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Esslinger currently has the GRS Benchmate Basic Package on sale for $185.00.

The GRS Benchmate is a mounted ring holder that allows ergonomic positioning of a ring clamp for setting stones, engraving and other operations. The basis of the system is a tapered dovetail plate that is attached to the front of a jewelers bench. The mount slips on and locks in place in seconds. The height is somewhat adjustable and the ring clamp is fully adjustable so it can be mounted plumb or at an angle. The ring clamp swivels in the holder as well allowing access to every side of the ring settings.

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(TV Tonight, Tuesday, February 9th, 2010) A new Dirty Jobs retrospective also brings us to what promises to be truly nasty visit to a bone black, or bone charcoal, factory. There’s also a new Howe & Howe.

All times are central

  • Deconstruction: Lumber (Discovery, 5:00 pm)
  • Holmes on Homes: Frozen Assets (HGTV, 5:00 pm)
  • Tank Overhaul: The Sherman (Military, 5:00 pm)
  • Machinery of the Past (RFD-TV, 5:00 pm)
  • Dirty Jobs: Turkey Inseminator (Discovery, 6:00 pm)
  • Tank Overhaul: The Hellcat (Military, 6:00 pm)
  • Ask This Old House: Mature Tree, Noisy Heating System (DIY, 6:30 pm)
  • Ask This Old House: Water Saving Toilet, In-Ground Sprinkler System (DIY, 7:00 pm)
  • Dirty Jobs: Concrete Finisher (Discovery, 7:00 pm)
  • Dirty Jobs: Bone Black (Discovery, 8:00 pm) NEW
  • Howe & Howe Tech: Badger Resurrection (Discovery, 9:00 pm) NEW
 

I received an email from a complete stranger asking if I could help source some replacement knockdown hardware for a “Scandinavian bed.” She has 4 of the 8 sets she needs to put it back together but couldn’t find replacements anywhere. The store she bought it from over a decade ago moved and threw out all their paperwork and older hardware (boo on them!).

This is the picture she sent me. She said in her email: “The longest piece is 1 3/4 inches long, the threaded portion of which is 1/4” diameter. The wide, ribbed piece is stamped “BREV N B38420″ on the top. That piece has a threaded hole, 3/8″ in diameter, drilled through its bottom. The short, stubby threaded piece, also 3/8″ diameter, fits that hole.”

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My wife uses a small, cheap, cast iron anvil for hammering our wire jewelry. After a while, being unhardened, the anvil surface ends up horribly dinged. Yes, I’ve begged her to use a steel bench block, but she claims this is what works for her and I’m not going to argue. I haven’t found a quality anvil in this form factor.

So it was off to my beater of a Boyar-Schultz 612 surface grinder. I bought it for $250 at an auction, and as you can see, most of the precision has leaked out of it. For simple surfacing jobs it works well. I ground the surface of the magnetic chuck in place so it’s parallel to the travel of the x-axis slide.

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(TV Tonight, Monday, February 8th, 2010) We get a new Top Gear tonight, with cheap cars and Rally driving legend Ken Block.

All times are central

  • Deconstruction: Down the Drain (DIY, 5:00 pm)
  • Trains & Locomotives (RFD-TV, 5:00 pm)
  • MythBusters: Underwater Car (Discovery, 6:00 pm)
  • Ask This Old House: Collapsing Garage Roof; Installing a Dry Well (DIY, 6:30 pm)
  • Top Gear: Season 13 Ep. 3 (BBC America, 7:00 pm) NEW
  • Ask This Old House: Special Projects for Kids: Building a Vegetable Garden; Constructing a Mini-Golf (DIY, 7:00 pm)
  • MythBusters: Crash and Burn (Discovery, 7:00 pm)
  • American Chopper: Jr/Sr Military Tribute Bikes 1 (Military, 7:00 pm)
  • Top Gear: Season 13 Ep. 2 (BBC America, 8:00 pm)
  • MythBusters: Dumpster Diving (Discovery, 8:00 pm)
  • American Chopper: Jr/Sr Military Tribute Bikes 2 (Military, 8:00 pm)
  • MythBusters: Seesaw Saga (Discovery, 9:00 pm)
  • American Chopper: Jet Bike (Military, 9:00 pm)
 

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(TV Tonight, Sunday, February 7th, 2010) Apparently there’s some sort of popular sporting event happening today. So what you get are reruns of thematic rearrangements of How It’s Made.

All times are central

  • How It’s Made: Remix: Drinks (Science, 5:00 pm)
  • American Chopper: Iowa Farm Bureau Bike 1 (Green, 5:00 pm)
  • How It’s Made: Remix: Breakfast (Science, 5:30 pm)
  • How It’s Made: Remix: Green (Science, 6:00 pm)
  • How It’s Made: Remix: Musical Instruments (Science, 6:30 pm)
  • How It’s Made: Remix: Automotive (Science, 7:00 pm)
  • How It’s Made: Remix: Boats (Science, 7:30 pm)
  • How It’s Made: Remix: Chores (Science, 8:00 pm)
  • How It’s Made: Remix: Road Work (Science, 8:30 pm)
  • How It’s Made: Remix: Garage (Science, 9:00 pm)
  • Successful Farming Machinery Show (RFD-TV, 9:00 pm)
  • How It’s Made: Remix: Weapons (Science, 9:30 pm)
  • Holmes on Homes: Kitchen Coleslaw (HGTV, 10:00 pm)
 

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(TV Tonight, Saturday, February 6th, 2010) An incredibly minimal Saturday, but you guys have better things to do than watch TV anyway.

All times are central

  • Top Gear: Season 13 Ep. 1 (BBC America, 7:00 pm)
  • Dirty Jobs: Snake Researcher (Discovery, 5:00 pm)
  • Dirty Jobs: Alpaca Shearer (Discovery, 6:00 pm)
 

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(TV Tonight, Friday, February 5th, 2010) A new Swamp Loggers continues to hammer home the point that  swamps are wet and muddy. If you like something larger scale, Big, Bigger, Biggest looks at the construction of the International Space Station.

All times are central

  • Holmes on Homes: House Arrest (HGTV, 5:00 pm)
  • How Do They Do It?: Cargo Ships, Excavators, Newspaper (Science, 5:00 pm)
  • How Do They Do It?: Ice Breaker, Money, Bowling Alleys (Science, 5:30 pm)
  • Dirty Jobs: Wind Farm Technician (Discovery, 6:00 pm)
  • How Do They Do It?: Airplane Recycling, Fireworks, Computer Printer Cartridges (Science, 6:00 pm)
  • Ask This Old House: Banging Pipes, Installing Fiberglass Door (DIY, 6:30 pm)
  • How Do They Do It?: Gold, Escalators, Golf Clubs (Science, 6:30 pm)
  • Dirty Jobs: Gourd Maker (Discovery, 7:00 pm)
  • How It’s Made: Brushes & Push Brooms, Blackboards, Smoked Salmon, Zippers (Science, 7:00 pm)
  • How It’s Made: Car Engines, Flour, Recliners, Envelopes (Science, 7:30 pm)
  • Swamp Loggers: Waterlogged (Discovery, 8:00 pm)
  • How It’s Made: Swiss Army Knives, Player Piano Rolls, Oil Tankers, Racing Wheels (Science, 8:00 pm)
  • How It’s Made: Surfboards, Stickers, Sandwich Cookies, Concrete Roofing Tiles (Science, 8:30 pm)
  • Swamp Loggers: Swamp Fever (Discovery, 9:00 pm) NEW
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest: Spacecraft (Science, 9:00 pm) NEW
  • Deconstruction: Down the Drain (DIY, 10:30 pm)
 

Right now Lee Valley has their Precision Pen Oiler pen on clearance for $5.00.

From the photos, it appears to be the Empire 2776 Precision Oiler that was covered before at a price of $8.00. It’s of much better construction that the usual plastic tube pin oilers and looks like a useful item for tiny oiling jobs. Push-button action disposes a “drop” at a time (no mention of volume per drop). And it has a sealed cap so you can carry it in your pocket without worrying about spills.

Lee Valley Precision Oiler Pen [leevalley.com]

 

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(TV Tonight, Thursday, February 4th, 2010) Paul Jr. pitches a new line of dog toys on a new American Chopper. Seriously. Oh, they also build a bike for the Stewart-Haas Nascar team. But it’s really all about the dog toys.

All times are central

  • Prototype This!: Automated Pizza Delivery (Science, 5:00 pm)
  • Some Assembly Required (Science, 6:00 pm)
  • Ask This Old House: Pruning a Tree, Installing a Shower Mixing Valve (DIY, 6:30 pm)
  • American Chopper: Monster Diesel Bike (TLC, 7:00 pm)
  • Factory Made: Pencils, Giant Bolts, Pickles, Inflatables (Science, 7:00 pm)
  • Factory Made: Trombones, Drive-Through Windows, Bottled Water, Baseball Bats (Science, 7:30 pm)
  • American Chopper: Stewart-Haas Racing Bike (TLC, 8:00 pm) NEW