make-your-own-vice

quixoticgeek

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #633 on: Yesterday at 07:05:44 pm »
Woss the top one for?

I think it is a make-your-own-vice

Correct!

J
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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #634 on: Yesterday at 07:19:02 pm »

quixoticgeek

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #635 on: Yesterday at 07:27:47 pm »
Intrigued.....

I am making a workbench, that will live on my balcony. It will be primarily used for wood working. I have been thinking from the beginning that I would like a vice on my workbench, but the outdoor location means that any off the shelf, unmodified vice isn't going to work.

Then I noticed a vice screw on https://fine-tools.com/ which listed a 24x5 thread... The pictures showed a trapezoid thread. 24 x 5mm trapezoid thread is a standard metric thread... Maybe I could get a stainless steel nut for the screw...

Well I couldn't find a suitable nut in stainless, but I was able to find one in bronze. Studying the materials datasheet showed that the bronze has reasonable corrosion resistance. Let's see if that works.

The nut alone cost more than the vice screw... then I got stung for €21 in import fees...



It's a beefy lump of bronze. Very beautifully machined...

Today a package arrived from Germany, with my Czechia made vice screw. I opened it, and with breath held, tried to fit the nut to the thread.

It works!



I have a Bronze nut, that fits the vice screw assembly! My plan is that the bronze nut is permanently attached to the work bench, then the screw and chop can be removed, and stored indoors.

This was quite a gamble, as well as the nut, I had also ordered the 32mm and 25mm auger drill bits to go with it. If it hadn't fitted I could have ended up with €50+ euro of nut I couldn't use, and two drill bits I didn't strictly need. But it fits!

The vice will be a leg vice.

J
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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #636 on: Yesterday at 07:33:52 pm »
Awesome  :thumbsup:

Kim

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #637 on: Yesterday at 11:04:37 pm »
...two drill bits I didn't strictly need...

At risk of being philosophical, I'm wondering whether drill bits don't come in "don't need" so much as "the wrong size"...

(How do leftpondians cope?  They have so many more wrong sizes to choose from.)
Careful, Kim. Your sarcasm's showing...

quixoticgeek

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #638 on: Today at 06:05:41 pm »
At risk of being philosophical, I'm wondering whether drill bits don't come in "don't need" so much as "the wrong size"...

(How do leftpondians cope?  They have so many more wrong sizes to choose from.)

True. There is wrong size, and there is also wrong type. After all, I can't use these auger bits on concrete... or steel...

I cannot get my head round why anyone would think imperial units are a sensible way of doing things...

J
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