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10+ Christmas Gift Ideas for the Machinist or Hobby Metalworker

Every year my wife struggles to think of what to get me for the holidays. So this year I decided to give her a wish-list of tools in various price ranges. That way no matter what gift(s) she put under the tree, we both knew they would be something I would use and enjoy. Then it occurred to me that …

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The “Captive Nut” – a Fun Puzzle For The Kids (or the Kid At Heart).

I’m sure many of you have already seen the “captive nut” in one form or another. I came across it a few years ago and forgot all about it until it showed up on the forum recently. Here’s Gareth Bell’s Captive Nut: And here’s another version by Jerry: It’s a great project for the beginner for a couple of reasons, …

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Fun Gift Idea for a Machinist’s Wife – Spring Retaining Ring Earrings

This isn’t exactly the kind of project I intend to regularly promote on this site, but I saw these earrings today and I cracked up. I called my wife over and she loved them. So “simple and elegant” is how she described them. She had no idea that the earrings were made from re-purposed spring retaining rings. So I thought …

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