More Jewelry In A Box

Something else I found while sorting stuff out.

The first one was almost done when I put it away God knows how long ago, and I had to use little bitty hand files to make the hole in the middle.

Like you can’t tell.

No handles on the files either, my hands are sore now.

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It works though.

This next one was the reason I made that one in the first place. It was a down and dirty quick solution to hold a needle dick bug fucker of a tap on some project I was working on at the time.

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Pretty simple really, just buy a barrel nut and two corresponding bolts, drill a hole in the middle of the nut big enough for the end of the tap, thread two bolts in and pinch the flats on the end of the tap.

Done.

I have a small tap wrench but the tap I was using at the time was too small for it even.

I’m talking dinky.

The one in the pictures is just one I dug out of my tool box.

It worked so I kept it around and it wound up in a box full of crap when I scraped a bunch of shit off the top of my work bench to make some room.

I have several little boxes and cans full of stuff that I have scraped off my work bench over time like that. It is a pain in the ass going through them because most of it is just junk but every once in a while a little something catches the light just right and lets off a little sparkle.

7 thoughts on “More Jewelry In A Box

  1. Necessity being the mother of invention, you’re right up there on the African Engineering list, Phil.
    Yes, I said it…

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  2. The proper term for kludge tool making is “Advanced Retrofit’. I have boxes full of hand made tools and jigs from when I was in the tool and die trade years ago. I have a hard time tossing a hand made tool, even a now useless one, simply because I know it had a purpose at one time. Also, the day after I toss it, I need it and have to make another one. Every. Single.Time.

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  3. Shit!
    Wish I’d seen this 24 hour ago.
    I ended up hammering a BFN onto a Heli-Coil tap to use in a tight spot.
    It worked. but now the nut won’t come off.

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    • I ended up hammering a 1/4″ extension bar into a Schrader Valve removal tool so I could get the valve out because it was leaking in my RV’s A/C compressor pump, and you can rest assured I’ll get it back out. The valve removal tool won’t survive the experience, either.

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