Starting a thread for simpler projects than the @Chainmaildave’s planned punch and die set.
I’ve ordered 10 tungsten carbide loose ball bearings (4mm) for making brass spinning tops. Maybe not as pretty as @Krankin’s ruby bearing, but it should actually have lower friction. Which seems insane. Those should arrive in late February.
I picked up a Wasserman ink cartridge at Staples. I’m going to build a prototype of a brass pen around it. I already have suitable bar stock for that. I’ve got some knurling wheels, but need to build a fixture for them. I’m currently pulling dimensions from https://refillfinder.com/pages/refill-size-guide but I’ll measure the actual refill soon and see where I can go from there. I’ve got some drawings started, but will have to figure out how I want to make the pen retractable. Something simple and sturdy would be nice.
I know @kile is interested in doing a lumber marking knife. I think I’d be tempted to use this blade in a machined handle: https://www.amazon.ca/Stanley-5901B-Blades-Straight-0-11-221/dp/B0001IW5FO/ref=pd_sim_469_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=0XNTMZZ8STX3SQN64P0Q Though we could certainly go hardcore and make a blade from scratch.
I’d also love to make up some hex broaches and do some very well made precision screwdriver kits. Something inspired by this kit maybe: http://www.scoutleatherco.com/product/hex-bit-driver-tool-roll
Feel free to pitch your simple ideas here. I’m looking to do some of the following simple operations:
- Turning to size
- Facing to length
- Drilling and boring a hole
- Taper turning
- Press Fitted parts