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
My son has been learning to play the guitar. I’m very happy and proud — he’s really into it, practices hard, and he sounds great. I recently borrowed an electric guitar from a friend so my son can practice for an upcoming Led Zeppelin show put on by his guitar school. We needed a stand for the guitar, so I built this one based on plans I saw on Instructables.
I re-drafted plans in Rhino, then laser cut some cardboard as a template. I transferred that to a piece of scrap 1/4″ plywood.
I cut it on a mitre saw and bandsaw, and then sanded it.
It works pretty well, but I’d like to remake it with tighter tolerances so the guitar back sits flush against the stand.
You can fit 3.5mm parts on 0.1″ pitch (2.54mm) PCBs by simply turning them 45 degrees?! I just blew my own mind and am very happy about it. Was this a known thing?
Carrying small pliers and screwdrivers at all times is helpful and comforting. So, when I travel without checked baggage, I feel strange leaving small multitools behind. Being without tools is weird. So, I decided to buy a used Leatherman Squirt on eBay (possibly a TSA auction of a previously confiscated tool), and modify it to meet/exceed the government restrictions on carry-on tools.
Here’s the original tool. Note sharp blade, longish file, and pointy, shabby awl.
I milled off the rivets so I could remove or swap out the offending parts.
The pieces parts.
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.