I have this great little welding cart I got from a picker. The size was almost — but not quite — perfect to hold my little MIG welder underneath. I got 10′ of 1/2″ 16 gauge steel square tubing for $2.06 at Industrial Metal Supply’s remainders bin and cut two lengths down to size to fit the footprint of the welder. I welded them to the cart and now it’s all neatly contained.
1/2″ 16ga. HR steel square tubing
removing rust with a flap wheel
dry fit is good and tight
gorgeous, award-winning weld
exciting action shot
my MIG welder has a home
I just picked up an excellent vintage Brown & Sharpe No. 4 combination square protractor head and blade for $20. It was in good shape, just needed some cleaning and surface rust removal. Made in Rhode Island, it’s a high-quality, forged and hardened precision measurement tool. Not sure of the vintage.
These are great for transferring angles, measuring and marking at non-square (or square) angles along the length of the blade, and using the bubble level not just to check square, but determine the exact angle of out-of-square surfaces. The blade can flip to both edges on both sides, giving four different graduation sets.
Here’s a photo essay of my cleanup process.
My friend Dug North — automata builder and clock maker extraordinaire — sent me a box of vintage tools in trade for some parts bins I built for him. Let’s have a look at his picks!
Videography by Peter Moyer
Delightful little box of useful items I found at a garage sale. Pretty good value for five US dollars.
The Eagle #314 “Chemi-Sealed” DRAUGHTING pencils are excellent, highly coveted pencils among illustrators. This style was made from 1950-1980. More info here. I gave one to my ridiculously talented friend Mark Frauenfelder, who swears by vintage Blackwing’s. We’ll see how he feels this one compares.
Next up, some nice boxes of screws, including a gross of blued, round head steel 5/8″ #6 wood screws from National Products. Just look at that NAT the Robot logo they had! Love.
I also found a warded lock key, a pencil protector, two heavy duty switches, and this lovely Brunswick pool cue chalk.
Three dollars spent this weekend at various yard sales.
First up: four welding plier clamps. $1.50. Original owner was a Lockheed aviation machinist.
Two of them are unmarked, the other two are Knu-Vise brand model P-400-1. They still sell this model today, for around $18 a piece.
Two go carts. $0.00, a.k.a. free. What?! Not technically a yard sale item. I was dropping my son off at school and somebody had set these out on the curb with a FREE sign. They work pretty well, but looking into replacing/upgrading the batteries…
Which leads to: Snap-on/Blue Point MT130 Charging System Analyzer for testing car batteries and alternators. $0.50. Could be helpful in working on the go carts.
Finally, a deck of Magic Castle playing cards — the cards inside are still sealed. $1.00. I’ll be gifting this to a friend who’s pretty into cards and magic.
My $1 yard sale find of the day. A Tensor model 5975 high-intensity mini task lamp, circa 1965.
Love the design and the crinkle paint. I’ll get some bulbs and then possibly rewire it with some cloth braided wire.