Sunday, April 6, 2014

Gerber Crucial Review Update

I bought the Gerber Crucial for myself about two years ago. At the time, I was searching for a multi-tool that was fairly compact and had the ability to deploy most, if not all, of the tools without fully opening the tool. My intent was to EDC (every-day carry) it. On paper, the Crucial fit my needs; however, I only found myself carrying it on and off.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

TSA to Allow Pocket Knives on Planes

The Transportation Security Administration, you know, those guys that make you take off your shoes at airports and don't have the common decency to at least put a rug down, has some good news for handymen and women today. Starting April 25th, they'll allow small pocket knives in carry-on luggage on planes. Here is a link to their press release.


Monday, March 4, 2013

DIY Wooden Sunglasses

I'm generally the kind of person who takes good care of their things, except all bets are off with sunglasses. That's why I'm a big fan of cheap ones. My usual go-to sunglasses are actually "safety shades" as I like to call them. They can be found at the local big box home improvement store for $5-10.  Of course, they aren't very stylish.

I recently bought a couple pair of "aviator-style" sunglasses from Amazon for just a couple bucks each. From a distance, a long distance, these could be passable as stylish... I guess; however, I wanted to replace some of the cheap plastic on them with wood. Read on to see how I did it.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sipik SK68 LED Flashlight Mod

I've been interested in LED flashlights for a while now. It was about a year and a half ago that I got my first high-power LED flashlight, meaning, it doesn't use multiple 5mm LEDs like the previous lights I've featured here on my blog (see my LED flashlight roundup for those). These newer lights are much more powerful and use a single LED of a different variety.

The Sipik SK68 is widely regarded as a budget light. In fact, you can get it for less than $10; however, that doesn't mean that it's poor quality. I'd say it's one of the best "bang for your buck" lights out there right now. I actually own a few of them. So, it wasn't long before I started tinkering and modifying them.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Old Stanley No. H1249 Hand Plane

The last time I visited home, I mentioned to my dad how I had recently helped some friends install trim for a couple of windows. I told him the job would have been a lot easier if I had a hand plane to make fine-tuned adjustments to the fit of the trim. With that, he jumped up and ran out to the garage to give me this old plane he no longer had a use for.