I repurposed a scrap of 1939 4×4 beam from my house remodel to build a lamp base. I have a couple of these black metal gooseneck lamps in my garage with no bases — they broke years ago, some kind of cement in the base that crumbled, taking the threaded mount with it.
So, I drilled a hole in the 4×4, mounted the lamp post in there, and added bent nail to hold the cord. I love the result!
Make your own bitters to invigorate your beverages.
- 375ml of 151 proof grain alcohol
- 375ml of 100 proof bourbon
- zest of one lemon, peeled with a vegetable peeler
- 1/4 tsp. quinine extract (from a health food store)
- 1/8 tsp. wormwood extract (from a health food store)
- 2 tsp. Tellicherry peppercorns
- 1 cinnamon stick
- a 2″ piece of fresh ginger root
- 6 allspice berries
- 4 cloves
- 1/8 cu. dried cherries
- 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise, with its seeds scraped and reserved to add to jar
- 1/4 cu. raw sugar
I bought a $4 bag of tools at the thrift shop yesterday and was really happy to find these 1950s era electricians pliers among them. They’re from the venerable Hollywood lighting equipment company Mole-Richardson.
I love the grip pattern:
These look like slip joint pliers with a bent head and a groove down the jaws, but Mole calls them “electrician’s” http://extranet.mole.com/public/index.cgi?cmd=view_item&parent=1434-1566-1111&id=8320
I’m laser cutting a wood veneer to apply to the back of my slightly cracked iPhone back. The starting point for me is the dimension drawings from Apple. You can get them here.
Rather conveniently, the drawing pdf imports into Rhino (the NURBS modeling/drafting application I use) as curves, so I don’t need to trace and redraw the dimensions.
I’m only using the inner curve from the camera back and the camera keep out guide, which recommends the distance from camera lens and flash hole to avoid vignetting or tinting your photos.
I just cleaned up some surface rust and gunk from this nice little clamp I rescued from a rusted out toolbox I bought, then hit it with some oil to protect the surface.
This being the internet and all, there is a webpage for people interested in the history of clamp companies. From this, the clampguy.info site, I present some history, including the fact that my clamp was designed by the grandfather of the author:
Hargrave brand of Cincinnati Tool Co
The Cincinnati Tool Company was founded in 1877. In 1925, it changed its name to the Hargrave Company, which continued until 1955.
The information below was provided through the kindness of John McCutcheon, of Grand Rapids, Michigan
A “circled H” on tools made by Cincinnati Tool Company signifies that it was designed by my grandfather, John M. Hargrave (1889-1975).
Edward Hollister Hargrave worked for Cincinnati Tool Co. in the late 1800’s. By 1911 or 1912, when he died, I think he was running the company.
John Morris Hargrave (his son) had just graduated from M.I.T., with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He was called home to take over the company. (I don’t know if he owned the company or not at that time, but I am pretty certain that he did eventually. I believe he sold the company and retired sometime in the 1950’s.)
The company made a complete line of hand tools of all kinds, from bar, cee and wooden jaw clamps to cold chisels, star drills, etc.
Here is a drawing from Hargrave’s Patent No. 1,918,469 which I found on the Directory of American Tool and Machinery Patents
Great unexpected gift from a friend a work who knows my style down to a T.
I’ve already used it to transport Bloody Mary fixings and tools to a brunch party. It’ll make a great weekend bag, too. Plus, I’m sure I’ll use it to haul actual tools around when I’m fixing things on the go. Thanks Charlie.