Metalwork mallets

large diameter heads & long reach heads in double wedge, round & flat
knoba - metalwork mallets

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Heads are home grown & seasoned holly, wedges are mahogany & handles are beech.
knoba - metalwork mallets

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Handles turned from old table legs, spoke shaved ovoid, danish oiled and burnished smooth with 00 wire wool.
knoba - metalwork mallets

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Added extra weight with heated and shrunk rings
knoba - metalwork mallets

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3 smaller mallets, beech dowel handles, holly heads.
knoba - metalwork mallets

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All heads danish oil soaked in poly bag, finish left on heads
knoba - metalwork mallets

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knoba - metalwork mallets

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knoba - metalwork mallets

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Materials:
Large heads: 2 x 125x50 mm o/d (5"x2" o/d) holly
Long reach heads: 2 x 180x40 mm o/d (7"x1 1/2" o/d) holly
Small heads: 3 x 100x32 mm o/d (4"x1 1/4" o/d) holly
Large head handles: 2 x 280x40 mm o/d (11"x1 1/2" o/d) beech
Long reach head handles: 2 x 325x40 mm o/d (12 1/4"x1 1/2" o/d) beech
Small head handles: 3 x 330x15 mm o/d (13"x19/32" o/d) beech
Danish oil
00 Wire wool

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Wood-database.com – holly & beech

Colron – refined danish oil

Liberon – steel wool

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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
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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
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Assembled
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Upside down
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Fitted to my electronics bench
knoba - Test Lead Rack

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Sumptuously disposed with test leads
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Tray carrying nik-naks & bits
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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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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
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9″ long reforged from old pincers, great for handling hot metals & acids
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knoba - Resistor Hot tongs - 04

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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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Hand graver

Hand graver for engraving metal.

Iroko handle, cast & machined brass body, 1/8″ hss lathe tool, m4 grub screws.
knoba - hand graver - 01

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Handle is flat on one side to allow the tool a low attack angle.
knoba - hand graver - 02

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knoba – Hand graver – 2016.dxf (CAD file link below)
knoba - hand graver - 02

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knoba – Hand graver – 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.
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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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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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Lathe chuck spider

Magnetic lathe chuck spider provides reference face for repeat cuts.
knoba - lathe chuck spider

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Another one for my 4 jaw chuck (material is 5083 aluminium 15mm thick & 3mm x 3mm neodymium magnets).
knoba - lathe chuck spider

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The spider also helps with work-holding when turning small parts.
knoba - lathe chuck spider

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knoba – Lathe chuck spider – 2015.dxf (link below)
knoba - lathe chuck spider

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knoba – Lathe chuck spider – 2015.dxf

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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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Leather Edge Bevellers

Made from medium carbon steel, brass & spalted cherry.
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knoba - leather edge bevellers

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knoba - leather edge bevellers

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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.
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Centre punch is being soaked (the punch is at the front & the bits at the back are for another project).
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Punch is going to be quenched in old engine oil.
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View through loupes’ optic.
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CAD drawing below is for another project and the reason I wanted to make this tool.
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O-ring fitted and held in place with epoxy glue.
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Tool needs a case to protect the optic and keep the tool together.
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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.
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knoba - optical centre punch

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knoba – Optical Centre Punch – 2015.dxf (link below)
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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.
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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.
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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…
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With thanks to Cap’n Eddie Castelin for his superb wood turning videos (link below).
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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 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…

Screwdriver Rack

Screwdriver Rack

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Screwdriver Rack

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Screwdriver Rack

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Screwdriver Rack

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Screwdriver Rack

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Screwdriver Rack

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Screwdriver Rack

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Screwdriver Rack

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Screwdriver Rack

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knoba – Screwdriver Rack – 2014.dxf (link below)
Screwdriver Rack

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Perspex – Fluorescent Cast Acrylic Neptune Blue 7T97

knoba – Screwdriver Rack – 2014.dxf

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Plier Rack for electronics bench

Plier Rack

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Plier Rack

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Plier Rack

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Plier Rack

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Plier Rack

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Plier Rack

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Plier Rack

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Plier Rack

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Upgraded: 25mm x 2mm self adhesive foam strips for tweezer base
Plier Rack

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Plier Rack

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knoba – Plier Rack – 2014.dxf (link below)
Plier Rack

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Perspex – Fluorescent Cast Acrylic Neptune Blue 7T97

knoba – Plier Rack – 2014.dxf

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Wood turning fixture & rests

Lathe wood turning fixture & polished 304 stainless steel rests
Wood turning fixture & rests

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Wood turning fixture & rests

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Wood turning fixture & rests

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Wood turning fixture & rests

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Extended rest.
Wood turning fixture & rests

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Wood turning fixture & rests

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knoba – Radius keepers

knoba – Spur drive

Homemadetools.net

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