Retro auto tool cabinets

Both cabinets made from recycled stuffs.

knoba - retro auto tool cabinets

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Slotted angle and Dexion for the framework.

knoba - retro auto tool cabinets

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An assortment of car badges collected over the years.

knoba - retro auto tool cabinets

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Each cabinet is 1’x1’x3′ (300mm x 300mm x 915mm).

knoba - retro auto tool cabinets

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This perspex had been hanging about for decades, finally found a spot.

knoba - retro auto tool cabinets

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The wood is pine & machined from an old packing crate.

knoba - retro auto tool cabinets

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The backs are from some old 5 gallon oil cans.

knoba - retro auto tool cabinets

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I sprayed the shelves.

knoba - retro auto tool cabinets

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Used for storing retro auto tooling.

knoba - retro auto tool cabinets

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Materials (per unit):
2 x 1'x3' shelving sheets
2 x 1'x1' side shelving sheets
4 x 1"x2"x3' unequal slotted angle
4 x 1"x2"x1'unequal slotted angle
2 x 1'x1/4"x19" polycarbonate sheet
1 x 5gal oil drum skin
2 x 1 1/2"x1"x3' soft wood
Danish oil
6 x 8x1" countersunk woodscrews
8 x 1/4"x1" nuts, bolts & washers
Paint
Selection of badges
Strong double sided tape

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Dexion – Slotted angle

3m – Super strong double sided attachment tape

Paints4trade – Direct To Metal Paint

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Workshop smoke alarm

Switched smoke alarm for workshop. LED off indicates smoke alarm is active.

knoba - workshop smoke alarm

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LED flashing on indicates smoke alarm is deactivated.

knoba - workshop smoke alarm

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It can get a bit smoky in my workshop!
knoba - lab tripod

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Wiring.

knoba - workshop smoke alarm

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knoba - workshop smoke alarm

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Schematic file below.

knoba - workshop smoke alarm

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Materials:
1 x Switch: 1A, spdt (single pole, double throw)
1 x Flashing blue LED: 10mm, 15mA, 3.2v
1 x 10mm LED holder/bezel
1 x Resistor: 470ohms, 1/4W
Wire: 7/0.2mm 
Small heatshrink tubing

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knoba – Workshop Smoke Alarm Schematic – 2018.fzz

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http://www.homemadetools.net

Woodwork awl

Recycled from a well-worn & much favoured Stanley philips 201 screwdriver. Re-ground & oil stone honed with 4 sided point
knoba - woodwork awl

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Awesome as a point awl (marking accurate; screw / drill points with brad point bits, flat bits & forstners)
knoba - woodwork awl

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Stanley – hand tools

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Tool throat LED

CAD stick-on templates, polycarbonate sheet & LED module
knoba - tool throat LED

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Module detail, 240v ac in, 20w out
knoba - tool throat LED

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All 8 holes drilled, cut out centre with fret saw/coping saw
knoba - tool throat LED

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Machined with laminate trimmer (small router)
knoba - tool throat LED

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All cleaned up. Lens (top), body (left) & module (right).
knoba - tool throat LED

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Very slim profile, very bright.
knoba - tool throat LED

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knoba - tool throat LED

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What’s in the CAD file…
knoba - tool throat LED

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Materials:
1 x 75x50x10 mm (3"x2"x3/8") polycarbonate sheet
1 x 75x50x3 mm (3"x2"x1/8") polycarbonate sheet
4 x M3x20 mm (1/8"x3/4") pan head machine screws
2 x lengths 7/0.2mm insulted wire (to suit connection distance)
1 x length heat shrink (to suit connection distance)
1 x small cable tie

nb. plastic sheet was recycled from computer monitor diffusers

Note: 1Amp in line fuse on live side. Use dpdt if switched.

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knoba - tool throat LED

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knoba – Tool throat LED – 2018.dxf

Ebay – Smart IC Driver 20W LED COB 220V

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Coil winder stick

Made from mahogany, for loading with magnet wire, 500mm long
knoba - coil winder stick

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A 2a variac core in for rewinding
knoba - coil winder stick

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Materials:
1 x 524x25x6 mm (20 5/8"x1"x1/4") hardwood
note: use (feet, 1/2 yard) if imperial measurements preferred!

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Spool winder unwinder

Takes many sized spools
knoba - spool winder unwinder

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knoba - spool winder unwinder

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knoba - spool winder unwinder

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Wire holder & hex key holder
knoba - spool winder unwinder

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Adjustable friction clutch
knoba - spool winder unwinder

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What’s in the CAD file…
knoba - spool winder unwinder

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Materials:
1 x 142x100x6 mm (5 5/8"x4"x1/4") plate/sheet mild steel
2 x 50x80x3 mm (2"x3 1/8"x1/8") plate/sheet mild steel
4 x m5x12 mm (3/16"x1/2") socket head bzp machine screws
4 x 12mm (1/2") o/d rubber stick on feet
2 x 25x30 mm (1"x1 1/4") nylon 6-6
3 x M6 (1/4") stainless steel penny washers
1 x M6 (1/4") felt, penny washer size
1 x M6 (1/4") conical spring
1 x M6 (1/4") thumb wheel
2 x M4 (3/16") grub screws
1 x M6 (1/4") circlip, or e-clip, or any other axial load shaft retainer
1 x 250x6 mm (10"x1/4") stainless steel bar
Some paint
& a handle (wood, metal, I used beads for jewellery)

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knoba – spool winder unwinder – 2018.dxf

knoba – thunb wheel jig

Rapid electronics – stick on rubber feet

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Via punches

Machined punches for brass through hole rivets
knoba - via punches

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Copper tracks had lifted, component had disintegrated, good repair, will use again!
knoba - via punches

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Refined the punches with; a taper, size i.d. & thumb nook
knoba - via punches

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knoba - via punches

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Materials (per unit):
1 x 75x6 mm (3"x1/4") circular solid section stainless steel


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Chainsaw horse

Made from recycled wooden pallets, folds flat.
knoba - chainsaw horse

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What’s in the CAD file…
knoba - chainsaw horse

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Materials:
3 x wood fork lift pallets;
12 x 115x92x16mm
8 x 114x70x16mm
24 x 2 1/2"x10 stainless wood screws
3 x m10x80mm stainless coach bolts
3 x m10 bzp nyloc nuts
6 x m10 stainless penny washers

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knoba – chain saw horse – 2018.dxf

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Bobbin spool keepers

Threads on bobbins, threads on spools, all very messy.
knoba - bobbin spool keepers

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stick is cut & lacquered, hair band is cut & wire wrapped at top of stick, bead is glued on, loop is made with small crimp in end of hair band.
knoba - bobbin spool keepers

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Neat.
knoba - bobbin spool keepers

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knoba - bobbin spool keepers

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What’s in the CAD file…
knoba - bobbin spool keepers

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Materials (per unit):
1 x 100mm nail stick (hoofer)
1 x 12mm wooden bead
1 x elastic hair band
1 x 2mm i/d crimp (bead/electrical)
wrapping wire
pva glue
varnish/lacquer

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knoba – bobbin spool keeper – 2018.dxf

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Steel thumbscrews & jig

What I’m making: M8 wingbolt
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Made these tabs to weld onto bolt heads (details in CAD file below)
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Replacing these plastic ones (some have broken)
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Stock used in making a welding & alignment jig (to help make the wingbolts)
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Materials:
1 x 50x50x6 mm (2"x2"x1/4") flat section mild steel
2 x 50x25x3 mm (2"x1"x1/8") equal angle mild steel
1 x 100x14 mm (4"x9/16") hex bar mild steel

All pickled, de-smutted & deburred.
Jig copes with 6mm to 8mm (1/4" to 5/16") bolts

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8mm hole in centre (top side)
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Countersunk 90° included angle (underside)
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Marked all & drilled (8mm) holes in uprights
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Going to plug weld (MIG) through holes to base
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Using a wingbolt tab, as a spacer, wrapped in masking tape to add some clearance
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Welded
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Dressed with angle grinder flapwheel
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Marked and sliced through only the angle iron sections
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Cleaned up
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Nuts, bevelled, threaded & marked. From hex stock
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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90° included angle
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Different threaded nuts
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Nuts hold the bolts in good contact & alignment
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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Tabs are centre marked, drop in with good alignment, ready for welding
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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What’s in the CAD file
knoba - Steel thumbscrews & jig

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knoba – steel thumbscrews & jig – 2018.dxf

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Oil pen

Oil in can.
knoba - oil pen

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Old felt tip pen.
knoba - oil pen

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Oil pen. Good for controlled oiling without dripping (hinges, clocks, etc.).
knoba - oil pen

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Magnetic Bunsen burner

Lovely old thing from ebay.
knoba - magnetic bunsen burner

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knoba - magnetic bunsen burner

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Painted with Finnagans Hammerite.
knoba - magnetic bunsen burner

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Old speaker magnet in the centre, steel band on the perimeter slightly taller than the magnet. Both stuck with silicon sealant.
knoba - magnetic bunsen burner

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In action stuck to the bench. No way that’s getting knocked off.
knoba - magnetic bunsen burner

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More helpful with some unusual annealing jobs.
knoba - magnetic bunsen burner

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Lab tripod

Made from 304 stainless steel.
knoba - lab tripod

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knoba - lab tripod

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It disassembles when not required. The tig’ed nuts are clearance drilled.
knoba - lab tripod

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Silicon feet good to approx. 200°c.
knoba - lab tripod

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In action.
knoba - lab tripod

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CAD file link below.
knoba - lab tripod

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knoba – lab tripod – 2017.dxf

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Jessops tripod camera mount

Machined from hardwood scrap (not the wired thumbscrew).
knoba - jessops tripod camera mount

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knoba - jessops tripod camera mount

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Fits the unusually shaped jessops tripod
knoba - jessops tripod camera mount

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All; Freecycled, recycled.
knoba - jessops tripod camera mount

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240v Quick connect

Quick way to hook up stuff to test like; neon bulbs, DUT, etc.
knoba - 240v quick connect

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Standard mains 3 pin plug (UK).
knoba - 240v quick connect

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Access for fuse. Neon bulb, there. Wire gripers are epoxied on.
knoba - 240v quick connect

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Indicator light when unit is live. Entirely from recycle.
knoba - 240v quick connect

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Lathe chip guard

Guard stops hot chips burning my feed hand
knoba - lathe chip guard

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Made from take-away containers
knoba - lathe chip guard

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Flexible, see-through, long lasting, etc.
knoba - lathe chip guard

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Usb magnifier

Great bit of kit, bought from Ebay, but plastic lens was very poor.
knoba - usb magnifier

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Lens taken from broken camera, ground diameter with diamond disk.
knoba - usb magnifier

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Maplin drill converted cable entry to 2.5dc connector.
knoba - usb magnifier

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Optic holding flange (white plastic); increased the depth to suit new lens with diamond disk.
knoba - usb magnifier

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My “goto” tool for component markings.
knoba - usb magnifier

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knoba - usb magnifier

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Wooden cornices

Turned in the round, quartered, back relieved & carved.
knoba - sunglass modding

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Home seasoned apple, linseed oiled & beeswaxed
knoba - sunglass modding

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Wood database.com – Apple

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Carved Tudor Rose

Butt jointed (no tongues or biscuits) well seasoned knotty pine
knoba - Carved Tudor Rose

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Marking out guide for Rose design
knoba - Carved Tudor Rose

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Starting in, must have tea…
knoba - Carved Tudor Rose

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Fleshed out.
knoba - Carved Tudor Rose

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Did not have the right carving gouges for this size work
knoba - Carved Tudor Rose

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Stopped project to make some better size gouges…
knoba - Carved Tudor Rose

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3 sepals left to go
knoba - Carved Tudor Rose

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36″ o/d x 1.75″ thick. 120+ hours.
knoba - Carved Tudor Rose

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Enjoyed those little sepals
knoba - Carved Tudor Rose

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Boss in centre is for a light pattress (it’s a ceiling rose)
knoba - Carved Tudor Rose

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knoba - Carved Tudor Rose

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Danish oiled then wire wool and waxed
knoba - Carved Tudor Rose

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Turned magnetic Beech fixing covers
knoba - Carved Tudor Rose

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On my ceiling, sub rosa
knoba - Carved Tudor Rose

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Colron – Danish Oil, Wire wool & Finishing wax

Pfeil – Carving tools

knoba – Carved picture frame

knoba – Carving gouges

knoba – Gym mirror

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Rlc switches

Resistor, Capacitor & Inductor selector switches
knoba - Rlc switches

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1p12t rotary switches, dupont clone connectors for breadboarding
knoba - Rlc switches

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Link to cad file below
knoba - Rlc switches

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knoba – Rlc switches – Facia – 2017.dxf

knoba – Electronics workbench

knoba – Breadboard Patch-leads & Peripherals

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Tool tang drill bit

Almost any steel will do. 7mm o/d, 2 straight flutes, 1/4″ increment depth marks
knoba - Tool tang drill bit

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Used in lathe, with new handles. Enlarge to fit individuals tangs…
knoba - Tool tang drill bit

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4° included taper (as per machine taper)
knoba - Tool tang drill bit

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Can easily remove shank for re-tempering. Link to CAD file below
knoba - Tool tang drill bit

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Wiki – Machine taper

knoba – Tool Tang Drill Bit – 2017.dxf

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Chop saw mitre framing jig

Easy to make (ply & baton) checks accuracy of chopsaw 90° cut
knoba - Chop saw mitre framing jig

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1 joint 1 cut, or, 2 joints 1 cut…
knoba - Chop saw mitre framing jig

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Perfect.
knoba - Chop saw mitre framing jig

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Link to CAD file below
knoba - Chop saw mitre framing jig

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knoba – Chop Saw Mitre Framing Jig – 2017.dxf

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Plywood picture frame

1″ thick x 19″ o/d, “Far Eastern Plywood”, waxed.
knoba - plywood picture frame

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Picture & 4mm glass is about 300mm square.
knoba - plywood picture frame

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knoba - plywood picture frame

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Wenban Smith – Far Eastern Plywood

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Breadboard Patch-leads & Peripherals

2.54mm 1/10″ male to various connectors
knoba - Breadboard Patch-leads & Peripherals

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knoba - Breadboard Patch-leads & Peripherals

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2.54mm 1/10″ male to various peripherals
knoba - Breadboard Patch-leads & Peripherals

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knoba - Breadboard Patch-leads & Peripherals

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knoba - Breadboard Patch-leads & Peripherals

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Dupont clones
knoba - Breadboard Patch-leads & Peripherals

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knoba - Breadboard Patch-leads & Peripherals

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Amphenol – Interconnects

Molex – Interconnects

JST – Interconnects

Freecycle – Interconnect recycling

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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
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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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
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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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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Component tester

Aka: Octopus, Curve Tracer, Analog Signature Analyser…
knoba - Component tester

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Made from recycled 240Vac “wall wart”.
knoba - Component tester

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Breadboarding the I/V circuit.
knoba - Component tester

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Breadboarding the internal 1A fuse and led indicator circuit
knoba - Component tester

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240V:10v transformer source and internals.
knoba - Component tester

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Measuring out internals and laying out facia
knoba - Component tester

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Making fuse & indicator pcb
knoba - Component tester

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Backside
knoba - Component tester

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All pcbs made and fitted
knoba - Component tester

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Made some test leads, facia done with inkjet printer and laminated
knoba - Component tester

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Compact, no mains leads hanging around…
knoba - Component tester

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BNC’s are 50ohm, 4mm bananas, female pin header.
knoba - Component tester

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Working well… seen testing an LED
knoba - Component tester

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knoba – component tester front panel – 2016.dxf
knoba - Component tester

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knoba – component tester schematic – 2016.fzz
knoba - Component tester

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knoba – component tester front panel – 2016.dxf

knoba – component tester schematic – 2016.fzz

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Hot tongs

long reach 24″ tongs made from 1″x3/8″ (25mmx10mm) steel bar.
knoba - Resistor Hot tongs - 01

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Heated, viced up & twisted
knoba - Resistor Hot tongs - 02

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9″ long reforged from old pincers, great for handling hot metals & acids
knoba - Resistor Hot tongs - 03

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knoba - Resistor Hot tongs - 04

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Jewellers bench plate

Plate is 5mm x 200mm, spot welded clamp bracket is 2.2mm, mild steel.
knoba - jewellers bench plate - 01

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Clamp is 6mm x 25mm, m8 threaded bar, turned piece on end
knoba - jewellers bench plate - 02

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Finish is sulphuric acid pickling & satin black cellulose
knoba - jewellers bench plate - 03

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Good stability, very solid.
knoba - jewellers bench plate - 04

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knoba – Jewellers Bench – 2016.dxf (CAD file link below)
knoba - jewellers bench plate

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knoba – Jewellers Bench – 2016.dxf

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Bumping file

Bumping file for car bodywork, made from old straight file
knoba - bumping file - 01

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Double ended with reversible “plasti-dip” handle.
knoba - bumping file - 02

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Smoothed section in centre for index finger.
knoba - bumping file - 03

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Plasti-dip – Specialty coatings

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Box Spanner

46mm (across flats) low torque, box spanner, for restricted access on long threads.
knoba - box spanner - 01

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Welded bead around perimeter to add strength.
knoba - box spanner - 02

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Body is scaffold pole, 60% penetration on hex seam to avoid internal excess metal…
knoba - box spanner - 03

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Arduino battery power supply

Simple power supply for stand-alone arduino.

Would have liked to make a battery enclosure that took 2 stacked batteries.
knoba - arduino battery power supply - 01

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Strip-board pcb.
knoba - arduino battery power supply - 02

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Male usb mini b connector raided from cable.
knoba - arduino battery power supply - 03

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knoba – arduino battery power supply – 2016.dxf (CAD file link below)
knoba - arduino battery power supply

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Arduino – open-source electronics platform

Wiki – Open source

Energizer – Batteries

Digikey – Prototype Boards Perforated

knoba – arduino battery power supply – 2016.dxf

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Nogging master for arched wood roofs

Component parts overview…
knoba - Nogging master - 01

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2″ by 2″ softwood, M8 coachbolts.
knoba - Nogging master - 02

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Assembled.
knoba - Nogging master - 03

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Folds up.
knoba - Nogging master - 04

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Machined a nice thumb nut for it from aluminium.
knoba - Nogging master - 05

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Nogging master measuring dwang geometry…
knoba - Nogging master - 06

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Place on timber (3″ x 2″ here), mark & cut!
knoba - Nogging master - 07

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knoba - Nogging master - 08

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Notes.
• Perlins can be continuous or split form.
• Saves time.
• Eliminates waste, cost & mistakes.
• Inexpensive & easy to make.

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*** Mk2 incorporates the “Plate Pilot” for accurate ‘birds mouths’ on the wall plate / 1st perlins nogging.

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Rivet sets & snaps

No go with any tool suppliers so got this chisel set off ebay…
knoba - Rivet snaps & sets

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Annealed.
knoba - Rivet snaps & sets

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Figuring out what I want and what can get away with. A set of Starrett radius gauges helped me figure out the radii for the tool grinding.
knoba - Rivet snaps & sets

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Machined, stamped, hardened & tempered (to suit: 3/32″, 1/8″ & 5/32″ diameter shank rivets)
knoba - Rivet snaps & sets

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Tried the “heat and hammer a ball bearing in” method, it just made a mess.
knoba - Rivet snaps & sets

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Anvil end. 2 snaps (one used as a hold-up) & a set for each size.
knoba - Rivet snaps & sets

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Jay Cee – Solid Round Head Rivet Specifications

Rivetking.com – Solid Rivet Design Considerations.pdf

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Leather strap cutter

For cutting stiff leathers into parallel strips (belts, straps,etc.)…
knoba - Leather strap cutter

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Mostly made from Iroko & stainless steel.
knoba - Leather strap cutter

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knoba - Leather strap cutter

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knoba - Leather strap cutter

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knoba - Leather strap cutter

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knoba - Leather strap cutter

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knoba – Leather strap cutter – 2015.dxf (link below)
knoba - Leather strap cutter

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knoba – Leather strap cutter – 2015.dxf

knoba – Adjustable Dowel Jig

Wood Database – Iroko

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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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Knurling copier & profiler

Single wheel knurler; mild steel, high tensile steel, stainless steel & brass.
knoba - knurling copier & profiler

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Filed, drilled, reamed & bevelled. Captivated dowels & countersunk bolts.
knoba - knurling copier & profiler

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Lever stops the sacrificial nut & bolt from elongating the body…
knoba - knurling copier & profiler

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knoba - knurling copier & profiler

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Used on a tool post, near the tailstock off a live centre, profiles, formers & patterns can be made from silver steel…
knoba - knurling copier & profiler

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knoba – Knurling Copier & Profiler – 2015.dxf (link below)
knoba - knurling copier & profiler

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knoba – Knurling Copier & Profiler – 2015.dxf

West Yorkshire Steel – Silver steel.pdf

Ebay.co.uk – Stainless Steel Dowel 3x12mm

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Hss indexable metal scraper

Originaly a ‘Moore& wright’ high carbon steel metal scraper…
knoba - hss indexable metal scraper-

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It now accepts high speed steel pieces from a parting off blade…
knoba - hss indexable metal scraper-

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Shank had to be; removed, annealed and then machined (M4)…
knoba - hss indexable metal scraper-

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knoba - hss indexable metal scraper-

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knoba - hss indexable metal scraper-

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knoba - hss indexable metal scraper-

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RDG tools – Parting Blades

Moore & Wright – Precision measuring equipment

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Desktop bookends

1.5mm 304 brushed Stainless steel.
knoba - desktop bookends

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knoba - desktop bookends

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knoba - desktop bookends

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knoba - desktop bookends

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knoba - desktop bookends

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Current reading list…
knoba - desktop bookends

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knoba – Desktop Bookends – xcf.zip (link below)
knoba - desktop bookends

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knoba – Desktop Bookends – xcf.zip (link below)
knoba - desktop bookends

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knoba – Desktop Bookends – xcf.zip

knoba – Folding bar

Bahco – Smooth cut files

Snap-on – File handles

Smith and Arrow – Disc abrasives

Makita – 5″ Angle grinders

HSE – Pickling paste

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Wood carving mallet

Made from stock; copper, holly & cherry…
knoba - wood carving mallet

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knoba - wood carving mallet

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The wood database – European Cherry

The wood database – English Holly

Matweb – Copper datasheet

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Wood bending steam setup

Simple, inexpensive, permanent & unobtrusive…
knoba - wood bending steam setup

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3m x 160mm o/d aluminium van tube (3″ fall over length to let water out)…
knoba - wood bending steam setup

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Bosch PTL1; 2kw, 2.4l capacity = 45 mins, 3m hose.
knoba - wood bending steam setup

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Hose fitting is 14mm circumference plus the bayonet (push fit only as added saftey).
knoba - wood bending steam setup

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Machined brass fitting from propane bottle valve (3/4 bspt, 14mm bore).
knoba - wood bending steam setup

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End cap is left loose (hinged at top) to allow steam egress.
knoba - wood bending steam setup

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Brackets were made made from old aluminium cafe chairs left on the street
knoba - wood bending steam setup

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Freegle – Wallpaper steamer

Ebay – Van Pipe

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Single bevel edge fishtail carving skew

Someone gave me this today (it’s a Marples & Sons 1/2″ bevel edge chisel)…
knoba - single bevel edge fishtail carving skew

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It’s in pretty poor shape…
knoba - single bevel edge fishtail carving skew

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The sole of the blade…
knoba - single bevel edge fishtail carving skew

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The top of the blade (the bevel edges can just be made out)…
knoba - single bevel edge fishtail carving skew

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Here it is again after a couple of hours reworking…
knoba - single bevel edge fishtail carving skew

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The blade has been: extracted, reforged, re-shaped, ground, hardened, tempered, lapped, polished & stropped.
knoba - single bevel edge fishtail carving skew

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The handle has been: re-turned, sanded, waxed & polished.
knoba - single bevel edge fishtail carving skew

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A sweet tool…
knoba - single bevel edge fishtail carving skew

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Concrete post finials

Finished finial for these 4″ concrete posts…
knoba - concrete post finials

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Metal brackets (the 3 shown in centre of picture) allow the finials to slide on
knoba - concrete post finials

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Countersunk to accept screws into the wood on top
knoba - concrete post finials

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Body was made more durable by gluing the wood perpendicular to each other
knoba - concrete post finials

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B&Q – Wooden Post Cap

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Adjustable dowel & drilling jig

Used for drilling blind holes, in matched faces, for dowelling metal or wood assemblies.
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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125mm x 127mm x 15mm 5083 Aluminium Plate
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Glued on cad template (link below)
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Optical centre punch (link below)
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Centre drilled used as fluffer (minimizes deflection) prior to pilot drilling
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Pilot drill all holes 3mm
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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6mm drill
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Cut out profile
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Filed. A good selection of files helps; the dreadnought type is especially good on aluminium.
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Cleaned up a little more
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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…and a little more
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Homemade edge chamferer/deburrer from an old three square file
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Drilling ready for threading m12 inserts
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Threading
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Countersinking
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Inserts: centre drilling
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Countersinking a relief to stop the slot in the screw snaping the twist drill used in the next operation
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Drilling to finish size
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Stamping sizes on the heads (there are 5 different sized inserts in my set)…
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Inserts fit nice…
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Insert needs to be below the surface on both sides
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Main body finished & inserts finished.
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Marking out the fences for the tool
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Cutting the parts
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Drilled, tapped,assembled to slider blocks and lapped flat
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Wallop….
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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Underside
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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knoba – Adjustable Dowel Jig – 2015.dxf (link below)
knoba - Adjustable Dowel Jig

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knoba – Adjustable Dowel Jig – 2015.dxf

knoba – Optical centre punch

knoba – Dewalt chop saw mods

Wiki – 5083 aluminium alloy

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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.
knoba - optical centre punch

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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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Lathe lantern T-bar

T-bar for my lantern toolpost…
knoba - lantern tbar

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knoba - lantern tbar

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knoba – Mini V-blocks

knoba – V-blocks

knoba – Tap & die feeder

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Leather Strops

Made from ‘belt leather’ & oak with rubber feet for sharpening my leatherwork tools.
knoba - leather strop

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Counter-bored recesses in oak base to secure these 6mm Ø x 3mm rubber feet.
knoba - leather strop

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Wood carving strop also from ‘belt leather’ with shaped edges. Both are impregnated with aluminium oxide polishing compound.
knoba - leather strop

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Rapid – Affix Self-Adhesive Black Rubber Feet

Wood Database – English Oak

Colron – Refined Finishing Wax

Abbey England – Leather supplies

Screwfix – Cutting Paste Bar 800g Grey

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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…

Window grills

To protect a pair of period glazed windows from ball impact strikes.
knoba - window mesh

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Low profile, near hinge side, allows window to open without impediment.
knoba - window mesh

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Upright frame sections take loading from the arched mesh and dissipate shocks.
knoba - window mesh

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Frames will be fitted with only the top laterals fixed (m5 countersunks).
knoba - window mesh

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knoba - window mesh

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Balling achieved by melting ends with TIG.
knoba - window mesh

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knoba - window mesh

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Single sided adhesive closed cell foam tape (20mm x 1.5mm).
knoba - window mesh

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knoba - window mesh

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Homemade tucking fork used to shape the open wire ends.
knoba - window mesh

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Wooden buck used to profile the weldmesh.
knoba - window mesh

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knoba – Window Mesh – 2015.dxf (link below)
knoba - window mesh

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knoba – Window Mesh – 2015.dxf

Parker Steel – 20 X 3mm Mild Steel Flat

Parker Steel – 2″ X 2″ X 10G GALV Weldmesh Sheet

Ebay – Black Single Sided Foam Tape Closed Cell 20mm Wide x 1.5mm Thick

Ebay – m5 Countersunk Pozi Machine Screws

Screwfix – No Nonsense Timber Decking Oil Clear 5Ltr

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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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