Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Outdoor Workshop

Working with the lathe on a beautiful sunny day.
 Is it possible to have an outdoor workshop when you live in an apartment?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Grip Rite #305 Stainless Steel Exterior Screws Review

I'm building a workbench out of redwood 2x4's to keep outdoors. So I bought some stainless steel screws to put it together.

The included bit is a #2 square drive. But the screws aren't a snug fit for a #2 bit. I had my own #2 bit that I've used with other screws no problem, but it also is too small for these screws.

After rounding off both bits, I'm done with these useless screws.

I'll contact the manufacturer... Perhaps it's simply a bad batch.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

PSI's Shock Absorber Kits

Well, I finall got some time to work on the lathe, and thought this would be a great opportunity to try PSI's new Shock Absorber pen kits.

First off, these look more like either coil-overs or McPhearson struts to me. But that's neither here nor there. ;)

Fit and finish appear to be decent. Plating looks good. My only real complaint about the quality is the choice of refill. They used @#$%^ mini refills! That pen is pretty large, and there's no excuse for using the mini refills. They're crap, and I'm pretty bothered they made that choice.

The pens are very much a gimmick. They're not comfortable to write with, and don't have a pocket clip. This is something a mechanic or gearhead has laying around to look cool.

And they do look cool!

The barrels are my black/silver swirled poly resin.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

No posts for a while...

We had an emergency move in October 2011. Sold most of my tools and such to facilitate the move from CO to CA.

I'm keeping this blog up, but won't be posting for a while until I get settled somewhere that I can start making stuff again.


By most I mean that I only kept:
Rikon lathe
Cman 10" bandsaw
Delta 12.5" planer
Cman grinder (to sharpen lathe tools)
Hand tools
Casting stuff

Everything else was sold, including my table saw, miter saw, compressor, etc etc etc...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Review: Rikon 70-050 Mini Lathe

I recently sold my Delta 46-701 lathe. Two primary reasons:

  1. Too bloody big for my one car garage.
  2. Needed the money (I've been out of work).
But I use a lathe a lot, so I needed to sell the Delta for enough $$ to buy a smaller replacement as well as have some cash.