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decluttering

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declutteringHi all, My walk out basement is a very multifunctional area. Besides my wood shop, there is the furnace , water heater, pellet stove, pellets, tools for working around the house, fishing stuff, room to work on my garden tractor, etc., you get the idea. This post concerns tools for working around the house. A few weeks ago, during a snow storm, the snowblower on my garden tractor busted a couple of shear pins. I pulled it into the basement to work on it. I have an old roll around with wrenches, sockets, pliers etc in it, but over the years, everything in the drawers became a cluttered mess. After ten minutes and piles of tools on the floor trying to find the 10 mm wrenches or sockets , I'd had enough. Phase one of decluttering was the wrenches. I had some old pegboard and a couple of 2Xs so here it is.Phase two started with some mini butcher blocks someone left with me and never came back to get, There're loss, my gain
So, with free wood, a drill press with a long stroke and time( I'm retired, plenty of time) I made these.
Any guesses yet?
A quick coat of varnish and some labels gives me this. No more digging for the right sockets.
Thanks for looking Jim



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Four Wheel Grinder

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Four Wheel GrinderI picked up a home made, four wheel grinder in response to a craigslist ad with the idea of being able to use four different stone wheels, for maximum versatility of use.The grinder came with a 220 VAC, 1720 RPM motor, and no stand.I built a simple stand with a horizontal storage area on top. The whole thing sits atop the, in my shop, usual casters.I ran a 220 circuit, installed some wheels, fired it up and all was go.Looking at it, one could build this from 2x's, six pillow blocks, two shafts, four pulleys, a coupler [to tie the motor to the upper shaft], and adjustable flanges [to hold the pulleys], however called.Though this worked great, and gave me the ability to run four different grits, the speed was more than I wanted. To my good fortune, fate smiled on me and I was able to purchase a 3/4 hp sewing machine motor and controller at a yard sale (amazing, since we are not the place to be for yard sale opportunities).The 3/4 horse sewing machine motor is variable speed (0- 2,400 RPM) and reverses at the flick of a switch.I swapped the 220 VAC motor for the variable speed one and fired it up. I love the ability to control the speed by simply turning a knob. Being able to slow the speed to, say, 300 or 400 RPM, allows me to avoid taking too much metal off something, or overheating the metal.I added two CBN wheels (ouch) for lathe knife sharpening and profiling. This made the slow speed capability even more impressive.In the end, the variable speed motor and CBN wheels make this home spun unit the best sharpening station I've seen. It, certainly, would compete with the twelve hundred dollar Tradesman. At least until you got into things where even a little run out cannot be tolerated. Of course, you're getting into an even more impressive end price.I haven't installed the switch yet, but I added LED strips under the upper hood, making it easy to see what you're doing.The unit came with iron bars on the end, like the one seen on the right, but I've cut one off and will be adding some heavy duty aluminum angle stock to support the sharpening jigs.



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Rollerball Pen

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Rollerball Pen I made this pen blank from Brazilian Walnut and used Osage Orange for the Celtic Knot and stripes on the cap. I turned it and sanded to 3000 grit then finished with friction polish. It only took me about 20 minutes to make the blank, I used instant CA glue with spray activator.



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