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What was the last tool that you MADE?
#1375096 Fri Aug 28 2020 03:49 AM
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52Carl Offline OP
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A bit of a spin on another thread.
I needed a hole saw to cut a 5" hole in a rather thick piece of sheet metal for the base of an oil bath air filter to fit on a Carter Thermoquad.
Harbor Freight sells one, but the "carbide" cutters are junk. I even tried to harden them to no avail.
So i scratched my head for a minute or so and got the idea to make my own carbide tipped cutters. I had an extra circular saw blade in my pointless inventory, so I cut a couple of the teeth and shaped them to fit the HF hole saw bit holders.
I hope my pic tells the story better.
The hole saw is in the vice. See the yellow carbide tipped cutters.
In the background you can see the circular saw blade with 2 missing teeth.
Also in the background you can see the finished product.

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Re: What was the last tool that you MADE?
52Carl #1375102 Fri Aug 28 2020 04:15 AM
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Being a retired manual machinist, I have made tools my whole working career.
And being a Cobbologist as long as I can remember, I don't remember the last tool I made.
Or the first!

Are you asking for cutting tools, pulling tools or anything you cobbed up to get a job done?
Don

Edit: By the way, looking at the tool you Cobbed up and it worked, you are a true Cobbologist!

Last edited by 2-Ton; Fri Aug 28 2020 04:23 AM.

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Re: What was the last tool that you MADE?
52Carl #1375105 Fri Aug 28 2020 05:05 AM
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A teacher, but always an apprentice.
I had to build this 38” long, flat bar, snipe, screwdriver, thing a ma jig to remove the adjuster plug on an ‘80s Saginaw power steering box. Even with the extra leverage it was still a hard grunt to back that bugger out. This tool was the 3rd attempt that night.

Edit: wrong photo link:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Bp6q7EnAARx3W3Ly5

Last edited by Fox; Sat Oct 03 2020 03:51 AM.

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Re: What was the last tool that you MADE?
52Carl #1375108 Fri Aug 28 2020 07:05 AM
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Does my rotisserie count?
How about my stretcher for fixing the bumper splash apron?
Lots more stuff. Not necessarily for Stovebolts, but like Don, I've been building tools for years.
By the way Carl, Nice Job. thumbs_up

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Last edited by klhansen; Fri Aug 28 2020 07:06 AM.

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Re: What was the last tool that you MADE?
52Carl #1375386 Mon Aug 31 2020 02:21 AM
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Here's another one. This is what I use to remove 70 year old clutch head screws. The air hammer provides absolutely zero rotational force. The handle on the modified tool bit is slowly moved back and forth by hand while the air hammer vibrates the rust accumulation loose. This tool works amazingly well without damaging the head or the threads of the fastener.

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Re: What was the last tool that you MADE?
52Carl #1375398 Mon Aug 31 2020 10:58 AM
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A question often asked, "method to remove stuck brake drum." A piece of scrap and long puller arms. Adjust to width of drum, Install until firm, lubricate, knock drum with hammer, go away for 4 hrs, tighten, repeat and then go to bed. Next morning drum is on the floor.
Not cosmic, but it has worked when needed.

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Re: What was the last tool that you MADE?
52Carl #1375421 Mon Aug 31 2020 05:31 PM
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I really didn't make it, but I re-purposed a precision tool that my father made while working at Boeing. It is a rectangular piece of steel with several holes in it. I put it in my vise and used a flat edge to tighten rivets.


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Re: What was the last tool that you MADE?
52Carl #1375458 Tue Sep 01 2020 01:27 AM
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Here is another one. It is for holding the yoke in place while tightening or loosening the pinion nut on a 12 bolt GM rear end.
It doubles as a zombie bludgeoner, should that problem ever arise.

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Re: What was the last tool that you MADE?
52Carl #1375547 Wed Sep 02 2020 12:22 AM
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I just made a tool to remove and reinstall the input shaft bearing retaining nut on a SM-318 transmission. I didn’t have any 1/8” plate wide enough, so I welded 2 pieces of 1/8 by 1-1/2“ flat bar together. I have a milling attachment for my lathe and used it to cut the jaws of the wrench. It worked perfectly!

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Re: What was the last tool that you MADE?
Phak1 #1375551 Wed Sep 02 2020 01:15 AM
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52Carl Offline OP
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Originally Posted by Phak1
I just made a tool to remove and reinstall the input shaft bearing retaining nut on a SM-318 transmission. I didn’t have any 1/8” plate wide enough, so I welded 2 pieces of 1/8 by 1-1/2“ flat bar together. I have a milling attachment for my lathe and used it to cut the jaws of the wrench. It worked perfectly!
Nice tool, but way too blunt for wielding at zombies. I guess you could sharpen the dogleg if you have time to do it before the apocalypse. smile

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