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.
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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!
I’ve got to admit I watch more than my share of YouTube videos related to tools, machining, woodworking etc. and Clickspring is an absolute stand out. If you are reading this and you haven’t checked out his channel do yourself a favor and go watch. Some other favorites: Frank Howarth, Ox Tool (Tom Lipton), Ron Paulk and if you ever wanted to know about electric motors check out “Learn Engineering”
My hobby is woodworking, but I have designs on learning how to weld and do some simple machining. That video is great and gives me hope that I’ll be able to pick up some metalworking skills. Thanks for posting!
Not exactly DIY!
Well, he did make it himself…
I changed the title from this morning, which started with “Make Your Own Tools.” Calling it a DIY tool sounded better and made sense at the time. Do you have a better idea for a more accurate headline?
The DIY one would be to use a hand pin vise like this one
or an Xacto handle with cross-shaped clamp
with a needle.
You can bake your own cake with cake mix, or by scratch. I don’t see how this is much different. Still DIY, although maybe in a more extreme sense.
Not exactly tool making, but here are my slightly related favorite channels.
Starting with the most fascinating one that I have found in a long time. It is about fabricating prototypes and machining basics (if you can consider a waterjet tool somehow accessible). Even though he uses a lot of machinery that the average Joe might not have access to, the concepts and principles are still great for the average DIY/Tinkerer.
I love the AvE channel for his tool disassembly videos. His style is hilarious (not at all politically correct) and seeing how some tools are built on the inside is eye opening.
Izzy Swan for crazy woodworking jigs and contraptions
Matthias for more wooden jigs, wooden gears and making a wood table saw or band saw just because he wanted to see if it could be done.
Ronald Walters – more wood gears and contraptions and a wooden dust cyclone
Keith Rucker – vintage machinery
Mr Pete – Tubalcain – machinery
I will be adding clickspring today.