2021 Surprise Swap entry

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Project by drsurfrat posted 03-23-2021 08:31 PM 855 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got Dave Polaschek as the recipient of my handiwork. I included a few things that I find useful in my shop. Magnets seem to be the theme. First is three simple gages for thickness checks and marking. Under the mount block is a small magnet that will hang a 6” pocket rule so it can all be at arms length.

Second is a parts tray (mahogany) with an embedded 2×2 magnet to keep steel parts behaved. It has a wedge shaped cleat for placement in a position of his choosing. It is coated with epoxy, so should be a bit more durable than my usual danish oil.

The third is also a parts bin with a post that will fit into a bench dog hole (3/4”) It also has an exposed 1” round magnet. It was turned from a piece of maple that went down in my backyard.

- It was not lost on me that magnets only hold steel, so brass, aluminum and stainless will roll around and be corralled by the lip.

Fourth was a kit for a mechanical table. I designed it so that he could pick a style (A&C, French Provincial, Empire, etc) and could adapt the kit to the furniture. I made the metal parts, and included some prototypical wood parts of the more complicated pieces. Probably the most ironic ‘surprise’: Here Dave, some work for YOU to do…

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 03-23-2021 09:44 PM

Thanks, Mike! The two parts trays got installed onto a piece of wood that hangs on a cleat now. The rest needs me to finish my current crop of bookcases before I can start pondering.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 03-23-2021 10:07 PM

Very clever. I’m sure that the shadow will put them to good use.

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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#3 posted 03-23-2021 11:08 PM

Some nice and useful items! Great job and welcome to the swap addiction.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 03-24-2021 12:14 AM

Those are some neat projects, really like the small parts containers. This swap sounds like fun.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 03-24-2021 10:01 AM

Nice work Mike.

I think I’m going to steal the dog-hole part bin idea.

-- Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

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#6 posted 03-24-2021 11:23 AM

Clever, useful items for the shop. I’m liking the idea of putting things like these on the wall close to where I need them so I can find them when I need them. Hopefully, you will continue to participate in swaps.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#7 posted 03-24-2021 02:58 PM

Well done Mike :-) That is soooooo much nicer than the magnetic bowl I use from Harbor Freight! The drawer mechanism is really well thought out and I imagine if anyone will actually use it, it’ll be Dave :-) Great package.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#8 posted 03-24-2021 04:03 PM

That is quite creative, all of the items are very unique.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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