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Yes, hello. I’ve moved to a new hosting account and rushed the info and images that is onto the new server.

Amazon advertising kicked me off while I was living out in the countryside of Montana for not confirming some email link within a specified time.

Previously paid for it’s own hosting.. thank you visitors.

Now, there is no advertising but there are tons of links for me to clean up. Hopefully I can get the images and articles migrated successfully.

As always, I hope you find some valuable information here. Cheers.


Documenting a tool on it’s way out of my shop. Rare as it is, I occasionally part with a tool. I decided to sell this micrometer because I haven’t reached for it in 10 years.

Starrett Micrometer #230


By no form of measure am I considered to have, use or embrace “engineering” skills. I recently bought a digital dial caliper to measure small things and I still can’t get an accurate reading on teeny tiny watch parts and whatnot. So, in the experience column we’re going to have to put none. Ok, ok.. every guy with a shop as complete as mine has and uses a micrometer from time to time. Thing about this Starrett No. 230 Micrometer.. I use a much older micrometer made by Brown & Sharpe mfg. that came in a L.S. Starrett velvet lined case.

Continue reading STARRETT NO. 230 MICROMETER 0-1″ .0001″ WITH BOX

Fini Biscout Air Compressor Revisited

Tool: Fini Biscout Air Compressor – Revisited


I’ve already added my Fini Biscout Air Compressor to In that listing, I praised this  little compressor for running 20 years with no maintenance. A seeming anomaly in the modern world of motorized tools.

A year after I left my little compressor outside for the moth of January, I decided to restore it only to find it works perfectly… now 23 years ~ no maintenance~!!!

Hurricane Sandy split a large tree, half of which fell on that fateful October. The other half waited until 21 December, 2012 before it crushed a portion of my neighbor’s house. I used my trustworthy Fini Biscout to help reassemble the house in time for Santa’s visit. Job well done but.. cut huge tree out of bedroom and rebuild 25% of a house in two days must have frazzled my brain because I left my Fini Biscout compressor on that job site. …from 24 Dec… until I found it a moon later.. through many snow and rain storms. It was dead. Continue reading Fini Biscout Air Compressor Revisited

Sorry Makita, I really wanted to like my Makita LS1013FL saw

I tried to love my Makita LS1013FL but it’s done broke and a bugger to boot. Whatever that means.

I haven’t visited my own in a while. I use tools everyday. One of my favorite tools is my pocket knife. I lost my two everyday knives and feel the loss everyday. Anyway, I’m revisiting the Makita LS1013FL which I previously talked about here on

While I still love the motor.. it’s smooth start and finish… the easy push-pull …up and down… and side to side… But WHAT THE HELL WAS MAKITA THINKING when they put the angle indicator at the fence?


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A Starrett Dial Bore Gauge… What is this tool?

A site visitor named Christopher wrote to me asking for information on this Starrett tool:

Yes I am a machinist in training been involved in lots of cnc maching some manual for 5 years now and have found a id mic or bore gage with very sharp points just need to have an idea what it really is because it seems to do very large diameters but I cant really use it do to I can not scratch my parts all I know is the owner used to be a diesel mechanic if you can help me out it will be much appreciated… …here are some pics that I have of this mint condition dial bore gage hope this helps me out much appreciated been looking for a website for this for a while now… thank you very much

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Any ideas on this Starrett dial bore gauge; comment below, thanks.

North Brothers Yankee Handyman No. 133H

Tool: Yankee Handyman No. 133H, North Brothers Manufacturing Company

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As usual, before I write about a tool on, I do a bit of online research to see what other’s are saying. Thanks to Ron’s Woodshop, I learned a little about the number system with this old Yankee driver. If Ron is correct, the number 1 in the model No. 133 indicates this driver has a spring. So, it is a model 33 with a spring, making it No. 133H.
I do recommend checking out Ron’s page on Yankee drivers solely for the video at the end where, neglecting to pre-drill, he struggles to drive screws into a board with two Yankee drivers. I watched the video because it says for the “bloody-minded” but I never did see him rip any skin. Oh well, I don’t really like horror movies anyway and I’ve ripped more skin in a year than the average human does in a decade.  Continue reading North Brothers Yankee Handyman No. 133H

M. Klein & Sons Lineman’s Plier No. 201-8NE

Tool: M. Klein & Sons Lineman’s Plier No. 201-8NE

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Shortly after I reviewed the 2011 Klein-Kurve Wire Stripper I was in my shop cleaning up and clearing out some tools I haven’t used in a while when I came across my old, and I mean really old, Klein side cutters. This pair of M Klein & Sons lineman’s pliers I inherited decades ago.


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Bahco Detail Carbide Scraper

Tool: Bahco Triangle Detail Scraper

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I really like this little scraper. It’s a dangerous little beast and can cut through most finishes, if not most materials. I’m certain if Carry Underwood dug the Bahco scraper into the side of her boyfriend’s suped-up 4-wheel drive it would have been irreparable.

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Klein 11055 Klein-Kurve Wire Stripper

Tool: Klein 11055 Klein-Kurve Wire Stripper

As a carpenter, my job includes a little of everything but most of the wire pulling, stripping and connecting on a job site is left to the electricians. As a handyman, though, the tasks of the electrician are commonplace and buying the correct tool for a job increases one’s efficiency and productivity.

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The little things

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When I’m not reaching for a pencil I’m likely to be reaching for one of the little tools sitting on a slice of reclaimed mahogany that I use more than all the tools on Oddly enough, I only bought a few of them.

It’s interesting how some of the tools I appreciate the most I didn’t anticipate owning. Certain tools, like the odd-shaped blade with the dark wood handle, find their way into your shop and take a favorite spot.

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