Prazi Blades

I don’t do much wood work… mostly cuz I suck at it, but I have a buddy that’s a carpenter. Yesterday, I stopped by his joint and watched him build some hifalutin’ shelving system with open joints that was designed for a super modern house. Because of the open joints, his plywood (some crazy expensive material that I had never heard of) cuts had to be razor accurate. So what did he use?

The first and probably most important tool he was using for the job was a Festool circle saw. I’ve seen these in action before and they are simply gorgeous in looks and use. If I were a wood guy, you couldn’t stop me from owning one.

But, another little tool he had that I had never seen before were these little razor blade shaped pieces of carbon. He had them mounted in a typical razor blade handle and then used them as marking pencils against a straight edge. I didn’t wanna seem like a dumb ass, so I pretended I knew what they were all about and then went home and fired up google.

Prazi Accutrax Pencil Blade

Huh. Who knew?

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I’m sure the Speed Spinner has been written about before on the forum, but thought I would post mine for the hell of it… They pop up on eBay fairly regularly where they go for pretty insane money – sometimes as much as $200 for a really nice and well kept example. But, I got lucky. I found one at a local pawn shop for $25.

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How To Chose The Tools You Need In 1957

This article was featured in the July, 1957 issue of Rod Builder & Customizer Magazine. I thought you guys would find it as fun to read as I did, so here it is…

Enjoy:

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Anyone have any experience with PB Swiss?

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The Atomic Sign

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