Not near as fancy as a lot of others- but I have a couple of interesting tools to show.
I’m fortunate that my husband likes to restore tools and he’s done a couple for my bench
This is the center of my bench & my main work area. You can see the exhaust hood over my soldering area. The pipe has 2 internal fans that pull the exhaust through a charcoal filter that is up on the shelf.
You can also see the torch holder with my old Prest-o-lite torch, which allows me to securely clip the torch while it’s still burning if I need to set it down to re-position something. Basically it’s just a metal broom clip fastened to a piece of steel strap & angled to keep the torch tip under the hood.
You can see I have a lot of hammers & pliers. The pliers are mostly old and refurbished.
But also some new ones.
It’s not quite as thin as the old type ignition files that I like - but better quality.
My Red Wing buffer is heavily used machine. And the photo shows a wheel that I like from Rio Grande.
I have a review of this wheel on Rio Grande’s site that explains what we did to modify the hub for a good fit on a tapered spindle .
One nice thing that we did was make a hinged surround for the buffer from old plexiglass display shelves. What that does besides helping keep the bench clean, is that you can take the whole surround to the sink after using compounds & just wash it off. Highly recommend that.
My scroll saw is a Walker Turner from the 1930’s, that was re-built by my husband & it has very good clamps for pin less blades- the same type for the hand saw. He also made me a zero clearance for it form Masonite.
I also have an aquarium air pump to gently blow the clips away from the cut line.
The saw is geared down to run at a lower speed & it’s very controllable with a foot pedal on and off switch.
The north end of my bench shows my drill presses , rolling mill and throat-less shear (among other things)
The big drill press is a leather belt driven, “Burke” from the 1920’s ( another husband restored tool ) . I guess you can tell I really like old tools
The little drill press is a Chinese one ( I think Rio Grande sells this one also ) - it’s good for very small drill bits, since it runs at very high speed & pretty portable to move around the bench - but it doesn’t have the power for larger holes like the Burke does.
This old tool is a prize and I’m probably one of the few kids on the block with one- and sort of commandeered it from my husband. It’s a Pratt & Whitney " Keller Flex" Flex shaft, that my husband rebuilt with all new bearings & adapted a Foredom shaft to it , so I can use modern hand pieces. It lives on a shelf above the bench, and I switch it on and off with a brass pull rod.
One nice feature is that I can set it for a specific speed to use with certain flap wheels, etc that shouldn’t be used beyond the design speed.
My last and possibly most favorite is my old jewelers saw - a present from my husband.
That I think he found completely rusted many years ago in New England.
I don’t know it’s origin but it’s very old and made of very high quality steel. And it has a feature that is sadly lacking on what seems like most modern saws - the upper blade clamp is adjustable with a wing nut for perfectly tensioning the blade.
It also means I can use any length blade.
That’s my show and tell - thanks for looking,
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