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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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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Wired edge dollies

Thanks to billsmetal – youtube. Cut & pickled materials…
knoba - wired edge dollies

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How they will fit together
knoba - wired edge dollies

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Bevelled one edge for easier weld penetration
knoba - wired edge dollies

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Strong, flat heatsink (bench) & clamps to restrict distortion
knoba - wired edge dollies

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Gouged the rear of seam & welded to give homogeneous fusion
knoba - wired edge dollies

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Cleaned up with flap wheel & belt sander.
knoba - wired edge dollies

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Materials:
1 x 20x32x50mm mild steel, Rectangular solid section
1 x 25x38x50mm mild steel, Rectangular solid section
2 x 25x3x50mm mild steel, Flat section
2 x 50x6x50mm mild steel, Flat section

Normalise & harder alloy for upgrades.

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Smaller one here; base is 1/16″ (1.6mm) thick.
knoba - wired edge dollies

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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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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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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

Rivet.com – Solid Rivet Design Considerations.pdf

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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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