Test lead rack

Copper, brass, stainless, aluminium. It rotates.
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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Aluminium top tray & forming buck
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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Buck formed. Aluminium top tray formed
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Brass upper rack and shaping forms
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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Complete assembly
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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Machined & beaten copper bolt, tray, turned copper spacer
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Drive screws, machined & shaped brass rack piece
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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Machined aluminium wheel, copper spiky things, brass & stainless tynes, copper nut, m6 grub screw
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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Copper spiky things
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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Assembled
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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Upside down
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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Fitted to my electronics bench
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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Sumptuously disposed with test leads
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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Tray carrying nik-naks & bits
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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Cad file below
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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knoba – Test Lead Rack – 2016.dxf

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Fender j bass saddle mod

My 2002 Fender Jazz bass…
knoba - fender j bass saddle mod - 01

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Added brass caps between each saddle element, without altering original guitar hardware…
knoba - fender j bass saddle mod - 02

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Made from 20 thou brass sheet, punched out 13mm circles & spun into caps on lathe…
knoba - fender j bass saddle mod - 03

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Better right-hand finger spacing, still within fret board range…
knoba - fender j bass saddle mod - 04

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Better pickup string/pole positioning & no more floating saddle…
knoba - fender j bass saddle mod - 05

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Fender – Musical instruments

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Emery roll dispenser

Made out of scraps around the workshop: 4mm & 6mm plywood, 10x26mm pine, 4mm rosewood dowels, stainless steel sheet, mild steel pins, nylon 66, brass rivets with a linseed oil finish…
knoba - Emery roll dispenser

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A little flourish around the hinge area…
knoba - Emery roll dispenser

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Nylon feed rollers.
knoba - Emery roll dispenser

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Sprung cams trap the emery, but allow it to be pulled out easily
knoba - Emery roll dispenser

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Lids are hinged for refills…
knoba - Emery roll dispenser

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Now fitted with the added possibility of a tea shelf…
knoba - Emery roll dispenser

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knoba – Emery Roll Dispenser – 2015.dxf (link below)
knoba - Emery roll dispenser

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knoba – Emery Roll Dispenser – 2015.dxf

knoba – Folding bar

WorkShopShed – Home site

Homemadetools.net – Online tool maker community

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Optical centre punch

View of the CAD file & assembled materials (brass, medium carbon steel & acrylic)…
knoba - optical centre punch

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All machined to stated dimensions.
knoba - optical centre punch

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Loupes’ internal bore has been reamed.
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Polished rings at ends and grained through body for finish & finger grip.
knoba - optical centre punch

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Recess for rubber ‘o-ring’ to stop the loupe slipping out of position.
knoba - optical centre punch

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Centre punch is being soaked (the punch is at the front & the bits at the back are for another project).
knoba - optical centre punch

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Punch is going to be quenched in old engine oil.
knoba - optical centre punch

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View through loupes’ optic.
knoba - optical centre punch

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CAD drawing below is for another project and the reason I wanted to make this tool.
knoba - optical centre punch

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O-ring fitted and held in place with epoxy glue.
knoba - optical centre punch

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Tool needs a case to protect the optic and keep the tool together.
knoba - optical centre punch

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Looking forward to using it for the next project…
knoba - optical centre punch

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knoba - optical centre punch

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Cross-hairs were scored on the lathe and highlighted with a blue sharpie pen.
knoba - optical centre punch

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knoba - optical centre punch

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knoba – Optical Centre Punch – 2015.dxf (link below)
knoba - optical centre punch

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knoba – Optical Centre Punch – 2015.dxf (updated)

With thanks to “PJ’s” at PJ’s – Home

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Head knives

Head knives for cutting & skiving leatherwork.
knoba - head knives

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Made from spalted silver birch, brass & medium carbon steel alloy, mirror polished with beeswax finish.
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Donor steel from old saw blade (old non tct blade). Took 2 teeth off to see if the metal could be hardened.
knoba - head knives

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Heated both teeth to cherry for 3 min, quenched one & left other to cool.
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My quenching bucket. Spark tests (grinding) on the 2 teeth gave good results.
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Cleaned up both sides with abrasives (flap wheels, silicon carbide discs, etc.).
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Stuck my templates to the blade…
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Cut them out with angle grinder.
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Centre marked a sharpening pivot point…
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Drilled that mark…
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Took off paper & made a sharpening jig for the belt sander.
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That’s how this is going to go…
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Sharpened & polished.
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Heated to cherry for 3 mins (12mm = 30mins soak time). Had to keep the torch moving to keep the blade hot over its entire surface.
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After quenching the blade but not the tang.
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Re-polished.
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Seasoned birch from my garden…
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Turned some handles for my blades…
knoba - head knives

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With thanks to Cap’n Eddie Castelin for his superb wood turning videos (link below).
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knoba - head knives

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knoba - head knives

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Machined up some brass ferrules and epoxied on.
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Tangs were tapered (4° included angle) to common machine taper specs (see link below)
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Very pleased with results, they feel great, strop well and hold a good wire!
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knoba – Leather Head Knives – xcf files – 2015.zip (link below)
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knoba – Leather Head Knives – xcf files – 2015.zip (link below)
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You tube – Cap’n Eddie Castelin

knoba – Leather Head Knives – xcf files – 2015.zip

Wiki – Machine taper

Wood Database – Silver birch

Colron – Refined Finishing Wax

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Leather Edge Creaser

In stainless steel & brass, with beeswax finished silver birch handle…
knoba - Leather Edge Creaser

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Tool is used for making a style line or stitching line…
knoba - Leather Edge Creaser

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knoba - Leather Edge Creaser

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knoba - Leather Edge Creaser

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knoba - Leather Edge Creaser

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knoba – Leather Edge Creaser – 2015.dxf (link below)
knoba - Leather Edge Creaser

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knoba – Leather Edge Creaser – 2015.dxf

The wood database – Silver Birch

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All CAD files are in dxf format, are free to download, use & are virus free. All links are genuine. I do not keep logs on anyone or anything. Make stuff…

Leather Burnisher

In Iroko & brass, with polished waxed finish…
knoba - leather burnisher

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Colron – Refined Finishing Wax

The wood database – Iroko

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Magnetic welding clamp

Made from an old Amstrad CB mag-mount car aerial
knoba - magnetic welding clamp

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knoba - magnetic welding clamp

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knoba - magnetic welding clamp

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Recycle – Ilovefreegle.org

Forum – Homemadetools.net

Forum – Mig-welding.co.uk

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Trammel set with micro adjustment

Trammel set

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knoba – Angle grinder pigtail for polishing

knoba – Metal casting furnace

Toolstation – 61139 Stainless Steel Threaded Bar M5 x 1m

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Plumb bob

Plumb bob

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knoba – Metal casting furnace

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LPG elbow

LPG elbow

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LPG elbow

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Esab / PREST-O-LITE – pol gas connectors

North Carolina Standards Division – POL Valves

Concoa – CGA 510 Fitting Reference

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Slappers

Slappers for shaping/smoothing metal sheet & panels
Slappers

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Metal casting furnace

Metal casting furnace suitable for aluminium, zinc & copper alloys
Metal casting furnace

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Stainless steel furnace ties from TIG wire filler
Metal casting furnace

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Metal casting furnace

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Using a jig to produce identical polystyrene blanks to mould the inner refractory lining
Metal casting furnace

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Metal casting furnace

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Metal casting furnace

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Metal casting furnace

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Metal casting furnace

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Metal casting furnace

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Reducing (carburizing), neutralising, oxidizing adjustment aperture and drain port.
Metal casting furnace

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‘Pattern’ for my electronics stand
Metal casting furnace

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Metal casting furnace

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Machined back brass ingot showing very few inclusions
Metal casting furnace

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Machined aluminium billet showing very few inclusions
Metal casting furnace

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Metal casting furnace

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Crucible Lifting irons & a pair of trivets.
Metal casting furnace

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Trivets.
Metal casting furnace

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15″ & 10″ cope & drag flasks.
Metal casting furnace

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Pigging tin (cup cake baking tray, aka ‘ingot molds’).
Metal casting furnace

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Excess melt used to make ingots. Ingots save crucible space & cut down dross on the next melt.
knoba - Metal casting furnace

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The skimmed dross (impurities) from melted aluminium items.
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Flux / degaussing diffuser.
Metal casting furnace

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Welded mild steel crucible for aluminium alloys.
Metal casting furnace

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Extended trivet.
Metal casting furnace

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Drossing spoon.
Metal casting furnace

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Welded stainless steel crucible for copper alloys & crucible pouring shank.
Metal casting furnace

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Melted brass, when skimming off the dross a beautiful, bright yellow & green luminosity is seen…
Metal casting furnace

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Used for making round stock
Metal casting furnace

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Halfords – V High Temperature Engine Enamel Paint Matt Black

Everbuild – Kos Fire Cement Buff

Hydroponics-simplified.com – Perlite

Myfordboy’s furnace

Bullfinch – Standard burner no.1250

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