||A traveler is used for measuring lengths and is particularly handy for
measuring odd shapes and curves. The one featured this month is made to
measure feet and inches. The design on the left and the designs featured
on the "variations" page combine form and function to create
tools that exemplify hand-made quality.
|Slot-punched holes must be made in the exact center of the stock. Punching
them in round stock is especially difficult without some way of accurately
starting the slot punch. This tool, featured in the December issue, ensures
exact alignment, resulting in consistently centered holes.
||When making slot-punched holes, allowance needs to be made for shrinkage.
It’s often difficult to get exact spacing because of this. If too
far apart, upset the stock between the holes. if too close together, use
a stock stretcher. Two are featured in issue 112.
|Most designs are first drawn on paper and then taken to the shop where
they are often used as a full-size guide for work in progress. The problem
with using paper is that it burns and parts can’t be compared to
them while working hot. The solution is to make the drawing directly on
a piece of steel using soapstone, white or silver colored pencil or white
charcoal pencil, or transfer the image using one of the three methods shown
||Anvils anyone? ToolCrib travels to the Fall Blacksmith's Association
of Missouri meeting at Andrew MacDonald's new shop this month where he
has spent eight years buying equipment for his new shop. These anvils are
just the tip of the iceberg.