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Workshop Mastery with Jimmy DiResta by John Baichtal, Jimmy DiResta

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Chapter 7. Building Your Own Tools

I love using tools, but also making them, restoring old ones, and modifying them to work better. There are so many tools in my workshop that I have made better in some way. In some cases I’ll take an unwanted old tool and make it completely different, like the machete project from Chapter 2. In other cases, I combine two tools into one, like the Which Blade 1 seen in Figure 7-1.

Figure 7-1. The Which Blade 1 mashes up a fixed-blade knife and a multitool

In this chapter I’ll share some of my favorite modified tools, and then will guide you step by step through five fun projects: creating an aluminum handle for ...

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