Over at Make, there’s a new post and video about how to make your own stylish brass-handled metal scriber. While I don’t know how well a sewing needle would hold up to heavy use, you could always swap it for a commercial replaceable scribing tip insert.
The video was produced by Clickspring, and after watching the video I’m definitely going to follow their channel closely. Looking at Clickspring’s video list, he made some other tool-making videos.
I really liked the step-by-step style of the video, and was pleased to see that they used a Sherline lathe to turn the scribe handle from brass bar stock. Most machining videos I’ve seen feature larger or much more expensive metal lathes, which sometimes makes operations hard to follow.
It’s easy to scale up from a Sherline lathe, than to scale down to a Sherline. So even if you’ve got a larger lathe, you might still find this video helpful or interesting.
The video was cut down to just 10 minutes. While this would sometimes mean 30 seconds of informative and entertaining machining and tool-making content and 9-1/2 minutes of boring stuff (sometimes literally if a drill bit is involved – haha!), that isn’t the case here. Don’t start the video unless you’ve got the full 10 minutes to devote to it.
Do you know of any other great tool-making videos, tutorials, or Instructables? Please let me know so that I could consider sharing it in a post!