Sunday, December 27, 2009


Not wired yet. Details later!


  1. Nice!

    Big improvement over your previous shop.

  2. Is this the party to whom I am speaking?

  3. Pennsylvania 6-5000 :)

    I miss my land line and the loud ringers on my old phones :(

  4. Very tidy setup. Almost too pretty to use. Scratch that. It's begging to be used.

    Can POTS still take a pulse dial? I guess it depends on the equipment at the CO.

    Where's the bench vice? Shouldn't there be a vice of some kind, somewhere?

  5. I just noticed your screwdrivers....what's with the extra wide flat part of the blade right by the handle?
    I've seen and used LOTS of strange looking tools in my time, but never something like those.

  6. Dr. Jim: these big drivers with the flat section of the blade are cabinetmaker's screwdrivers, made to a very old pattern and with a thinner tip for a given width than mechanic's drivers; they fit old-type woodscrews. The wide section is both traditional and practical: you can use a wrench on it for more torque. Handles are oval in dross-section, too, so you get a good grip and they are less likely to roll away. Ditto the two tank screwdrivers at the far-left of the next pegboard over, forged in one piece end-to end; the handle is a pair of scales like a semiauto grip.

    Sam, you can't even see the workbench in this image; the tool wall is at 90 degrees to the bench..which, sadly, is still piled high. It will have my big woodworker's vise flush to the benchtop, which holds a machinist's vise when needed. Plus there will be dog-holes in the bench top, a topic on which I should expound when I drill 'em. Handy gadgets!

    Phone company hereabouts will still read pulse and if ever not...there's gadgets to do that translation, tiny gadgets that can live right in the phone.

  7. Very interesting. I figured the wide shank under the handle was maybe a wrench grip, but wasn't sure.
    I bought a set of el-cheapo screwdrivers from Harbor Freight the other day for the "Tool Drawer" in the kitchen. They were a 100% knock-off of Snap-On, right down to the little hex where the handle fits the shaft!
    The hex can come in handy when you need a little "Torque Amplification" to bust loose a stubborn screw.

  8. My beech-handled German drivers have hex shanks like that, too -- and the shaft runs full length of the grip! Both features are very handy.