2021 Tool Swap / 6 Pack

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Project by Eric posted 11-23-2021 11:31 PM 538 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

2021 Tool Swap or should I say 6 Pack, of items that I wanted to make and which I will use in the shop myself. So, Yes, 2 sets were made.

Pic #1, the main item, a Gauge Set-Up, made from Cherry, hat a magnet behind the ruler to hold it in place. This can be used to either set the height, or even set the fence. Also could be used as a depth gauge for a mortise.

Pic #2, a Marking Gauge, made from Piquarana, a very straight grained South American wood (left over from the last plane swap). The ruler is held in place with a maginet. I sharpened a masonry cut nail and a 16 penny nail to score the wood, locked in place with a knuckle nut epoxied in place and a machine screw. On the other end I drilled a hole to fit a pencil, just pressure fitted.

Pic #3, my version of a Shop Hammer, turned Piquarana and Bloodwood (again left overs) expoxy into the brass fittings. And an Awl, turned Oak, I took an old drill bit and ground it down to a point then sharpened further with sharpening stones. Expoxy to the handel and inside the brass compression fitting.

Pic #4, A Beam Compass, a little Cherry and an 5/16” Oak Dowel. And a Center Finder, cut from Wenge and Brass Pins, set to find centers for up to a 6 by stock.

Pic #5, everything laid out prior to assembly.

I mentioned left overs, well I have a lot of those in the shop, so it worked out. I had to find the thicker brass stock for the wear areas on the Setup Gauge and the Marking Gauge, along with the Brass Pins.

I drilled all of the required holes (some pilot only) prior to making any cuts in the required block. That turned out to be a great decision, so much easier with a square block. I think I used every floor or bench tool I have in the shop, and some hand tools.

The complete set was finished with about 6 coats of Natural Danish Oil.

Note: as I was packing the items up I ran out of packing tape, hense the Tyvek in the reveal photo. I was laughing at the time and on the way to ship it out.

Thanks for looking LJ’s And a ShoutOut to Keebler1 for running the Swap.

And if any of you want to jump in on these Swaps, you should, it is a lot of fun. This project kept growing, and if I did not stop, there may have been a few more items. Bonus, I have my own set this time.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#1 posted 11-23-2021 11:51 PM

real sweet eric, over the top swap projects.hell i could have used that beam compass this morning doing some 24” and 36” table tops.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 11-23-2021 11:57 PM

Thanks Pottz, it was a fun swap project overall. I probably could have come up with a few more items. I even thought about a box, but ran out of time with the wedding an all.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#3 posted 11-24-2021 12:22 AM

well at least i tagged along for a free ride.but hey im in the bowl swap so even though im a nivice turner i plan on having some fun.hopefully i wont embarrass myself too bad-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 11-24-2021 12:31 AM

a very nice showing you had Eric simply love the gauges GREAT JOB :<)))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#5 posted 11-24-2021 12:47 AM

Thanks Tony, and it was fun to make also.

This thing about crafting your own tools is addictive. I have a few other ideas in the head currently.

-- Eric, building the dream

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 11-24-2021 01:49 AM

Real nice tools, Eric They are all very useful tools in the shop. Some lucky persons will get some great tools.

Cjeers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 11-24-2021 01:59 AM

Thanks Jim, and I have a set for myself too.

That is the mistake I made during the plane swap, didn’t make one for myself.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#8 posted 11-24-2021 02:14 AM

A really superb set of tools.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 11-24-2021 02:14 AM

Very nice, Eric! Plus you made a set for yourself, which is a great call. Well done, and a great use of “scraps.”

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 11-24-2021 02:27 AM

Thanks Swirt.

Thanks Dave, and it hasn’t even put a dent in the stacks of blocks on the back and under the run out table. Heck I even have a handful of turning blanks stacked up.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#11 posted 11-24-2021 04:46 AM

Awesome write up Eric. I agree 100% being the happy recipient of this fine swap package. I am in the process of rebuilding my shop. I once had many of these same tools, and have been building replacements. Luckily I still needed most of these tools. It’s like you read my mind. Great care was used in the making, and all do their intended purpose as they should.

I want to thank you for your fine work, and suggest all of those sitting on the sidelines to jump into a swap if able. Currently the 2022 Bowling League is forming up. It’s a BOWL MAKING swap, yes you can turn a bowl, but you can also use several hand tools to make a bowl. Lee Roy shows you can make a bowl on a TS. Furthermore using bowl making router bits you can router out a bowl, so using, or owning a lathe is not a requirement. Experience a swap, make friends, do something maybe you haven’t done before, but most of all have some fun doing woodworking. Just remember to register for the swap by. Sat 15 Jan 2022

-- Think safe, be safe

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#12 posted 11-24-2021 05:58 AM

Realy fine tool! Nice and precise….

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 11-24-2021 11:13 AM

The RealSteveN, thank you and I am glad you like them and will put them to use. As for the next swap, I’m already in. Have a few ideas, and hopefully make it a challenge.

Thanks Ivan.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#14 posted 11-24-2021 01:52 PM

Quality set of tools Eric. That awl is so cool leaving the drill bit in its most natural state. This is definitely tools worth having.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 11-24-2021 01:57 PM

Great work Eric! All good tools to have on hand and it’s even better that you ended up with a set for yourself too :-)

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

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