Sadly my favorite screwdrivers of old are beginning to show their age. Not much life left in the few that haven’t gotten lost or broken. While searching the web for a good ratcheting driver, I found a very interesting screwdriver. It is called a double drive screwdriver. Kobalt makes it and Lowe’s carries it. After reading about it I may have drooled a bit. It is a ratcheting drive that turns the screw when you twist the grip. It also turns the screw when you twist the grip the other way. It looked very plastic and aluminum, but it also looked solid, so I had to try it out. I am a technician by trade, so I use a screwdriver constantly. A good screwdriver is a must have tool.
The price was a bit high, around 25 dollars, but it looked like a pretty nice leap in tool art. It if worked as advertised, it would also save me time.
For comparison, I also obtained an HDX screwdriver set from Home Depot. This costs about $7. I had already tried these out and found them to be fairly nice. They don’t ratchet, but they have interchangeable bits and still end up working as well as a fixed bit screwdriver. I had already converted several to wooden handles and found them to be a real pleasure to use.
I was very exited to try out the nifty blue screwdrivers. fortunately I had a magnifying lamp and an air conditioner that I needed to put back into working order.
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I made a few ‘pushers’ of wood to make a game of Majong a bit faster to organize and easier to play.
I also experimented with my stamp. When stamping leather, it needs to be damp. I tried this on the wood and all it seemed to do was leave a water mark. Sadly not every experiment works out.
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The weather has been nice and I have spent time in the garden. But my woodworking is suffering. I have a very repetitive woodworking task, that involves careful gluing of parts prone to shifting. It is not hard, but it is hard to do right. This task will keep me from creative work for quite a while, and creative work is my bread and potatoes. So to keep it together I have been doing a lot of game programming.
If you have an up to date java runtime installed on your system, here is the outlet I have been using for my creativity in the evenings after gluing things.
If you want you can Download It First and run it from your computer.
I am charmed by rustic tools. Extreme simplicity, implied durability and the clear functionality speak strongly to me. I am delighted when I can capture that in a tool that I make.
Here are several recently made tools that are unique, simple, solid and quite functional.
This shows them sheathed and unsheathed. I tried quite a few variations on sheath making and am finally happy with one of the results. All of the saws have handles made of pecan. The difference is how the wood was preserved.
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There are a lot of simple ways to soak off rust. Here is a comparison of several of these. All the items used in these tests were totally covered in rust before treating.
On the left one part molasses to six parts water for one week. On the right citric acid in water for two days.
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