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  • nedchurch commented on ffrisell's instructable DIY Stacked Leather Handle Bowie Knife1 week ago
    DIY Stacked Leather Handle Bowie Knife

    Great looking handle! The first thing I thought of when I saw it was my old Estwing hammer that my dad gave me 40 years ago. It had the leather handle but that has now disintegrated. I am thinking this is the perfect solution to restore what was a very fine, tough as nails, well balanced hammer. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  • Remove Seized & Stripped Screws from Motorcycle Engine Covers

    Great presentation. Good point about the JIS heads, they are a real pain. I've done 50 years of restoration on British and Japanese bikes and just about every one of them has had seized up screws in the aluminium casings. I might suggest that after you have tried the impact driver that you go straight to screw extractors (Step 7) while there is still a nicely centred starter hole in the head of the screw. If you drill slightly off centre you will end up with a snapped off screw or worse still damage from drilling into the thread in the casing. Then you will end up drilling the thread out and using coils which is a lot more work. I always replace with stainless Allen head or if it has to be authentic like a classic restoration use stainless Phillips head instead of the old cadmium plated...see more »Great presentation. Good point about the JIS heads, they are a real pain. I've done 50 years of restoration on British and Japanese bikes and just about every one of them has had seized up screws in the aluminium casings. I might suggest that after you have tried the impact driver that you go straight to screw extractors (Step 7) while there is still a nicely centred starter hole in the head of the screw. If you drill slightly off centre you will end up with a snapped off screw or worse still damage from drilling into the thread in the casing. Then you will end up drilling the thread out and using coils which is a lot more work. I always replace with stainless Allen head or if it has to be authentic like a classic restoration use stainless Phillips head instead of the old cadmium plated stuff.

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