The last section of the west wall has an all new look. I took down all
the old peg-board that was above my workbench and replaced it (and added
some to this area as well) with this stuff that had the silver color all ready on it.
And it's nice and easy to clean too. The old school wooden creeper was
given to me by my mom back in the 70's while I was building my Camaro. I didn't use it much back then
but found it very handy while I was building my hot rod this time around. If I ever do another
car project, I know right where it is so I can use it again.
I added a few things that I use frequently and it's been
very handy so far (which is the stuff right below the creeper). It seems like
their are always a few tools that you use more than others so this was a
perfect place for them.
The tools that you see at the top right are things I made while I was
in High School metal shop class. I took shop the whole time I was in
High School and had a good time while learning how to work with my
hands. Little did I know then I would do this for a living later in
Let's take a trip back in time and I'll tell you a little bit about
them. The piece on top painted red is made out of aluminum and was
casted by me. We had a foundry that we used to make aluminum and brass
sand castings and this was a required project in your first year of
shop. It says "Yamaha, it's a better machine" on it. Yeah, I use to ride
dirt bikes back then and as you might have guessed, it was a Yamaha. Under that is a chisel that has
been hammer forged and heat treated. I've used it many times and it
works great. Next we have a C-clamp that is made up of many pieces of
steel and I won an award with it. The small item under that is a center
punch which has been knurled in the center and it's been heat treated too.
It happens to be my favorite center punch out of all the ones I own and
gets used frequently. To
the right of that is a hammer that has brass on one end and plastic on
the other. The handle has been knurled and is screwed into the head. The
larger one in the middle is a one pound sledge. I didn't make the wooden
handle for it though. The smaller hammer is a ball peen style and has a
red and clear plastic handle. The handle is held on by an aluminum
threaded cap and the head screws on to the handle. Last but not least is
a flat blade screwdriver. The steel blade again has been hammer forged,
heat treated and the handle is made out of aluminum. By using an
indexing head, the handle has been fluted with a 1/4" ball end mill so
you can grip it.
When I would come home from school with a finished project, I gave
them all to my mom and being the supporting mother that she was, she told
me how nice they looked. As the years had past between then and now, I
had forgotten all about them. But as luck would have it, she had saved
some of them and gave them back to me about five years ago, right before
she passed away. I couldn't
believe it when I first saw them and thanked her for saving those little
bits of metal that I made for her back then.