Welcome to the Lair
of Dr. Frankentool
It's not just a verb. It's an adventure.
This area will feature modifications/improvisations/improvements to various metalworking tools, as well as various manuals or other tidbits that I've collected over the years.
(Along with a few good stories.)
These modifications are inspired by my own needs, and rely on tools you may not have. I'm just sharing the knowledge.
Any use you choose to make of this information is solely at your own risk. These are not beginner projects, many of them aren't even projects. They're just things I've disovered.
Resistance is futile.
Making your own jeweler's bench.
(the infamous Frankenbench plans.)
Improving the ergonomics of your jeweler's saw
Fixing a jeweler's saw with stripped threads.
Making your own horn mallets
How to choose a good chasing hammer
How to re-align your rolling mill
Making a quick-change toolholder for a Bonny Doon hydraulic press
Making a sieve to quickly sort your granulation granules
A review of the PUK 3 Pro+ welder
They may be found here
Why Brian isn't Blind,
Or an ode to safety glasses
The Saga of Sara-Lil
Tool scrounging in frozen Detroit...
Granny & the Anvil of Doom
It generally deals with issues relating to metalsmithing that don't quite fit here.
Blogtalk Radio Interview
Jay Whaley interviewed me on his blogtalk radio program in July of 2009, before a workshop I gave on Korean style damascene.