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Thread: Little things that are essential in the shop

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    Little things that are essential in the shop

    I had a hare brained idea for a little lighthearted fun and also some info for beginners on Consumables that are necessity.
    So here are the basics we all know I believe;
    Sand paper,drill bits,pin stock,belts,handle materials,blade steel,guard stock,epoxy, and acetone.
    Some of the little givens to the experienced are shop rags,Qtips,JB weld,wd40 or a light oil for hand sanding, true oil,danish oil for handles or wax.
    So please add on any I have missed.

    Walt 😆

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    Beyond those items you mentioned, I would add....

    **A Radio (for those long days of hand finishing)
    **A Coffee Pot ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    **And the most important.... an old cardboard box filled with Little Debbie snacks!
    OH! And one more thing that is absolutely necessary.....ya gotta have one or more dogs in the shop with you! (personally I have 3)

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    Digital caliper. Just a little $15 model to begin with. You'll wear it out you use it so much. Everything from checking pin thickness to find the right drill bit to marking thickness on blocks of wood for cutting scales. So much faster and easier (for we of aging eyes) than trying to read subdivisions on a steel rule.

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    Good idea for a thread, Walt. When I first started making knives all I had on the brain was a grinder and a drill press. I had no idea of the 100 little things that are either necessary or simply make life so much easier. It took me a year to find out where to even get stuff from. Veteran makers always say things like "take a scrap piece of leather and ..." and my brain would go "scrap" leather? People have leather laying around? People have "good" leather versus "scrap" leather? Where do you even buy leather from?

    Which is another funny thing about being a new maker. You don't have "scrap" anything. You count your nickels like they were sewer covers, and the thought of having anything extra just laying around sounds crazy. I used to get sick when I'd throw a belt in the trash.

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    My shop gnome, assists in mess making and losing much needed patterns and pieces.


    And the fair weather shop dog.
    She runs to mommy when it gets too cold for her 40 to 50.
    Walt 😆

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    Walt your really right about all the little things that we have laying around on the bench.

    Things like, files, sanding blocks/jigs, screw drivers of all shapes an sizes, sureface block( my first was a granite tile from Homedepo), rotary tool and 100rds of cutters, super bright arm lamp for the old eyes,

    my my head spins when I look at the knife room now with the bigger things I added like my heat treat oven, and surface grinder, 2X72 grinder.

    Erik

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    Wow, Ed is right on the coffee and music, must have them or I feel my work suffers,lol. I agree about shop rags, clean shop rags, you never have one when you need one, at least a clean one, haha. I think we need a rag fairy to follow us around with a fresh one.
    Love the pictures of the daughter and the dog Walt, l can't get my dog to stay in the shop, always on the move I guess.

    Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Bensinger View Post
    Wow, Ed is right on the coffee and music.
    Love the pictures of the daughter and the dog Walt, l can't get my dog to stay in the shop, always on the move I guess.

    Wayne
    I forgot coffee and music since those are usually a given at my house.
    Ever since my wife went back to work when our daughter was 9 mo old she has been in eye sight of me working and I forgot how she enjoys being w daddy. Now she is fascinated with the shiny blocks and neat bits of paper/cardboard i e my template I just set down. The funny thing about the dog is she was supposed to be the wife and kids dog an of course she attached herself to me.
    The lil black monster jumps in my lap when she gets the chance and so far I'm fortunate that I am not at a crucial point on a knife. Lol
    Walt 😆

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    I put a TV and Blu Ray player in the shop. It makes hand-sanding and other menial tasks much more enjoyable. I put in a movie I've seen several times, or one that doesn't have a deep plot.

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