Skates and a scratch awl
I made aluminum "skates" for the moving-table for the "7th" last night and installed them. I also made the drive bearing for the lead-screw out of PVC and aluminum and installed it also. Next I need to make the threaded-rod axles for the roller-bearings and install them into the table. After that, the table will be ready for mounting into the machine.
I also received my second tool from Blue Spruce Tool Works yesterday (first one was a marking knife). It is a hand-turned scratch awl made out of cocobolo wood. It is beautiful. Perfect balance and shape and great workmanship.
I wanted to make one of these for myself, but the project list was too long already and I already knew that Dave Jeske’s work was excellent and well-priced. Hightly recommended.
There is nothing like working with finely handmade tools. They make me strive to improve my own work to match.
I also want to try a bird-cage awl soon for piercing rather than marking. I may make that one (if I get time), or I may order another one from Dave and sharpen it into the bird-cage shape.